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Batali vs. Le Creuset

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Just saw a red six-quart Mario Batali dutch oven in the Crate & Barrel holiday catalog for $99.95. This appears to be barely half of the cost of the 5.5-quart Le Creuset. Anybody with experience with the Batali brand? Comments welcomed, thanks.

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  1. Copco produces the Batali line in China; whereas Staub and Le Creuset are both made in France. The only negative that I've heard about the Batali line is that the quality control/inspections are not up to snuff leading to some pieces being shipped out that wouldn't be rejected in the case of Staub or LC. If you check your piece in the store for any surface defects, and it passes muster it should be fine.

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    1. re: Sam Harmon

      Thx for the details Sam. Is regular Copco made in China now?

      when I saw the topic, my first thought was Batali abusing his Creuset on the Molto mario show with metal tools . . .
      ha
      always makes me cringe!

    2. I've had mine for about four months, and it is my hands down favorite kitchen item. I use it at least twice a week. It cooks great, it cleans up great. I've never had the bucks to by the LC stuff, so I can't compare, but I can't see how I could like it any better. This thing just does everything I ask of it so wonderfully. By the way, it's often on sale at Amazon. I bought mine for $80 and I saw it go as low as $60.

      1. Wait! the persimmon batali 6 quart is on Amazon for $79.99! i just ordered it myself the other day. not sure if this link will work or not...

        http://www.amazon.com/Mario-Batali-It...

        1. A friend gave me the orange one for Xmas last year. It cooks and cleans up almost as well as a Le Creuset dutch oven. The main prob is that it chips sooo easily. Before I used it, I had chipped the top edge with the lid. After a few uses, more chips appeared. The quality of the enamel and the construction is simply inferior. But for the money, it does a very comparable job.

          1. There's a long discussion of Batali's pots here:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            I got my persimmon 6-quart two months ago off Amazon for $70 shipped. I've done braised beef ribs in barolo, tuscan white bean soup, a dozen other dishes. It's an excellent value for an enameled iron pot. Highly recommended.

            It ships with 4 little rubber clips for the lid so it doesn't chip when you store the pot. I use them religiously and have yet to chip it. I also only use wooden utensils and silicone tipped tongs.

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            1. re: monkeyrotica

              I use the rubber clips, too, when I store it. I'm talking about simply moving it around, washing it, lifting the lid when you're cooking, whatever. It chips easily. I have LC that I've used 100x as much over years, and not even a pinhole has penetrated the surface. That said, the Batali pot still is a nice piece of cookware.