It is difficult to say whether seventy-five years are few or many for a man; the same can be said of the life of a company. Assessment of time is subjective.
Between 1939 and today, much water has passed under the bridge at Olona, as we say here in Milan.
In 1939, Primo Ambrogi took over as owner of the flue-making company run for decades by Carlo Bossi, the previous owner. It was a small workshop located in Via Festa del Perdono, formerly Via Ospedale, right in front of the State University in the historical centre of old Milan. A covered courtyard, illuminated by a light on the road, contained a succession of artisan shops and workshops. At the time, the telephone contained few digits – the number was 83322 to be exact; it was one of the first functioning telephones in the district and in those days gave prestige to the company.
Primo Ambrogi immediately and successfully built the first wood-burning oven for baking pizzas but certainly did not think that this new job would be the future of himself and his family.
Have passed since then seventy-five years of hard work and unpretentious, age where the desire to please our customers in the best way was not only a necessity but also a source of pride, because they look happy with our clients to work completed was, and still is, more than rewarding.
Day after day, the good times, the bad times and the endless headaches stimulated us into an even greater commitment and, “thank God”, turned out to be the the basis for continued growth.
From Primo to Franco and Pieremilio, and then also with Luciano and Giada, the personal touch has characterised Ambrogi’s production. We are often asked how we build an oven, how we introduce technological innovations and new materials. In our business, there is an important component linked to experience and personal qualities, so I usually just respond by quoting the saying “chi va con il mugnaio s’infarina” (literally, “if you hang around a miller, you get flour on your clothes”), because it is by doing this craft with passion and seriousness for seventy-five years that we have been able to renew continually while remaining with the tradition.
Sensitive to the needs of customers, especially in recent years, we are committed to offer products that are more up to date and technically advanced, we were rewarded with the “advertising silent” word of mouth of those who were satisfied with our work.
Going back through the memories of decades, I wonder if what we have achieved was really what we aimed for, and even whether it’s good or bad to have so many memories: I don’t have the answer.
Three-quarters of a century has gone by and, obviously, we would like to repeat that.