Meet the Montinis – The passionate Italian family behind Risoli cookware

When observing the Montinis, gathered together around a table drinking cups of coffee, they look like your typical Italian family. But behind the laughing and loud chatting, they are in fact the cookware giants responsible for creating the successful Risoli brand.

We all know that Italians are famous for supplying us with one of the most beautiful cuisines in the world. They are responsible for all things delicious. So when an Italian family creates a cooking range, you know it’s going to be special as it allows us to have our own little bit of Italy at home. The Montini family started the Risoli brand in the early sixties in Lumezzane, Italy. Their uniqueness is due to the way they make all of their kitchenware with love and passion.

The inspiration behind the brand

“A kitchen brings family and friends together and it is a place for love and laughter”. Alfredo Montini was responsible for starting Risoli. His idea was brewed from his love of cooking and “thinking out the box” when it came to creating something a little different that families can enjoy together when cooking in the kitchen.

Italians pride themselves on their cooking ability and their value on family. Montini then wanted to create a way to bring these two loves together. Mission accomplished! Risoli is now one of the best run family businesses in the cooking utensils market.

Alfredo Montini’s intention was to substitute the old cast iron kitchenware with a lightweight product. The result was easier to handle and easier to clean cookware. With a better, uniform heat distribution, in order to guarantee constant cooking and help food keep its natural taste.


The birth of the brand

When the idea to create Risoli was born, Alfredo took a big risk, as nobody within the industry wanted to change the old system. Everybody was comfortable using heavy metals, but Montini had a different vision. And now people all around the world are able to enjoy the benefits of cast aluminium, light weight, non-stick cookware in their kitchens.

Alfredo explains that big research is done inside the company to ensure there are high value and good quality products being created. They want the public to have a good experience when using Risoli items. That’s why the family is constantly looking for inspiration with regards to metals, colours and ideas for the Risoli range. “I had fifty years experience working with a famous Italian chef, and everybody in our family is always presenting their new ideas on the job”, says Alfredo, when asked about where the ideas behind the brand comes from.

Risoli family 2A family affair indeed

Everybody within the Montini family works on the inside. They claim business is run better this way because of the trust, love and respect that comes with mixing business and family. Alfredo and Marilena are still running the show with their two children Andrea and Cristina. As well as their spouses, and they are all playing a big role within the family business.

Marilena, Alfredo’s wife, was the first one to join in the company and now their children, Cristina and Andrea, are running the business as well. This passion, shared by the family, makes Risoli a typical Italian industrial company. The family are only content to produce products they would personally want to use in the kitchen. Their favourite item being Dr Green 28 cm frying pan, as it is easy to use, versatile and perfect for cooking a family dinner.

Staying true to their Italian roots, no work can get done without a good cup of Italian coffee. When asked who makes the best cup of coffee in the family, it was quickly answered that Marilena. The mother in the family, is responsible for making the most delicious brew. “She takes care and she takes her time when making the coffee. There are no big flames, only small ones. We use the Zarina coffee maker and we always drink our coffee together as a family”. Coffee time is brain storming time for the Montini family.

Andrea and Cristina will take over the family business when Alfredo and Marilena decide to fully hand the business over to their children. Andrea has already been in charge of Risoli for the past twenty years. After his studies and experience within the company, he feels like he is fully capable of continuing to run and keep the reputation of Risoli alive. Cristina is also very much involved. Both siblings will in turn, hand the business over to their children when the day comes for them to retire.


In the kitchen with the Montinis

Like most Italian families, the Montinis are happiest when they are in the kitchen. Cooking together as a family is something they cherish. One piece of advice the family would pass on to other families using Risoli cookware is that before you can put love or passion into your cooking, you need to firstly love yourself. “Good food needs a good cooking plan and a lot of love”, says Alfredo.

Dr Green Sauce Pan is an item that ranks very highly within the Montini family. The reason being that when cooking with this pan, the result will be, “The best steak or vegetables ever!”. Alfredo believes  it’s the way of the future when it comes to cooking, because of its easy-to-cook, easy-to-clean concept.

Induction cookware has become more widespread in our homes and for this reason. Risoli has dedicated an entire range, unique to their brand, that collaborates easily with other kitchenware items to allow for high resistance, energy saving and a lifetime guarantee, when cooking. The Universal Induction Disc Adaptor from Risoli is scratch resistant, non-stick, with a thickness of 7 mm. This proves a guarantee of quality, and the ability to convert any cookware item into a induction stove suitable piece.


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One response to “Meet the Montinis – The passionate Italian family behind Risoli cookware”

  1. Cav. Andre Martinaglia Avatar
    Cav. Andre Martinaglia

    ”In 1994 I was guest of the Italian Muncipal Police , Commander Maria Franca Montini in Torino. On return I was informed about a South African family Montini from north Italian descent and who had visited their relatives there. The surname Montini is also related to one of the Pope’s of the Vatican. Are you all related? I am running the ”Italian History in South Africa Group” on fb. You are most welcome to join and to post there. With Kind Regards, Cav. Andre Martinaglia Kenilworth, Cape Town.

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