Product Care and Use

Care and Use


Ceramic Dinnerware & Serveware (Bella Bianca, Bella Natale, Burano, Cestino, Finezza, Foresta, Giuletta, Graffiata, Merletto, Medici, Medici Festivo, Natale) Our ceramic dinnerware and serveware collections are dishwasher safe on the low-heat, air-dry cycle, using non-abrasive detergents and are microwave safe.  Bella Bianca and Bella Natale are oven safe.     

Do not over load the dishwasher.                                                                                   

Since microwave ovens vary we recommend using a mitt to remove items because some items may be hot.  Adults should assist young children. Please only use items to warm food and to not cook in them, 1-2 mins max is recommended.

Ceramic Serveware (Scavo Chargers) These chargers are hand wash only, the eating surface is glazed and food safe however because of the exposed edges they are labeled not food safe.

Decorative Ceramics  (Burano, Medici, Natale) Many of our decorative ceramic pieces are finished with faux cracks, distressing, drips, color variations and/or fine lines in the glaze.  These qualities are intentional and desirable, as they reflect the genuine hand-made quality of the piece. Decorative garden containers should be brought indoors during freezing temperatures.  Liners are recommended. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. 

Ceramic Bakeware (Medici, Bella Bianca, Burano, Natale) Before first use, submerge the baker and lid (if applicable) in water for 12 hours.  Always place baker in a cold oven and allow it to heat gradually (max 450). Always allow baker to heat and cool gradually-avoid and sudden temperature changes.                                                                                                                                                                            


Pewter (Anna, Donatello, Lucia, Peltro, Roma, Taverna, Tavola, Vintage Pewter) Pewter, the fourth most precious metal in existence, is comprised of mostly tin and small amounts antimony and copper to add strength and durability. Arte Italica pewter is made using 95% tin - the highest possible content and the highest possible quality.

Pewter does not tarnish like silver, and rarely requires polishing.  Pewter is a soft metal, and is susceptible to scratching.  To remove scratches, simply buff gently with the finest grade "0000" steel wool.  Pewter should never be used in the oven or microwave.  Pewter is dishwasher-safe on a low-heat setting.  Non-abrasive and non-citrus detergent are recommended.  As with any metal, prolonged exposure to citrus, vinegar and other acidic foods can harm the finish of pewter, so please wash your pewter immediately.  Cleaning pewter with Cape Cod will restore pewter to its natural luster. 

Pewter Flatware (Bella Bianca, Elena, Giglio, Isabella) Our pewter & stainless steel flatware collections are safe for the dishwasher.  We recommend a non-abrasive detergent without citrus or perfumes (as these will mar any metals) and the low heat/energy dry cycle.

Pewter & Ceramic (Tuscan, Perlina) Our pewter and ceramic dishes may be washed in the dishwasher on a low-heat setting, using a mild detergent.  Non-abrasive and non-citrus detergent are recommended..  This collection is not safe for oven, microwave or freezer use.  When exposed to extreme temperatures, the pewter and ceramic may separate.  If this should happen, we recommend the use of a clear epoxy (Duco Cement) to repair the bond.


Silver and Gold-gilded Items (Vetro Gold & Silver, Baroque Gold, Semplice) Our gilded pieces should never be placed in the dishwasher, oven or microwave.  Because of the delicate nature of handmade glass, we recommend not pouring boiling water into the items or placing them in the freezer. With the exception of Semplice dinnerware (dinner, salad & small bowl) which are safe for the dishwasher all other glass items are hand wash with a non-abrasive detergent to ensure the beauty of the piece.  We recommend the use of a soft jewelry cloth to buff any tarnish that occurs naturally on our silver-gilded pieces.

Glass (Cero, Colored Glass, Sabrina, Serena, Rosa) These glassware pieces are hand wash only. Burano Glass is safe for the dishwasher on the low heat setting.

Pewter & Glass (Anna, Animale, Cavallo, Donatello Charger & Salad, Eleganza, Giorgio, Giovanna, Marina Peltro, Milano, Lucia, Roma, Splendore, Taverna, Tavola, Tesoro, Verona, Valentina, Volterra (white & Aqua)) All of our pewter & glass items are handmade of Italian pewter and either mouth-blown glass or crystal.  Mouth-blown glass can be irregular in shape and may contain small bubbles and imperfections, which is expected.  The pewter and glass are fused together with a special clamping machine and/or industrial epoxy.  All pewter & glass items should be washed by hand (with the exception of Volterra which is safe for the dishwasher (dinner, salad & pasta only), use the Pewter/Ceramic section for additional care) using non-abrasive, non-citrus detergent.  These items should not be used in the oven, microwave, or freezer.  Our pewter & glass drinkware collections should not be submerged in warm water to soak but should be washed individually and dried. Please contact our Customer Care Center for more information about our glass replacement program.


Gold Flatware (Orabella) Our Orabella flatware is made of 18/10 stainless steel and is dishwasher safe on the low-heat, air-dry cycle, using non-abrasive detergents