|Distinguished among All-Clad's renowned cookware collections by its stylish, charcoal-black, hard-anodized aluminum exterior, the LTD line provides serious and professional cooks all the virtues that make All-Clad's worldwide reputation unsurpassed. Key to its high performance is a three-ply, bonded construction. Sandwiched between the hard-anodized aluminum exterior and an 18/10 stainless-steel interior is a thick core of pure aluminum that spreads heat evenly across the bottoms of pots and pans and all the way up the sides. The interior is highly polished, so it's stick- as well as corrosion-resistant. The striking exterior resists scratching, chipping, and peeling.
This classic, straight-sided, 4-quart saucepan exemplifies why All-Clad's LTD cookware is so popular among contemporary cooks: it's practical as well as beautiful. Because the aluminum core extends up the sides, foods cook uniformly in the pan, even though it's 4-3/4 inches deep. And because the interior is nonreactive, the taste of tomato-based sauces and other acidic foods won't be metallic. Its polished 18/10 stainless-steel pan and lid handles are riveted for strength and grooved on the top for comfort. The long handle (holed for hanging on a hook or peg) stays cool on the stovetop but won't be harmed by an oven's heat. LTD cookware carries a lifetime warranty against defects and should be hand washed. --Fred Brack