|A standard sky drain.|
|Even skydrains are vulnerable to breakdowns. This|
one needed to be propped open with a pasta roller
We are, however, fond of one particular piece of kitchen equipment. It's not electric, and the mechanics are simple. This little low-tech gem sits above the sink. When the cover is down, it looks like any cupboard. But water goes straight down into the (hopefully) sink. It's essentially a drain, a descendant, we like to think, of the first and greatest Roman drains: the cloaca maxima (#40 in RST's Top 40).
This drain just drains dishes. Because of its position, we call it the "sky drain." Sky drains are important because Roman kitchens are small and dishwashers few. Simple. Convenient. Efficient. Nice.