Ballarini Cookware Review

Ballarini Company​

Ballarini was founded in 1889 as a family owned business by Paolo Ballarini. He started out making kitchen utensils and by 1931 they were selling over 2000 items including cookware and tableware products.

In recent years the business was bought over by Zwilling J.A Henckel, a well-known cookware manufacturer. Ballarini now boasts a variety of superior quality aluminum cookware, which is all created and manufactured where it all started – Italy.

Ballarini offers a variety of cookware, which is available in sets or as individual pieces. Some of their better-known ranges are Parma, Como and Pisa, but they also have several other ranges like the Series 2800, Series 4000 and the ServInTavola.

Below we have reviewed a set from each of the better know ranges and a few separate other individual pieces.

BALLARINI PISA

Pisa is the low-end series of  Ballarini lineup.

Set availability

ballarini pisa cookware setPisa comes in 2, 7 and 10-piece sets

2-piece set:

  • 10″ fry pan
  • 12″ fry pan

7 piece set:

  • 8″ fry pan
    1.5-quart saucepan and lid
    2.9-quart sauté pan and lid
    4.8-quart stockpot and lid

10-piece set:

  • 8″ fry pan
  • 10″ fry pan
  • 1.5-qt. saucepan and lid
  • 2.8-qt. saucepan and lid
  • 2.9-qt. sauté pan and lid
  • 4.8-qt. Dutch oven and lid

Material

These pots and pans are triple-layer coated with the unique Keravis non-stick coating, which makes both cooking and cleaning enjoyable.

The non-stick layer is both PFOA-free and scratch resistant and you can use metal utensils when cooking. The coating is strengthened with ceramic particles, which offer non-stick cooking, and perfect browning while using less oil.

The cookware is made out of cold-forged aluminum, which heats up quickly and retains heat well while evenly distributes it. You can securely control your pots and pans when cooking without worrying about burning your hand’s thanks to the stay-cool handles provide on the pots and pans.

Unfortunately, these claims are disputed by product owners. Multiple users have complained that the non-stick layer has chipped. Since this is common to most of the non-stick layers we haven’t been surprised.

Induction and dishwasher compatibility

Ballarini Pisa set is not induction compatible but works with all other types of stoves.

Ballarini claims that Pisa is dishwasher safe. We would recommend washing pots and pans by hand since dishwasher shortens the lifespan of a non-stick layer.

PROS

  • PFOA-free and scratch resistant​
  • Stay cool handles​
  • Retains and evenly distributes heat​
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Made in Italy

CONS

  • Non-stick layer isn't as durable as advertised
  • Not oven safe
  • Incompatible with induction cooker

VERDICT

The only set we would recommend is the 2-pan set for cooking eggs.  All other sets in the Pisa line will last only a couple of years at best. Incompatibility with induction and oven makes it even worse choice.  

Final verdict: not recommended.

BALLARINI PARMA

ballarini parma cookware setCookware in the Ballarini Parma range offers easy non-stick cooking, quick clean up and excellent scratch resistance.

The Ballarini Parma range boasts a variety of sets as well as individual pots and pans. The Ballarini Parma 10-Piece Forged Iron Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set is one of those sets. It has the same features as the Pisa range, but is coated with the Granitium non-stick coating instead, which is strengthened ceramic particles and boasts a beautiful speckled look.

Customers thoroughly enjoy the quality of their cookware and how easy it is to cook with and clean. They also say that the aluminum heats more evenly than steel and that thanks to the non-stick layer they don’t have to cook with oil or butter.

The pans are thicker and heavier than normal non-stick pans and have great temperature control. They have a thermopoint indicator that lets you know when your pan is ready for cooking. This allows for accurate temperature control, which prevents overheating and damage.

PROS

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Cold forged aluminum provides even heat distribution while cooking
  • The non-stick layer is scratch resistant
  • Stay cool handles provide comfort and protection

CONS

  • Several customers received their cookware sets with warped and misshapen pots and pans
  • The pot lids can’t be used interchangeably with the pans

VERDICT

This superior range is dishwasher and is a huge bonus for cleaning after cooking. The thermopoint indicator will help prolong the life of your non-stick layer and is a great aid while cooking. The ceramic coating on the exterior of the pots and pans is ultra heat resistant and very easy to clean. There are also individual post and pans in this range.

BALLARINI COMO

Ballarini como cookware setBallarini’s Como boasts all the same features as the Pisa and Parma range, but has an aluminum thickness of 4.6mm as opposed to Parma’s 4mm. The Ballarini Como Forged Aluminum Non-Stick 10-Piece Cookware Set is made for a clientele who are looking for heavier cookware that has a more durable non-stick layer.

The Como’s interior triple-layered non-stick coating is made of Keravis Plus and is strengthened with ceramic particles. This range also offers the thermopoint indicators, which tell you when the pan is hot enough to cook with and when it’s cool enough to clean.

