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Bringing the grill inside

The Ariete SteakHouse Grill cooks steaks vertically, which makes for a grill you can use in your kitchen.

Ariete's SteakHouse Grill Ariete

I had this apartment complex manager with whom I waged a two-year war over whether I could have a grill. I finally gave in and started broiling my steaks.

But Ariete, an Italian kitchen gadget maker best known for its espresso makers, seems to have developed a solution: the SteakHouse Grill. This grill isn't precisely a grill--it's vertical and runs on electricity. Its exposed heating elements, however, seems to do a good job of cooking a steak, right down to the grill marks. Furthermore, the vertical nature of the SteakHouse Grill allows fat to drip off, making for a healthier meal.

My apartment manager couldn't find a problem with the SteakHouse Grill. It's electric, so there's not much of a chance of me accidentally catching the apartment on fire when I'm out grilling. It doesn't give off any smoke, either, because of the way fat will drip off, so he couldn't call me on smoke damage. There have been cheaper grills, though: the SteakHouse Grill's price tag reads $220.

It is a big piece of equipment to keep in a small kitchen. Its base is just about 1 square foot, requiring a decent amount of counter space. And, honestly, I'm still working on getting used to the idea of cooking my steaks vertically.