CHEF PAN: meet the ultimate risotto maker

When someone asks us “What Ruffoni do you recommend to start my collection?” our advice is usually the Chef Pan

It’s true, a parent shouldn't have a favorite child, but our Chef Pan checks all the boxes to become a (a, not the!) favorite in the kitchen.

Why do we love it so much?
For its versatile shape, which make it perfect for sautéing vegetables, browning then simmering stews, and thickening sauces, but also for its discreet yet capacious size that makes it perfect for a family's daily use or small-group entertaining. Besides, it's really handy: thanks to its comfortable long handle you can practice your chef moves and mix the ingredients with just one hand (and use the other to pour yourself a well deserved glass of wine)!

Its versatility makes it a real kitchen workhorse that can be used in many different recipes, but the Chef Pan really shines when making risotto: its wide base ensures a steady absorption of broth – so that all flavors are absorbed while water evaporates quickly – and the rounded sides ease stirring and prevent stubborn grains from getting stuck in the corners.

(Speaking of risotto… learn how to make risotto al radicchio the Ruffoni way!) 

Our Chef Pan has several friends:

  • Nadia, the one and only Pasta Queen, uses it all the time: for a deliciously creamy pasta and potatoes for example, but also for her 100% Italian spaghetti alla carbonara
  • Amanda, of Striped Spatula, owns a sizable Ruffoni collection, but it all begun with a cherished chef pan gifted to her by her mother
  • Chef Nick Stellino is so fond of his Chef Pan that he even gave it a name, and wonderful back story: Russuliddu Malu.

Russuliddu Malu was quite a specimen of a copper pan, its armor was decorated with a hand-hammered finish and its long, smooth handle had an inset medallion that made it as elegant as a sword of a renaissance Italian “Condottiero”. Russuliddu Malu was its name, in spite of the fact it was born in northern Italy, in Piedmont in the town of Omegna. This pan had an attitude, and was not afraid to tussle with others, if it had to. Most times it did it just for sport, just because it could… always pushing the limits.
- Chef Nick Stellino

Now you just have to choose your very own Chef Pan.
Historia, Opus Cupra, Symphonia Prima or Symphonia Cupra?

If the choice seems impossible we have created a practical comparison chart to help you, but if you have other questions please contact us at – we are always happy to help out! – or join our community on Instagram!