Product review: Lagostina lidded stewpot

Put some Italian passion into your cooking The Lagostina pan combines Italian styling with great construction– a rarely seen combination. It is certainly attractive enough to be a pot you keep on the hob. Its design is modern, with a hint to the classic.

An aluminium core and stainless steel outers ensure heat is passed uniformly through the pan. This is important to ensure an even heat so food cooks at the same speed. It is solid too, which indicates a good base. The stainless steel exterior is mirror polished to a shiny finish. At £115 It's on the higher end of the price scale for pans of this type – but is good quality and looks the part.

Handles are bolted, not forged; which according to some makes it easier to clean – in my experience it makes very little difference. Bolted handles do have the advantage of staying cooler whilst the pan is in use, however.

The pan was perfect for cooking spaghetti which didn’t stick at all. In the manufacturer’s instructions it does indicate the pasta could, over time, cause marks inside the pan. This is quite normal for a stainless steel pan – they do pick up marks and stains and discolour slightly. Although it can be used in the oven, this isn't reccommended as again this would lead to discolouration.

Dishwasher safe, the pan is suitable for use on induction, gas, electric and ceramic hobs.

Lagostina 24cm lidded stewpot from £115, at all good cookshops

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