If you want to skip the travel and engagement stuff, the kitchen design starts at the 8:30 mark.
Do you need to travel to Italy to design your kitchen? No, not really, but its a helluva lot more fun...and it was the perfect cover for my proposal idea.
In all seriousness, I wanted to sit down with my kitchen supplier because this is my personal kitchen and I wanted to go over every detail, which you can see in the Kitchen Deep Dive video linked below. Mittel Cucine does such a great job and they are always innovating with new finishes, new accessories, etc so we wanted to get our eyes on all this stuff, sit in a focused environment and make sure we crossed all our T's and dotted all our i's.
At the end of the day, whether your kitchen supplier is stateside, or in Italy, changes after you've started production will cost you a lot of time and money, so its worth YOUR focused time up front to consider each and every last detail.
Kitchen Deep Dive: https://youtu.be/gBlK0II-pzs