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Lagostina is an Italian cookware manufacturer that makes a wide range of cookware. It was founded in Omegna Italy during 1901 by Carlo Lagostina. They produce stainless steel, copper and even non stick cookware. However, since they are not well known in America, it is a little hard to make sense of their offering. This article will give you a better idea on how to judge their cookware. It will also give you a better insight on how their cookware is designed.
Lagostina Cookware Stainless Steel Quick Summary
|Categories||Lagostina 2qt saucepan|
|Colors||Hammered Stainless Steel and Copper|
|Brand Awareness||Italy and America|
|Weight||Weight: 2.05 lb 930 g Lid Weight: 6.28 lb 285 g|
|Country of Manufacturer||China|
|Thoughts||A Beautiful, Affordable and Well Designed Sauce Pot. You cannot go wrong with their cookware.|
|Tested Cookware||Lagostina 2qt saucepan|
What is Tri Ply Cookware?
Tri Ply cookware is cookware that is made with three bonded metal. Usually they will sandwich a layer of aluminum between two stainless steel. They do this to utiltize the best properties of the different metal. Stainless Steel do not stain nor rust, but it is also a poor conductor of heat. While Aluminum is a great heat conductor, it reacts to food and it tends to warp. By combining them, you will mostly eliminate the downside of these metals.
Another factor to consider is that usually for tri ply and fully cladded cookware. The thickness remains constant from the base to the side wall. The reason why you want this, is to prevent heat spot from occurring. Cookware with a overly thick base tends to be cooler than the side. Since the sidewall is thin, relative to the base, it rises in heat much more rapidly. What happens is that food will usually scorch on the side.
Lagostina Martella Stainless Steel Design
Lagostina makes two version of this cookware. One is copper and the other is stainless steel. Both type have a aluminum core with a stainless steel interior. The Copper on the other version is just on the exterior and its superficial. The amount of copper that you get from that version, will not yield any significant performance increase.
Lagostina Cookware Handle
The handle on Lagostina Martella are actually surprisingly well designed. It is very comfortable when you hold it. The flat shape of the handle gives your hand a firm grip. This will prevent it from rotating if your hand is greasy. It is nice and wide with rounded corner so that it wont cause fatigue. Near the bottom of the base, there is a Y heat choke to prevent heat from transferring to the handle. It is also made of stainless steel, meaning that it will stay cool longer.
The angle of the handle is also slightly raised towards you. This type of design will fit the natural grip of your hand. All in all, the handles on these skillet is very well made.
Since I only have their sauce pot, I will only comment on that. But even from this I am impressed. It seems like they designed this sauce pot to be a hybrid. It has the shape of a saute pan but the height of a sauce pot. Meaning that it is more wide than tall. These type of cookware is ideal because it maximizes the cooking surface area. If you have a narrow space for searing food, it tends to steam. A wider surface area means that you can sear food in less batches. The tall height of the pot also means that it can hold more liquid. The lip is also rolled for easy pouring of liquid.
The pot has a thickness of around 2.58 mm. While this may be good for copper cookware, it is not for a triply. In general, you want a nice heavy pot. This will let it maintain its heat throughout cooking. Other manufacturer will make their cookware around this thickness. However, I grade them low for using such a thin amount of aluminum. Usually they will sell you a upper tiered version where the thickness is at least 3 mm.
Lagostina Martella Stainless Steel Hammered Finish
For Copper cookware, the reason why there is a hammered finish, is to anneal them. Since copper is a soft metal, annealing is necessary to harden it. This will help in maintaining its shape. Both the copper and stainless steel version is done for looks, nothing more. It also looks like it was done with a machine. It is much too uniform for it to be done by hand. While this is mostly done for vanity, I love it. There is nothing more beautiful than a hammered stainless steel. I should also note that they lose in terms of beauty and luster compared to Ruffoni. The Ruffoni Opus Prima line is simple beautiful.
Fit and Finish
Fit and Finish on this pot is excellent. I do not see any odd burrs or mark. It looks like it was machine made.
Lagostina Cookware Specs
Note:These measurement are done by me with the tools that I have on hand. The manufacturers have their own measurement guidelines and that should be assumed to be accurate. What I find on this review can vary widely due to several factors, such as ambient temperature, location, water, tool calibration, stove btu, etc..and should only be considered as my opinion.
Weight: 2.05 lb 930 g Lid Weight: 6.28 lb 285 g
Rim Width:Around 7.75 inch
Base Cooking Diameter: Around 6.25 inch
Height: Around 3.23 inch
Thickness: Around 2.58 mm
Lagostina Cookware Stainless Steel Thoughts
Overall, this pan is very well designed. Although it is beautiful, it seems to lack the finess that Ruffoni has. There is just something about it that makes it a better package. But regardless, for the price, you cant beat Lagostina Martella Stainless Steel cookware. You can get beautiful Italian cookware for the fraction of the price of its competitor. Just be aware that its made in China.
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