Look for soapstone in Valmalenco and Valchiavenna, the main quarrying areas in Valtellina. What are the distinguishing features of soapstone? It is very resistant to fire and it stays hot for a long time. Traditionally it is used to make “Lavecc” pans, which are excellent for cooking stews, risottos, sauces and soups, while the “pioda”, a slab of the same stone is perfect for charcoal grilling meat. You will be amazed by the artistic details on soapstone as many artisans decorate it with hand engraving or sculpt it to make very popular, highly ornamental articles. A piece of tradition and art from Valtellina.