A Quest for Efficiency Fuels Passion at TecnogasSUPERIORE
What is hot, sexy, Italian and soon to be gracing kitchens across America? No, it’s not my husband 😉 , it’s TecnogasSUPERIORE. I had the pleasure of meeting the new SUPERIORE line during my recent daytrip to Miami.
The South Florida introduction of this new line of Italian dream appliances took place at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables Florida. Built by developer George Merrick in 1924, the Biltmore resembles the finest in classic Mediterranean architecture. It remains the centerpiece of Merrick’s vision of Coral Gables as an elegant, stately suburb, which he called “The City Beautiful.” Did I mention I was born there?
Back to TecnogasSUPERIORE! Manufactured strictly for the North American market, this line features optional panoramic windows, American sizing as well as a variety of cooking options including gas, induction and convection. Founded in 1952, Tecnogas is the premiere manufacturer of ranges and matching hoods in Italy.
Check out this early version (left ) of a gas range devised by the two young and inquisitive Contini brothers. It’s called a Mobilfornello, an unconventional device that brought together a cook top and a propane tank compartment. We’ve come a long way since then but that very same enthusiasm can still be found today in CEO Antonio Di Tommaso who was on hand to introduce the product. He speaks of his product with a twinkle of enthusiasm and his passion for what he does is very apparent.
Gas has always been a preferred cooking method with chefs. For some of us, there is no substitute for the regal flame, however you can’t beat the efficiency of induction cooking. It’s the future. TechnogasSUPERIORE knows that and they know that Americans love options! Meet NEXT. This contemporary series offers gas AND induction cooking surfaces for perfect versatility. In addition to that, there is an option for large viewing window so you don’t have to open the oven to see what’s going on with your turkey. If you do open the oven you will also love the soft-close door feature. This is a detail we have been including on cabinet doors and drawers for years and what a good idea it is for your oven too!
TecnogasSUPERIORE ranges and hoods are made in Gualtieri, located in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, which also happens to be the heart of the Italian automotive industry. Think Lamborghini, Ferrari, you get the picture, fine Italian detail and design. For them, it was only natural for these elements to be incorporated into their products. Cuisine and an enthusiasm for cooking are celebrated in this region of Italy.
Since size counts when it comes to our ovens, you can find 6.7 cubic feet in their 36″ ovens. They call them “big gas ovens”! (say that quickly three times and you’ve got the right idea). A perfect blend of function with a distinctive Italian flair customized for American taste is what defines TecnogasSUPERIORE.
The DECO series is for you if you want a punch of color in your kitchen. Matte finishes include brown, red, cream and black with a variety of finishes available on the Deco-inspired knobs. All smart chefs know that when you have a range, adequate ventilation is a must. TecnogasSUPERIORE has got you covered there too.
Hoods to pair with all range styles offer a 600 CFM capacity. It isn’t just about the looks, you see.
TecnogasSUPERIORE is distributed throughout the US by Almo. They have also established a nationwide service network of partners trained as experts in their appliances. Feel free to contact me for pricing and availability. I say every kitchen has a “star”. If you love to cook in style, this could be yours!
Update 11/13/15- Tecnogas Superiore Ranges start at $3200 for 30” sizes, under $4500 for 36” and up to $10,000 for the Tri Fuel. The line is available at fine appliance retailers on the east coast and will be available in early 2016 in the Central US and West Coast.
Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.