Mikasa combines pleasing texture with a solid white finish to create an enduring classic, Italian Countryside dinnerware. Made of hard-wearing ironstone for everyday use, the dinnerware also exudes enough panache to serve brunch or dinner for a more formal gathering. Fine ribbing accentuates the plate borders, as well as the sides of the sugar bowl, creamer, and teacup, while a scrolling, bas-relief garland decoratively bands rims and edges. Glossy and handsome, Italian Countryside makes a fine gift, especially in this all-inclusive 45-piece set. The eight place settings in the set include one of each of the following: an 11-1/8-inch dinner plate, 8-5/8-inch salad plate, rimmed 9-3/8-inch soup plate, 8-ounce teacup, and 6-1/2-inch saucer. Matching the place settings are four accessories: a 12-inch round platter, perfect for cakes, hors d'oeuvres, a roast chicken, and more; a round serving bowl for vegetables or potatoes; a sugar bowl with a handsome domed lid and oval filial; and a creamer with a gracefully pronounced spout. The sides of the sugar and creamer are fluted as well as ribbed. Conveniently safe for the microwave, dishwasher, freezer, and oven warming at low temperatures, Italian Countryside is exceptionally worry-free. As with most fine dinnerware, sudden temperature changes should be avoided to prevent breakage. --Ann Bieri What's in the Box 8 place settings, 5 serving accessories. Each place setting consists of: 11-1/8-inch dinner plate; 8-5/8-inch salad plate; rimmed 9-3/8-inch soup plate; 8-ounce teacup; and 6-1/2-inch saucer. Serving accessories consist of: 12-inch round platter; round vegetable serving bowl; sugar bowl and lid; creamer. 45 pieces total.
Italian Countryside has long been one of Mikasa's most popular patterns, and is now available in a full set at a fabulous price. The white ironstone body has a soft filligree boarder, and dresses up or down for any entertaining situation. This complete set is a service for eight, including eight dinner plates, salad plates, rim soup plates, teacups and saucers. It also contains one each 12" round platter, round vegetable bowl, covered sugar bowl, and cream pitcher.