One of our favorite and best selling every day china is Mikasa Italian Countryside. I actually use this china myself and love setting a nice table with it. It is elegant but simple and timeless. Italian Countryside is affordable and looks like fine china, but after an evening of entertaining, you can actually put the dishes in the dish washer and not look back The dishes are also sturdy and definitely microwave safe (a must for us at home as well).
Italian countryside is very easy to give as ‘starter china’ as well. There is a really good deal at GiftCollector for the Mikasa Italian Countryside 45 piece set for only 199! (A great sale). The 45 piece set has eight 5 piece place settings and a Italian Countryside 5 piece Serving set. The five piece serving set is very nice on it’s own as well; the bowl is beautiful as a centerpiece for a table. It looks awesome if you put some bright green apples in it, or some bright orange oranges. It really brightens up a table!
We started off with some 5 piece place settings and the salt and pepper shaker and I can say that people who come over always make complements about our setting. Italian Countryside has really nice accessories too; like I said, the ‘Mikasa Salt and Pepper Shaker’ is beautiful and so it the ‘Napkin Ring Holders‘.
I also really like that Mikasa added a touch of color to this white bodied china. They did this in the form of adding accent plates. They are very festive and look really nice! Here are some pictures:
As you can see, there are many ways to brighten up your dinner table, or your entertainment table with Mikasa Iatalian Countryside! This particular pattern has a beautiful and subtle rim around the dinner- and salad plates. Mikasa calls is “Repeating vertical lines surrounded by a slender band of textured filigree” I call it: timeless and elegant.
GiftCollector.com also has the other two Mikasa Countrysides: