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P.S.  I did a shallow dive down the rabbit hole to understand more about why some copper pans are lined and others not.  The need for a high and even heat seems to be the reason for cooking polenta in an unlined copper pan.  Acidic foods react with copper but given polenta is not generally acidic, using a traditional unlined pan should not be a problem.  I avoid using my tin lined pans at high heat but use them for low and slow in the BBQ.  This is because tin melts at temps above 230C (450F).

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1 hour ago, tekobo said:

Hiya @braindoc.  It is heavy gauge and lined and they confirmed that it is used for polenta.  That said, I just googled copper polenta pots online and they look nothing like this one.  Oh well, it is lovely, whatever it's official use 

Here is a typical polenta pot, from Rameria Mazzetti:

 

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I guess they can use that rondeau/casserole for polenta and lots of other things.

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The pans are solid, and gorgeous with a subtle hammered finish.  

I do not believe the phrase “currency arbitrage” has appeared in these forums before.  Once we knew we were not going to Europe this fall I stopped paying attention to exchange rates.  I was surprised to see the euro fall below one dollar several weeks ago.

Rameria Mazzetti sells on Amazon under the name Bottega del Rame (literally copper workshop).  They also have their own website, https://www.rameria.com/ .  Prices are in dollars on the former, euro on the latter.  The Amazon prices include shipping, the website does not.  Even adding shipping costs, the website prices are noticeably lower.  Also, during checkout on the website 20% was taken off the price since US buyers do not have to pay the VAT.  I don’t know if that happens with a purchase through Amazon.

If anyone is thinking about copper cookware, this is a good time.  Mazzetti’s prices compare favorably to those of the artisans here in the states.

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Those pots are for some serious cooking, once or twice a year I make a Kapusta (a Polish cabbage stew with meats and sauerkraut, etc), one of these is perfect. They appear to have a hammered finish, and the handles give them a strong imposing look. Definite winner in my book.

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