The Sambonet company of Italy has crafted beautiful tableware and dining service products for leading hotels and restaurants for many decades. Pestigious hotel customer chain customers include the Four Seasons, One & One, Mandarin Oriental, Penisula, Shangri La, Hyatt, Hiltion, Intercontinental, Starwood, and Le Meridien.
Sambonet has been in business since the year 1856 when Giuseppe Sambonet received his letters patent as master goldsmith in northern Italy. During the following years, Sambonet became the Official Purveyor to many noble families, including the Duchess of Genoa and the Count of Turin. In the year 1932, Sambonet became the first factory in Italy to manufacture tableware in both sterling silver and silverplate. In 1938, the company developed an innovative process for the fabrication of stainless steel flatware and shortly thereafter developed a method to silverplate stainless steel. Sambonet entered the international market in the year 1956 as it was selected from 53 competitors to provide the Cairo Hilton Hotel with a holloware line that is even now in the Sambonet collection today. In the1960's, Sambonet began collaborating with leading creative designers to establish new collections of flatware, of which three patterns are on display in the MoMA of New York. In 1994, the Sambonet "Hannah" flatware collection, designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, received the prestigious Compasso d'Oro award. Sambonet continues today as an Italian producer with worldwide delivery. Since 1988, Sambonet USA was founded to build up the American domestic market. Today, home consumers also may purchase this identical attractive flatware as hotels and restaurants from select specialty retail stores and catalogs.
There is a very large selection of Sambonet flatware patterns that include place setting and serving pieces. Most patterns are available in all 18/10 stainless steel (SS) with a bright polish finish and silverplated stainless steel (EPSS) with a mirror polish finish.
A few select patterns are available in silverplated nickel silver (EPNS) with a mirror polish finish. The nickel silver alloy, also known as German silver or alpaca, has the same heft as sterling silver as well as other similar physical characteristics such as strength, workability, and color.
When Sambonet silverplates flatware and other products, it employs its own exclusive silverplating process (HSSP) to electroplate 999.5 per mill pure silver to the base metal (stainless steel or nickel sivler). This creates a ply of silver that is up to two times harder and four times more resilient to tarnishing than conventional silverplating. Each piece is then hand polished to a bright mirror finish. Hotels and restaurants will machine wash Sambonet silverplated flatware where they use specialized de-mineralized water rinsing equipment. For household use, Sambonet suggests hand washing and drying to preclude water spots on the polished mirror exterior.
A few patterns also are available in assorted metalic finishes (copper, gold, black) using physical vapor deposition (PVD) to coat the stainless steel base. This new finish passes all the stringent tests required by the European Community concerning food contact and creates a very contemporary look.
Sambonet flatware is available from open stock and in 5-piece place settings.
Holloware refers to table service items such as sugar bowls, creamers, coffee pots, teapots, soup tureens, food covers, water pitchers, trays, wine coolers, ice buckets etc. that complement china and flatware at the fine dining table. Sambonet holloware is available in all 18/10 stainless steel, silverplated stainless steel, and silverplated nickel silver. Many pieces are available in traditional and contemporary collections.
Sambonet Professionale cookware is used by the very best hotels and restaurants around the world. The innovative Italian design with commercial quality 18/10 stainless steel ensures highest cooking performance and a lifetime of durability. By its nature, stainless steel provides easy care, tremendous durability, and a desirable cooking surface for advanced cooking techniques.
In the year 2007, Gourmet Magazine reivewed casserole cook pots. The Sambonet 7qt casserole received the highest rating as PERFECT!