Our family
Traditional workshops: The History
An entrepreneurial intuition of three brothers, Giuseppe, Bruno and Carlo who began building ovens in the name of great Italian craftsmanship.

for over 70 years

Officine della Tradizione represents for us at Fontana not a simple slogan, but a belief that we have carried within us for over 70 years, made up of experimentation, passion for work and respect for the environment that surrounds us.

The birth of the company

Fontana was born way back in 1946, in an Italy that was entering a new phase, made up of challenges and opportunities, where the ingenuity, will and passion of people could allow the fulfillment of extraordinary experiences.

This is how Fontana originated in the heart of the Marche, in the industrious Cesano valley, a land of passion and pride in its traditions.

Passion for work

Three generations of Fontanas are now at the helm of the company, maintaining the commitment and original idea of the founders, namely to create solid ovens by seeking innovative solutions, through the use of solid and noble materials.

More than just a company, a family that has grown with its work, a testimony of Italian creativity and tradition.


1946. Giuseppe Fontana founds the company in San Lorenzo in Campo (PU, Italy). The hills of the Marche region become the backdrop where agricultural machinery is repaired and farrier work is carried out.

1956. Giuseppe’s brothers, Carlo and Bruno, became partners in the company and the production of agricultural machinery with craftsmanship began at that time: the FONTANA brand was born.

1970. The Fontana brothers open their first factory of 1000 square metres and purchase the first mechanical shears and bending machines: metalworking is born.

1975. The energy crisis also hits Italy and forces the Fontana family to reinvent itself: the world’s first metal furnace with indirect firing is born and with it the FONTANA FORNI brand. The Made In Fontana invention records unexpected order numbers and so the industrialisation of the product begins with assembly lines and batch planning, while maintaining craftsmanship and quality as the guiding lights in design and production.

1995. The years of major investments: a third 1,800 square metre factory and numerically controlled machines were acquired, increasing and making production more efficient.

1998. GUSTO 80 is launched, the iconic Fontana product that is still among the best-loved in the range today.

2004. the machines are replaced by the laser steel cutting and bending machine

2009. The global economic and financial crisis leads to the total closure of sheet metal working and carpentry. All resources are invested in ovens. Production of wood- and coal-fired barbecues is started.

2010. Exports throughout Europe, North America and Australia.

2012. Launch of the first direct fired oven made in Fontana.

2015. Export to the Middle East.

2021. Launch of the indirect fired gas oven PIERO, winner of the Good Design Award.

2022. Launch of the compact gas oven MAESTRO, winner of the RedDot Design Award.


The skills of our craftsmen have made the brand known and appreciated all over the world, making the Fontana workshop a veritable school of industrial expertise that has trained generations of professionals in steel working. The two production units, immersed in the green heart of the Marche region, cover an area of 5,500 square metres and produce thousands of kilns of craftsmanship excellence every year.

Today, Fontana is in its third generation and is a leader in the market of wood and gas ovens, a 100% made in Italy manufacturer that uses its experience and great professionalism acquired in its more than 70 years of history to create ovens that are always at the forefront, integrating innovative technologies in a solid and timeless structure.

More than 40 countries are served worldwide, through a network of distributors and specialised dealers that allow the company to be present in the homes of cooking enthusiasts globally.