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Aug 23, 2008 06:13 PM

Paderno of PEI any good?

I know they don't compare with Paderno of Italy, but does anyone have an opinion on this cookware made in Canada?

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  1. It is excellent for what it is. Once per year they have substantial sales on their products. I bought the "Albertan" set last fall for $199, discounted from the regular $799. Yes, you read that correctly.

    I don't know where this notion comes from that the Canadian Paderno is vastly inferior to the Italian one. They are both stainless steel pots with aluminum disc bottoms. The disc on the Canadian pots is not encapsulated in any way, which I find to be a detriment to the looks of the pots which have an unnatural "lump" on the bottom (the disc). On the other hand, this form of construction allows you to clearly see that there is a substantial amount of aluminum there and while I haven't measured it and am not at home to do so, I'd estimate that it is similar to the 1/5th to 1/4 inch thickness as reported in the Italian ones. Furthermore, the Canadian company provides a 25 year warranty against any defects, warping, or loosening of the (welded) handles; this should assure you of their manufacturing quality. The lids fit beautifully and the rolled edges do allow drip-free pouring. The handles have hoops to allow for hanging and the lids will slide over the handle to hang with the pots.

    They are not the best pots in the world. With disc bottoms they heat extremely evenly - on the bottom. They are not All-Clad, or copper Mauviels, or heavy Le Creusets, but then again, I bought my entire set for less money than one piece of those. At the end of the day they are above-average pots and pans with a world-class warranty, and superbly even heating (bottom, not sides) available from time to time for remarkable prices. I have no regrets about my purchase.

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    1. re: Zedeff

      Thanks, Zedeff. I suspected as much. From looking at past posts it seemed as if paderno canada was a cheap imitation-- good to hear that isn't the case.

    2. I really like the Paderno pieces that I have (I brought them with me when I moved to Belgium!).

      Like Zedeff said, the sale prices can't be beat - I don't think I've ever paid full price.

      1. It is NOT the same cookware. Paderno Grand Gourmet, made in Italy and sold at Bridge Kitchenware, is tit-for-tat similar to Sitram Catering/Professional.

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        1. re: RGC1982

          Paderno Grand Gourmet and Sitram Catering are similar in quality, but there's at least one big difference between them. Paderno GG has a 1/4"-thick aluminum disc bottom, while the Sitram Catering line's disc bottom is 2.5-mm-thick copper covered by a thin layer of stainless steel. Sitram's less-expensive Profiserie line has a thick aluminum disc bottom, but that cookware isn't as sturdy as the Paderno.

          1. re: Miss Priss

            Agreed totally. I really intended to convey that those are both in a different class of cookware than the PEI version, which is intended as a moderately priced line. I was trying to find something similar to compare it to. They are both different from the PEI version and from each other, but Sitram and Paderno GG are, IMO, much nicer than the PEI stuff. Your comment was interesting, because I happen to like the 1/4" thick disk bottom of the Paderno GG quite a bit too.

            1. re: RGC1982

              Thanks for the info! I've often admired Paderno GG at kitchenware shops, but right now it's outside my price range. I did get a couple of Sitram Catering pieces at a deep discount, and they're great.

        2. we were in PEI on the long weekend and bought a Paderno egg pan
 but ours was $48 inclg tax

          1. You might want to get your facts straight. Paderno is from PEI, NOT Italy


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              1. re: rdm08966

                There are two Padernos. One is in PEI, and another unrelated company is in Italy. That is why I, and others, have been trying to differentiate the Italian made brand. The line most often seen here from Italy is Paderno Grand Gourment. Paderno from PEI is totally different stuff.