Celebrity Chef • Mario Batali Cookware Review

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cookware

Mario Batali has become a household name but surely Mario Batali pans would become a crowd favorite too. This award-winning cookbook author who has restaurants not just in three states in America but has reached two Asian countries too, has partnered with Dansk to give us the Mario Batali cookware.

A celebrity chef known by many for his appearances in shows like Iron Chef America has made it possible for Batali to launch his very own Mario Batali Kitchenware. His brightly colored cookware line will surely be a pretty addition to anyone’s kitchen.

Mario Batali Cast Iron Cookware

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Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

This Dutch oven is suitable to use for tenderloins, chicken and roast and can also be used to slow-cook meals.

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Light Cast Iron Braiser

If you want a leight weight braiser with great heat distribution, this product is an excellent choice.

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Enameled Cast Iron Round Casserole

If you're looking for a casserole that can be used on induction stoves, this is a wonderful option.

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Set of 2 Stoneware Round Casseroles

If you bake a lot and like making individual soufflés, this set of casseroles is made for you.

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Mario Batali is in partner with Dansk that is known for their Scandinavian design and high-quality products for the creation of his cookware. But what made Mario Batali cookware strike out most is that the colors of the kitchenware can’t be considered bland. The Mario Batali enameled cast iron cooking set will be a pop of color in your kitchen if purchased.

✔️ Mario Batali Cast Iron Dutch Oven Chianti

The 6-quart round Dutch oven pot in the Mario Batali line of cookware is 14.24 inches long with the handle and 10.75 inches long without it. The depth is 4.5 inches and it comes with a lid that has a cast stainless knob with it. Considering the round shape and depth of this product, it’ll be suitable to use for tenderloins, chicken and roast and can also be used to slow-cook meals.

If you want a smaller version of this Mario Batalli pot, there’s actually a 4-quart round version of it too. The smaller one can be used to cook smaller batches of meals. According to hearsay, there’s even a mini version of this pot but it’s almost impossible to be found.

Pros:

  • The heat is evenly distributed throughout the pot.
  • It has a great heat retention quality.
  • The lid makes sure of natural blasting.
  • The enamel cast iron is durable and easy to clean.
  • It is safe for any cook top to be used and ovens.
  • It has lifetime warranty.

Cons:

  • Quality control of the product is questionable.
  • The craftsmanship is also terrible.

✔️ Mario Batali Cast Iron Braiser

Surprisingly for this braiser, it’s more than just that. Since it has a wide and shallow pan, it can be used to sear food or be used as a sauté pan. But obviously, since it’s a braiser, it’s best to used it as such.

This 16.5x13x2.75 braiser allows you to cook meat and vegetables slowly inside of it in their juice. The fact that it has handles on both sides and is lighter than other cast iron pans makes cooking easier for you too. You also won’t need to wait around for heat to be evenly distributed because it does it quick and evenly too.

It’s light and the design of this braiser isn’t too shabby considering that it was painted with three-coats of high-quality enamel. It’s actually also dishwasher safe but considering its design and the enamel quality finish that it has, it’s safer to handwash it than to let the machine do the washing.

Pros:

  • This cast iron braiser weighs lighter than other cast iron cookwares.
  • Heat is evenly distributed.
  • It’s made with light cast iron hence why it’s lighter than others.
  • It’s safe to be used in ovens and broilers.
  • It’s already seasons and is ready to be used.

Cons:

  • Must be hand-washed.

✔️ Mario Batali Cast Iron Casserole

The best thing about this cast iron casserole is the fact that it’s easy to cook in because of its lightness. Say goodbye to tired arms when making a casserole dish with using a casserole. Dansk and Mario Batali have made sure that home-cooks and chefs would be using a product that’s a mixture of high-quality and has an air of comfortability around it too.

This casserole has a 6-quart capacity and another great feature is the glass lid which is heat-proof. It’s safe to use on any cooking top, be it an induction cooker or stove top or even in ovens. If anything happens to it, you also won’t be hassled too much because you have a lifetime warranty on the product.

