Long lauded for creating one of the best shades of red in tabletop, we are thrilled to announce our newest red. Lastra's iconic cheese mold shape meets the rich hue, and the result is extraordinary on this Lastra Red Heart Dish.
Dishwasher safe - We recommend using a non-citrus, non-abrasive detergent on the air dry cycle and not overloading the dishwasher. Hand washing is recommended for oversized items. Microwave safe - The temperature of handmade, natural clay items may vary after microwave use. We recommend allowing items to cool before taking them out of the microwave or using an oven mitt. Oven safe - VIETRI's casserole and baking dishes can be used in most conventional ovens and dishwashers. They are handmade of very dense clays and fired at extremely high temperatures, making them heat resistant to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important that all terra cotta baking pieces be cured. Italian stoneware collections do not require curing. To cure servers, fully submerge and soak in water for 15 minutes prior to each use. This soaking prepares the dish, reduces cooking time, and prevents the food from sticking. As the Italians do, place baking dishes in a room-temperature oven and then bring the oven to cooking temperature. The handles of these pieces are decorative and should not be used for support. Do not use casserole lids in the oven. Freezer safe - Items can withstand freezing temperatures, but please allow them to return to room temperature before putting them into the oven.
Italian Stoneware - VIETRI uses stoneware clay that is indigenous to Italy. Stoneware clay is less porous and fired at higher temperatures to make it oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, and highly resistant to chipping and breaking.
A region in central Italy, Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, craftsmanship, and influence on culture. The birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany is often called the art palace of Italy, and many of the world's greatest works of art come from the region. Ceramics have a long legacy in the area and maintain their place of importance in the region today.
Signor Stefano Roselli is the master molder for a ceramics cooperative located in a small town seven miles outside of Florence, and he is the creator behind this collection. VIETRI has worked with Stefano and factory owner Franco Ammannati for close to 15 years, creating and bringing to market dinnerware collections, vases, urns, and other home decor products.
Authenticity assured! Hand Painted & Hand Made in Italy! This item is shipped with Artistica's Authenticity Seal and Certificate.
Satisfaction Guaranteed! It's simple: Not satisfied with your purchase? Return it! No Return Authorization required. No Problem. At Artistica, we stand behind our products, and our loyal customers. The full satisfaction of our clients and exceptional customer service, has been our priority during the 25+ years in business. That's why we have a 30 day hassle-free return policy -- No RMA's required! If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it back to us for a full refund!
100% Food Safe
All Artistica's Dinnerware and Tabletop Products are Guaranteed to be 100% Food Safe. Our manufactures do NOT use any glaze or color pigment with lead content in our dinnerware and tabletop products. We independently inspected and test these products to comply with FDA standards and U.S.A. import regulations for lead and cadmium. See our latest independent laboratory test.
Artistica's tabletop and dinnerware ceramic products are made of the highest quality natural clay glazed and double fired at very high temperature. We recommended to space the items apart to avoid touching each other during the high pressure dish-washing.
Microwave and Conventional Oven Use
Artistica's dinnerware products are manufactured to be used as "Serving" pieces and not cookware, and therefore not suitable for conventional oven use. They can be used in Microwave oven for moderate reheating only.As the temperature of certain items may vary after microwave use, we recommend to carefully handle any piece.
Product Care for Dinnerware and Tabletop products. The crazing effect - With repeated use, earthenware products have a tendency to "craze" (forming minuscule lines in the glazing). The crazing is the nature of earthenware, and has no significant effect on the ceramics and sometimes it is a much sought after effect.
Thermal Shock and cracking -
Avoid sudden temperature changes - A thermal shock is the fracturing effect that occurs when ceramic objects are rapidly either heated or cooled and it may crack any earthenware plate.
The beauty of imperfection - Because each piece of Majolica and Ceramic is individually crafted, you will notice slight variations in color and size and occasionally you will note paint smudges, fingerprints and looseness of lids. These variances should not be considered as imperfections, but as evidence of fine, hand-crafted work.
Some History... CLICK HERE should you like to learn about Italian Majolica and ceramics of the Renaissance.