The pots and pans are very easy to clean and are dishwasher safe. They are made out of ultra thick, cold forged aluminum, which is 3 times more energy efficient than cast iron and much lighter in comparison.

The cookware is black, which doesn’t really make a big impression, but it will blend in nicely with the rest of your cookware. The heat resistant handles will help you control the pots and pans when cooking on a high heat.

PROS

  • The ultra thick aluminum and triple layer Keravis Plus coating make these pots and pans more durable.
  • The aluminum in the pots and pans makes them very energy efficient and prevents hotspots.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Its exterior ceramic coating is also ultra heat resistant.

CONS

  • The Como range’s non-stick coating is made with PTFE.
  • Como is more expensive than Parma or Pisa.

VERDICT

Ballarini Como offers a more durable cookware for people looking for a more longer lasting and more expensive cookware set. It has all the same features as the Parma and Pisa range except that it is made with thicker aluminum and a stronger non-stick coating. Ballarini Como also offers a PTFE-free non-stick coating. There are also individual pots and pans in the Como range, which offer all the same features.

Series 2800

ballarini series 2800 cookware setThe Ballarini Series 2800 range offers good quality, restaurant standard cookware. They are designed for intensive use and are the ideal pan for refined home chefs.

The Ballarini Professionale 2800 9.5-inch Fry Pan is an excellent example of this. It is constructed of thick, cold forged aluminum that provides even heating and no cold spots. The pan has a stay cool hollow tube handle, which is constructed and secured to endure frequent use.

This series offers the professional Kerastone Profi Granite coating. This is a superior non-stick coating that increases the durability of the pan. This is a long-lasting, metal-safe coating, which is strengthened with ceramic particles.

This pan can be used on all hobs except induction. It will not bulge when heated thanks to its superior flat-base stability.

PROS

  • This series offers all the same quality features as the other Ballarini cookware, but offers greater durability.
  • Customers have found the pan to be well built and the non-stick coating to be superior.
  • The pan will not bulge when heated, because of its superior flat-base stability.

CONS

  • The pan is not induction compatible.

VERDICT

Made to withstand intensive use and coated in a superior quality non-stick coating, this pan is ideal for someone who cooks often and expects high standards from their cookware.

SERIES 4000

bellarini series 4000 saucepanThe Ballarini Series 4000 range has a thicker aluminum design, which increases energy efficiency by heating up quickly and evenly distributing heat.

The Ballarini Professionale 4000 3-QT Aluminum Saucepan does just that. It is made out of 5mm thick, cold forged aluminum, which is 9 times better at conducting heat than stainless steel and 3 times better than cast iron. The pan also has superior flat-base stability, which prevents it from warping, even at high heats.

This saucepan is compatible with all cooking hobs except induction and is oven safe up to a heat of 600F. The handle is a stainless steel hollow tube, which stays cool while cooking, and is riveted firmly to the saucepan.

This saucepan does not come with a lid but fits an 8-inch lid, if you don’t own one you can purchase it separately.

PROS

  • The thicker aluminum design offers increased energy efficiency.
  • The saucepan has an attractive brushed look.
  • It is oven safe up to 600F

CONS

  • The saucepan doesn’t come with a lid
  • A customer has said that boiling water leaves marks on the saucepan

VERDICT

This saucepan is perfect for anyone looking for energy efficient cookware that is built to last. It can withstand high oven temperatures and is compatible with most hobs.

 Ballarini ServInTavola Copper 4.3" Mini Dutch Oven with Lid SERVEINTAVOLA

ServeInTavola is an eye-catching range of cookware. Specifically created for chefs who like stylish table dressings, it compliments the attention and detail the chef has put into meal with its beautiful looks. The Ballarini ServeInTavola Copper 4.3-inch Mini Dutch Oven With Lid is beautiful with its copper outside and lavish old world-brass handles.

The dutch oven is 2.3mm thick, the inside is aluminum and the outside sports a lovely copper layer, giving it the ratio of 15% copper and 85% aluminum. Thanks to the aluminum, this dutch oven is antibacterial, hygienic and retains flavors. The aluminum also helps retain and distribute heat evenly. The brass handles are solidly riveted to the pot sides.

It is safe to use this pot on all hobs except induction and it can be used in the oven on temperatures up to 500F.

PROS

  • These are beautiful presentation pots for serving dishes in style.
  • The dutch oven is antibacterial, hygienic and retains flavors.

CONS

  • The brass handles contain lead, which is known to cause health issues.
  • The dutch oven is not induction compatible.

VERDICT

If you’re looking for something unique that will add a special touch to your presentation, this is the range to use. The copper and aluminum mix works well together. This range provides the heat retention and distribution one needs when cooking, while also offering a spectacular serving option.

OUR RECOMMENDATION

The Ballarini Como range with its ultra thick aluminum base is our top choice. Its overall performance and its excellent features ensure a superior cooking experience. After reviewing a range of Ballarini products, this range offers the best performance and durability at a competitive price.