Prisma celebrates 40 years of Made in Italy for the professional catering sector


Founded in S. Polo di Piave (TV) in 1983 by Silvano Ongaro, Prisma is an Italian company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of large systems for the professional land-based and maritime catering sector.

Among its products – produced just in time by the company, always starting from an AISI 304 stainless-steel structure – we may find kitchens, bar counters, displays, buffets, refrigeration areas and wine displays. Everything is fully customisable in appearance and finish and certified for quality and performance.

Its collaborations with renowned shipowners and design studios and its supply for starred restaurants, important corporate restaurants, passenger ships and yachts have made Prisma a benchmark in the world of Ho.Re.Ca supplies. A typically Italian story of commitment and farsightedness (what overseas would be called “the American Dream”), marked by a first success as early as 1986 – just three years after its foundation. It was a project for Fincantieri to supply turnkey forniture for Micoperi 7000, at that time the largest crane ship in the world.

From that moment on, growth has been constant. In 1988 Prisma worked side by side with Renzo Piano while opening up to the German market, which is crucial today. In 1999 it supplied the kitchens and buffet areas for the first 7-star hotel in the world – the Burj Al Arab in Dubai – whose sail has become an icon overtime. In 2018 the self-service area of the Generali building in Mogliano Veneto was instead mentioned by experts as the most innovative system in Italy.

Today Prisma is about to cross the threshold of its 40th anniversary and consists of a covered area of 20.000sqm as well as 140 employees for its manufacturing. It annually processes about 1200 tonnes of steel, with a production value of 30.000.000 euros in constant growth, 70% of which is the result of export activities mainly in Europe.

“I founded Prisma 40 years ago.” Says Silvano Ongaro, founder and owner of Prisma. “I was 36. Since then, I have come a long way in the Veneto entrepreneurship. The recognition for the Legality Rating, for the Loyalty to Work for the Economic Progress and for the Net Worth of my company are goals I am very proud of today, also and foremost because they not only reward the figures of my business, but also its humanity.

Today, the new generation is taking over my relay, discovering broader horizons that I would never have dreamt of exploring years ago. Now we are focusing on the super-yacht market – to which we would like to open up strategically – as well as the high-end residential market, which we are targeting with another brand”.

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