I used to have a grill pan (you know, one of those that fits on your stove) that cost about 10 bucks. It didn't make the move out to the east coast, though, because after only a few uses it had warped and begun to cook unevenly. OK, so the grill pan is out, but the real grill is impossible for me to use without completely demolishing my piece of fish. Will no kitchen appliance or gadget come to my rescue?
Never fear, Mario Batali's Granite Piastra is here! It lets you cook alla piastra, an Italian tradition of cooking on a stone over an open flame. The granite is of a special type that conducts heat much like a cast-iron pan would, but since it's made out of stone, it won't warp like my cast-iron pan did. It has one surface with raised grill stones on it (for creating the telltale grill marks that brand you as a good cook), and the other surface is a flat griddle (shown in the picture above). It's also oven and microwave safe, won't rust, and is 10-inches tall by 14-inches wide (the perfect size to fit on both your stove and the outside grill.
And plus, with a guy like Mario Batali backing a product, can't we be sure that it's going to be good?
The Granite Piastra is available on Sur la Table's Web site for $49.95.