This only means that Mario Batali doesn’t only ensure quality product but also makes sure that if something happens, a warranty can save the day.

Pros:

  • It has a 6-quart capacity.
  • The glass lid is heat-proof.
  • It’s safe to use on stove tops and ovens.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • It doesn’t weigh as much as other cast-iron casseroles and is lighter compared to them.

Cons:

  • The lightness may be the reason why it can get easily destroyed.

✔️ Mario Batali Stoneware Casserole

This stoneware casserole is popular when it comes to making individual soufflés and many more. It can be considered a versatile cookware since it can be used for baking and for cooking too. Because of its pretty design, it’s presentable enough to store food that will be served in but can also be used to simply just store food.

The heat retention quality of this product is also a great feature. It can even be heated with using hot spots and it can be used with or without a lid on. This product comes with three varieties of color to choose from.

Pros:

  • It can be used for baking, serving and storing food.
  • The stoneware is durable.
  • It is considered dishwasher safe.
  • It’s also microwave safe.
  • It’s also safe in the oven but only up to 500 degrees.

Cons:

  • It’s heavy.

Other Mario Batali Cookware

Mario Batali kitchenware doesn’t merely focus on braisers, casseroles and oven pots. In fact, he has more products that you should check out because they might be products that you might need. This review will continue further on Mario Batali pots and pans.

1. Mario Batali 12-inch Open Sauté Pan

This 12-inch sauté pan comes in a variety of colors, yet the cooking surface is still black. It also includes a big handle and on the other end, there’s a short grip handle and the sides have indented spouts that aid in pouring the contents of the pan in a container. With a total length of 16 inches and a depth of 3 inches, this sauté pan can actually still fit in an oven.

Like most of the other products in Batali’s collection, this one also has amazing heat retention and even heat distribution. It’s safe to be used in an oven but only for up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also dishwasher safe and has a lifetime warranty too.

2. Mario Batali Chianti Skillet

This Mario Batali cast iron skillet can be used for searing, sauté and pan-frying your favorite food. Since it’s made from cast-iron, it can also be used for baking. At first glance, it may look like the sauté pan but the different between them is that on the opposite end of the handle, there isn’t a short grip handle to be used.

It has a nice color that’s not common with other cookware which can make it stand out a little bit in your kitchen. It’s also light and is oven-safe to 400 degrees.

3. Mario Batali Frying Pan Skillet

This frying pan skillet is highly recommended when you need to fry a fish. This is because that the frying pan is big enough for any fish that you would want to cook and the handle that it’s attached with is sturdy enough for you to flip your fish on the pan to soak it up with the seasoning and spices that will add more flavor in it.

Since it’s made with enamel cast iron, the heat retention is great that it doesn’t matter if you use a low setting to fry food. It has a ceramic-based non-stick interior and the glass is also heat-proof. Like the open sauté pan, it also has a long handle and a grip handle on the opposite end.

4. Mario Batali Cast Iron Griddle

This cast iron griddle pan is also considered as a Mario Batali grilled pan which means that it can be used as both. You can sear your chicken and steak when it’s used as a griddle but it’s also capable of putting grill lines on your steak to give that juicy stake the mark of it being grilled well. You don’t have to worry about the heat too since like the other cookware, it has excellent heat retention quality.

5. Mario Batali Lasagna Pan

The first thing that we have to address with this cookware is the fact that it’s no longer made out of cast iron, but it’s considered as a stoneware. This is because that since it’s named as the lasagna pan, it’s meant to be used to cook pasta in and you cook pasta in stoneware, not in cast iron pans. But the great thing about this cookware is the fact that although it was originally meant for lasagna, it can also be used for a casserole and for roasts.

This product can be used for roasting and for baking. This stoneware is enameled and looks just as great as the other products in the collection. Also, it’s very simple to clean and is dishwasher safe.

