Three Pretty Plates at Bar Mezzana, Uni, and Yvonne’s
As bespoke pottery replaces basic white as the place-mat topper of choice, dishes offer a new window into a restaurant’s soul. Obviously, we took a peek.
Homer Laughlin, for Bar Mezzana
As seen beneath: Grilled octopus salad.
Deeper dish: To complement the “coastal Italian brasserie” theme, graphic designer Kim Miller gave these customized Homer Laughlin plates a Paris-meets-Amalfi Coast spin, with a deep blue rim and an artistically rendered octopus in the center—in case you need a reminder of what you’re eating.
Keith Kreeger Studios, for Uni
As seen beneath: Omakase tasting menu; seasonal sashimi.
Deeper dish: The restaurant’s minimalist dishware occasionally likes to let its hair down—say, with a slightly irregular rim, or a completely out-of-left-field shade of white. The interior circle, in fine-point black, shows an additional spark of personality, and also helps newer line cooks anchor the restaurant’s preferred circumferential plating style.
Ogusky Ceramics, for Yvonne’s
As seen beneath: Chicken-quinoa meatballs.
Deeper dish: Shaped like a cazuela (a traditional South American cooking vessel) with its side handles lopped off, this stylish number says, “Totally down with the peasant food but this is a nice place, so keep it clean.” Raised sides ensure errant chermoula doesn’t leach out onto the fine table linens.
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