Interview with Ferdinando Marana, founder of Marana Forni
Nicole cronin | February 5, 2021
Interview with Ferdinando Marana, founder of the Marana Forni company, pioneer and visionary who revolutionized the way of cooking pizza by patenting the first rotating oven.
HOW WAS MARANA FORNI BORN?
"It all began at the end of the 1980s from an intuition of mine which turned out to be a winning one: to build a wood or gas pizza oven that would turn the pizzas independently and had the hob always hot. The goal I set for myself was to shorten the waiting times and churn out pizzas always cooked to perfection. Where did I start from? I visited 107 pizzerias, going from pizza maker to pizza maker, to understand what the major problems of their work were. After listening to them, I collected all their ideas and from here began the construction of the first prototype of the Marana oven, which took 6 years to complete.
"This is how Marana Forni was born in 1992 and with it the first patent in the world for a rotating oven for pizzerias. Such an innovative technology first conquered only the hearts of the most modern pizza chefs, while others were initially wary of this new machine. However, within a few years, thanks to word of mouth, our revolution began, to become the reality it is today, present in more than 85 countries around the world. What can I say, I've seen it along!"
WHAT IS THE KEY TO STARTING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS?
"In my opinion, to be successful in the business world it is first of all necessary to strongly believe in one's ideas and in what one wants to achieve. We have to believe in it, this is the central factor to succeed in any workplace. It is equally essential to never remain firm on one's own convictions but to be constantly open to dialogue, comparison and even constructive criticism, always being projected towards the future and innovation."
HOW DID THE YEAR OF MARANA FORNI END?
"2020 ended in a very positive way for us. Despite the out-of-the-ordinary situation that we all found ourselves facing, we still managed to increase our sales. We can only be satisfied with the work done and the results obtained: we have opened a new market in Australia and this year we should be able to open one also in the United States. We therefore continue to work to bring the name of Marana Forni to the world."
WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT PROJECTS?
"One of the projects that will be the absolute protagonist of this 2021 is the pellet oven which produces very little smoke and soot and has a high caloric yield. We designed this oven back in 2000 but it needs to be made self-sufficient in order to offer it to our new customers. The pellet oven is an ecological solution that is part of a path of sustainability and attention to nature in which Marana Forni strongly believes."