6. Mario Batali Square Grill Pan

This product allows you to grill indoors which means that you no longer have to start a fire at the backyard just so you could make a grilled chicken and steak for dinner. With the Marion Batali grill pan, it makes grilling indoors possible and you shouldn’t have to worry about the heat too because of the cast iron’s great heat retention ability.

It would even give you the grill marks that you could acquire if you cook on an actual grill and it’s also easier to use this cookware because the handle makes the grilling an easier process for you too.

Also, it’s very quick to clean because it’s dishwasher friendly. But you also have to keep in mind that when it comes to enamel coated products, it’s always better to hand wash it to keep the pretty appearance of the cookware. You can hand wash it when you have the time though but if you don’t, it’s still okay to add it in the dishwasher.

7. Mario Batali Grill Pan Panini Press

An electric Panini press is more commonly used when it comes to making this sandwich. But recently, the market has released a Panini press pan and Mario Batali has released his own version of this pan.

Like the other frying pans or skillets that he has in his collection, the press pan also has a big handle and a grip handle at the opposite end of it. The dimensions are precise for a square pan. The best thing about this is that it can also be used like a grill pan but the thing that makes it different from a grill pan is the fact that it comes with a lid that you can use to press on.

8. Mario Batali Flat Iron

Since pizzas are considered as a crowd-favorite and a go-to food for most people, a homemade pizza always sounds great. This flat iron allows a home-cook to make his own pizza with its 12-inch size and griddle on the other side to make the process of carrying it from the counter to the oven an easier process. Professional-looking pizzas can be made with this cookware.

9. Mario Batali White Cookware

There isn’t anything special about this cookware but the fact that it comes in white. If you’re the kind of person that likes to keep things looking prim and pristine, the white color might suit you more. The issue about this though is that it’s better to hand-wash it to maintain the pristine appearance but it’s still dishwasher safe although it’s more advisable to hand wash it to maintain the enamel finish.

10. Mario Batali 14” Open Sauté Pan

There’s not much difference with this sauté pan with the one that was previously mentioned other than the fact that this one is bigger. Considering that it’s larger, it means that the ingredients being cooked aren’t crowding against each other. It’s a good sauté pan to cook chicken in considering that if you sauté chicken breast with a small pan, it won’t come out as good as it’s meant to.

Like the other sauté pan, it includes a handle and a short grip handle on the opposite end of it. It’s also made of cast iron and as mentioned throughout this article, cast iron have good heat retention and distribution quality which means that any product made out of it automatically retains and distributes heat well.

It’s easy to clean since it’s dishwasher friendly but considering that it also has an enamel coating in it, it’s adviced to hand-wash it to maintain the enamel coating. It’s safe to use on various cooking stoves like electric, gas and induction and even on ceramic top. It also comes in a variety of colors that will surely brighten your kitchen.

Mario Batali

Batali started as a sous chef in the Four Seasons Biltimore at the age of 29. Eventually Batali got to work with Jeremiah Tower who was the chef of the San Francisco restaurant called Stars. Batali considered Stars as the institution that honed him to be the celebrity chef that most people have come to eventually know.

He started to appear in shows like Molto Mario but eventually made a name out of himself and made Food Network popular. He formed the B&B Hospitality Group with Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich which created the flagship restaurant Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York which has earned its own Michelin star.

As previously mentioned in the introduction of the article, Batali has a famous American celebrity chef who has penned his own cookbook throughout the course of his career. He co-owned restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Boston, Singapore, Westport, and New Haven, Connecticut. He appeared on TV food shows and was featured as an iron chef in Iron Chef America.

Conclusion

It’s no question that Mario Batali has made sure that he has all the right cookware products and that they are made to satisfy customers.

When looking for cookware to use in your kitchen or to add in your collection, it’s always better to make sure if it’s of good quality and it’s more than just pretty cookware. One of the things that you have to remember is that you shouldn’t merely purchase something because it’s pretty.

Mario Batali cookware has proven that it’s more than just pretty colors and design. Hopefully, this review has been insightful and informative for you. Glad to be of help.

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Peter Allen

Peter Allen

Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

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