The KettlePizza Story
KettlePizza started in early 2010 when Al Contarino had a problem cooking pizza on his grill. "Everytime you open the lid the heat escapes and the bottoms cook faster than the tops." thought Al as his mind raced to think of a better way.
The next day, Al called his friend George Peters to check out the prototype of a pizza oven insert that he made for charcoal kettle grills. The prototype seemed to solve the problem and so they decided to invite some friends over for a pizza party. Everyone loved the pizza as well as the concept and that was all that Al and George needed to hear. They knew they had a winner.
In the upcoming weeks, Al and George took on the challenge to design, manufacture and sell the KettlePizza right out of Al's barn in Massachusetts. They made the challenge even harder by pledging to source as many of the KettlePizza components as possible from United States suppliers. The goal was not just to build a product and a company, but to create American jobs. Their first employee was Lynne Graziosi who continues to be an invaluable member of the KettlePizza team.
Sales started on Ebay, then the KettlePizza website and soon after that Amazon.com. Customers continued to respond and the company had to move to a new manufacturing and distribution center in Groveland, MA. Now, KettlePizza has numerous selling partners, has multiple patents pending and has exported their products to over 50 countries. We feel that it is a true American success story.
The Original KettlePizza Offering - 26.75", 22.5" & 18.5"
The Original KettlePizza Team
Listed L-R: Al Contarino, Lynne Graziosi, George Peters
at the National Hardware Show 2013
The KettlePizza Manufacturing & Distribution Center in Groveland, MA USA
Al Contarino, Inventor of the KettlePizza, with one of the first prototypes