Apilco "restaurant quality" vs "Consumer Grade" from Bridge
Bridge Kitchenware has a number of their Apilco pieces on Sale/Clearance.
Their site says "Restaurant Quality Porcelain can have glazing imperfections and is not to be confused with Consumer Grade Porcelain"
When I asked about the imperfections on their 10" tart pan, they said "most of them are really fine, the blemishes are black dots the size of a pencil point, and there may be 1-2 of them on the surface."
The discounts vary, but some are very very very good.
I am undecided as to whether or not I will get a few pieces, but I wanted to share the info with you
Marion in NY
I have bought numerous of these sale Apilco pieces from Bridge. Like other posters state, the blemishes vary. Several pieces have nothing noticable at all while others have a couple of tiny black spots. I bought a dozen green/white Apilco rectangular baking dishes and these have the most uneven finish of all the pieces. But it is the green glaze unevenly applied, not the white porcelain. All in all, I'm very happy with my bargains.
I just bought some baking dishes from Bridge. Mine have the "pencil points" but you have to look quite hard to see them and they don't bother me in the slightest. Overall the finish is excellent and the pieces were a great bargain.
I'll try taking a picture of the blemishes tonight.
Hi, Marion. I bought a baking dish from them. There are no pencil points. Maybe I am lucky? Actually, I compared it with another apilco baking dish I bought WS outlet on sale a couple of years ago and the one I bought from Bridge has better finish. I did not know there are restaurant grade and consumer grade back then and I do not know which grade the one from WS outlet is.
By the way, I happened to notice that LC has introduced very nice porcelain line in UK. I look forward to having it in the US soon. It looks really beautiful! I know it is a different topic but I want to tell you how good it looks. Since they say it is the HIGHEST quality of porcelain, I strongly hope it is not made in China and kind of comparative to Apilco and Pillivuyt.
I've purchased several of the LeCreuset stoneware line - actually took delivery of the rectangular covered casserole (perfect for a small lasagna) and am very happy with the few pcs I have.
They're a bit heavy, but clean up very well. Good for roasting chicken, gratins, etc. This is the covered 4.5 qt. casserole:
I love white in the kitchen, so this was perfect for me. I also have Emil Henri, Apilco, and a lot of French porcelain pcs - so white is easy to coordinate. I think any of these lines will work for most cooks.
btw - I've got a couple black specks, tiny like pepper, on a couple pcs too.
Breadchick, I'm thinking about getting the Le Creuset 4.5 quart for my Breville convection toaster oven, thanks to your rec! Quick question: the specs say it measures 12 x 9.5. Can you please confirm that the 12" includes the handles? (If the handles extend beyond 12", the casserole might not fit).
Also, I've never ordered from Cookware.com - are they reliable with fragile pieces? I've had a lot of problems with Amazon order fulfillment - my items often come damaged due to poor packing so want to make sure Cookware is better before ordering from them.