Those of you who attend our events regularly will recognise the name Clementi and it will bring to mind the smell and taste of authentic Italian pizzas cooked in their fantastic wood-fired ovens.
But did you know when or how we started working together?
We were approached by Clementi in 2015. The team asked us to test one of its Pulcinella ovens as they knew we sold outdoor products and considered us to be ‘the best showroom in the area’. We tested the product and were blown away, not just by the product, but the company too.
With a passion for honest cuisine and healthy eating, the Clementi Company was launched in 1975 by Italian founder, Clementino Clementi, who designed and built one of the first wood-fired ovens in Italy in a small artisan workshop. Since then, Clementi has become a fully-fledged family business, with Clementino’s wife Anna and two sons Morgan and Diego coming on board. Whilst the brand still primarily specialises in the production of wood-fired ovens, it has since expanded into outdoor barbecues, stoves and fireplaces to give customers a variety of oven sizes that could be used differently, depending on where and how they like to cook. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, there is a product for everyone. All products all manufactured in their factory in the small village of Fabriano in Italy and show the name of the person who designed and created them – M. Clementino Clementi. He sees this mark as ‘the best guarantee for our customers right there, written and forged on every single product that leaves our factory, our name’.
Here at Bell of Northampton, we know a thing or two about running a family business. We were founded by Ablett Bell back in 1898. Two years later he was joined by brothers Frank and Harry Jelley, forming a two-family partnership which has flourished for over 100 years. Over the last 120 years, generations of both families have worked in the business and, even though we have moved on and brought the business into the 21st century with our innovative products, smart technologies and ecommerce website, we are still extremely proud of our heritage.
Our desire to stock innovative lifestyle products is one of the reasons our relationship with Clementi works so well. Through Clementi we have been able to really strengthen our outdoor offering, both in store and online – from the luxurious Pulcinella pizza oven range to the more portable Flipper BBQ on wheels. Our customers can also buy Italian cooking accessories such as pizza brushes, peels and chopping boards.
Two years ago, we were lucky enough to visit Clementi and stay with them. They showed us where and how they worked and really made us feel like part of their family.
Clementi is not just a supplier for us, but a true partner and we look forward to working together for many more years.