My love for ceramic pottery began with a little show called “The Great Pottery Throw Down.” If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s like the pottery version of “The Great British Bake Off”––just swap out soggy bottoms and deflated soufflés with cracks and devastating kiln explosions. Workshop mishaps aside, there is something supremely satisfying about watching clay bowls, plates, and cups take shape on the wheel, and it gave me a newfound appreciation for handmade ceramics.
As far as handmade ceramic dinnerware goes, Jono Pandolfi is a favorite in the fine dining world. His handmade designs can be found on the dining tables of some of the world’s best restaurants: Eleven Madison Park, the NoMad Hotel (Las Vegas, London), and Jean-Georges restaurants, to name a few. Pandolfi started his ceramics company in 2004, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that his team started offering their dinnerware directly to consumers. His team of 16 artisans produce custom dinnerware orders ranging from 12 to 500 place settings in their light-filled Union City, New Jersey, studio. Even if you aren’t a professional chef or running a restaurant, you can purchase their handmade creations to have in your home—and you should.
Versatile, durable, beautiful—what’s not to love?
Jono Pandolfi 8-Inch Coupe Pasta Bowl
Suitable for a variety of meals
Safe for dishwasher and microwave
I’m the proud owner of several pieces of Jono Pandolfi dinnerware, but my favorite is definitely the Coupe Pasta Bowls. All of my bowls are toasted clay, and each has a different colored glaze. The pink glazed bowl is the newest addition to my collection, but I find myself reaching for the turquoise bowl the most. The matte finish reminds me of a robin’s egg, and I like the delicate speckling of this particular glaze.
Even though it’s called a pasta bowl, I’ve served many different types of dishes on these bowls, including rice and beans, salmon and quinoa, and even avocado toast. They’re the bowls I bring out when guests are over, when I want to feel a little fancy, or to plate up a special meal that I’ve worked hard to make. It’s a striking piece of serveware that elevates whatever food is on it, and I love the solid feel of the ceramic. It’s also a pretty cool feeling to own high-quality pieces that are actually used at fancy fine dining restaurants.
These pieces are made to last.
I’ve had my Jono Pandolfi Coupe Pasta Bowls for over two years now, and they still look as pristine as the day I got them. From the beginning, the company has been about designing unique dinnerware options for the hospitality industry, so everything they make is manufactured to maintain its quality in high-volume commercial kitchens. Translation: These pieces are made to last.
My bowls have seen their fair share of silverware and dishwasher cycles, and while I am careful when handling them, they feel super sturdy. Of the brand’s many offerings, the pasta bowl is the bestseller, and it’s easy to see why. Jono Pandolfi’s ceramic wares aren’t cheap, and this bowl is a super versatile piece. While it was originally designed to showcase pasta courses at the NoMad Hotel in Los Angeles, the wider basin and elegant, sloping profile make it well suited for a variety of dishes. Versatile, durable, beautiful—what’s not to love?
If you’re looking to invest in some solid dinnerware that will wow guests, level up your plating game, and stand the test of time, the Jono Pandolfi Pasta Bowls are a solid choice. You can buy matching bowls or mix up the different colored glazes to match your kitchen aesthetic and personal style.
Material: Glazed ceramic | Colors: Turquoise, pink, white, moss | Safe For: Microwave, dishwasher
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Abigail Abesamis Demarest is a freelance writer, editor, and former New Yorker based in sunny Panama City Beach, Florida. Her writing has been featured in HuffPost Food & Drink, Forbes.com, Insider, The Kitchn, MarthaStewart.com, Thrillist, and more.