In 1991, I developed a deep affection for Italy while our family lived in the heart of Tuscany near my wife’s hometown of Firenze. During my time there, I learned to love the culture, the language, the food, & the people. I especially had grown to appreciate their love for art and craftsmanship. When we returned to the United States in 1998, we decided to bring some of Italy with us. We applied stucco to the walls of our home, built old brick arches, & even put a wood burning brick oven in our yard. I also brought a large assortment of terracotta so that we could recreate Italy in our home and garden.
Very quickly I realized we were not the only ones who appreciate quality terracotta. So In 1998 I began, Tuscan Imports, a business specializing in the importing of terracotta pottery from Impruneta, Italy. Over the years the business has sold terracotta to a wide variety of clients including hotels, institutions, & estates. Because of this, we now have one of the largest selections of Italian terracotta available in the North America.
In 2008, I discovered the phenomenal outdoor pizza oven made by Italian manufacturer, Fontana Forni. Having already built two traditional ceramic pizza ovens for my own home, I was so impressed with their product as a customer that I pursued a partnership with the company. I began selling their pizza ovens in the United States. This arrangement proved to be beneficial for us both. Shortly thereafter, we quickly worked out a distribution partnership and became the sole North American distributor for their product as Fontana Forni USA.
As demand and interest have grown, so has the business. My sons now help with the sales and order fulfillment. My wife and daughter head up our social media. As a family business we prioritize honest, personal customer service with some of the best products Italy has to offer. We're grateful for the friendships & partnerships we've built along the way. We feel very blessed, and we're excited about what we get to do.
Kirk Laing, Owner
Fontana Forni USA