The KettlePizza Beginning:
KettlePizza founder, Al Contarino, is an inventor who had a passion for grilling. Al was often frustrated whenever a grill lid was opened or removed and all the stored heat was lost, stalling the cooking process. So, in 2005, he started developing a new type of gas grill that maintained the heat despite an open lid. Countless hours and a substantial amount of money went into the patented design in hope of licensing to a major grill manufacturer. Five years later, after Al became completely frustrated with the challenges of the licensing process, he decided to focus his efforts on developing a product that he could design, manufacture and market completely on his own.
Al knew that most of the people that grilled with charcoal used Weber charcoal grills. He also knew that cooking pizza was a new and upcoming cooking process that was hard to do on a grill because to cook great pizza you need high heat. So he developed a cooking chamber that was placed between the lid and base of a Weber charcoal grill that contained the heat and allowed the user to remove and place the pizza without changing the temperature. The product became KettlePizza.
Our Commitment to USA Manufacturing:
When the company was founded a commitment was made to manufacturing as much of the KettlePizza products and components domestically in the United States. We chose to use only the highest quality, American-made stainless steel in our products that will guarantee our customers many years of satisfaction. In 2019, KettlePizza was recognized for its dedication to the American workforce and was invited to represent the State of Massachusetts at the 3rd Annual Made in USA Product Showcase at The White House in Washington, DC.
With One of the First Prototypes
In May of 2010, Al built his first prototype of the KettlePizza. He called his friend and fellow inventor, George Peters, to check out the design of a crude pizza oven insert made to fit on top of common charcoal kettle grills. The prototype seemed to solve the problem of maintaining high temperatures throughout the cooking process, and so they decided to invite some friends over for a pizza party. Everyone loved the pizza and the concept. That was all that Al and George needed to hear; they knew they had a winner.
George Peters, KettlePizza Co-Founder
With the Latest KettlePizza Offering
KettlePizza has grown and now is shipping products around the world. We have expanded our product line into pizza accessories as well as products for the gas grill market. Proud to be a “net exporter,” we’re helping to balance the U.S. trade deficit. We believe manufacturing in the United States is still, and has always been, very important. Over the years, there has been a steady decline in manufacturing jobs, and fewer and fewer people look to manufacturing for future employment. One big problem is that manufacturing is directly connected to design, engineering and innovation. In our opinion, innovation is one of the things that makes our country great and one of the things that will keep our economy growing. We feel that staying committed to American manufacturing will help our country. It is our way of giving back.
To learn more about the KettlePizza story read this interview of Al Contarino KettlePizza’s inventor and original founder
Other KettlePizza News:
An Interview with Al Contarino – Inventor of the KettlePizza Pizza Oven for Weber Charcoal and Gas Grills
This interview was conducted in July of 2021 between Al Contarino Inventor of the KettlePizza and Chris Barillo Professional Chef and Author. Barillo: Thank you
We wanted to make you aware of some changes that are taking place at our company. In August of 2019 we are consolidating our operations
KettlePizza, LLC, Selected to Represent Massachusetts in 3rd Annual “Made in America” Product Showcase at White House
NORTH ANDOVER, MA, July 8, 2019 — KettlePizza, LLC, a leading manufacturer of pizza oven kits for charcoal style kettle grills and gas grills, has