Thursday, February 26, 2015
At Mountain Brook's Brick and Tin restaurant customers often are as captivated by what's under the plate as what savory delights are on it. Chef and owner Mauricio Papapietri has cleverly matched his cuisine and rustic décor with textured dinnerware that's emblematic of a growing trend among American restaurants.
Designed and imported by Atlanta-based Fortunata, his stylish Tuscan-made dinnerware fits perfectly with Brick and Tin's made-from scratch menu, while giving an aesthetically pleasing pop to his presentation of salads, appetizers and entrees. Restaurateurs say customers' interest in textured dinnerware is driven in large part by their desire to bring a farm-to-table feel to their own dining tables.
"My customers ask me all the time where we get our dinnerware," he said. "It's very common to see them holding up their plates and looking underneath the dish to see the brand and where it was made." Papapietri has moved away from the familiar white ceramic plate that's been a staple of restaurants for generations and embraced texture. He's found that fine dining and rustic dinnerware complement each other, and he's quite happy with the marriage.
"The plates we use have a lot of character, and our customers definitely notice them," he said. "We pick colors to go with the design to create a rustic appeal. It plays into our style aesthetically, and really contributes to the overall culinary experience we want all our customers enjoy when they dine at the Brick and Tin."