Slate porcelain: efficient elegance

Nature and aesthetic taste are the undisputed protagonists of the most chic and modern culinary presentations. The search for ever more innovative solutions has been evident in the trend of the sector for some years now: from cooking plates to bases for serving food in the most diverse environments, slate has now become a  highly appreciated material in the kitchens of professionals

The characteristics of slate: origins and uses

Slate originates from a metamorphosis of clay, shale, and volcanic ash that creates a fine-grained foliated rock. It is composed primarily of clay minerals or mica, depending on the degree of metamorphism it has undergone.

The origin of the italian name “ardesia” comes from the French “ardesie”, from Ardennes, a French province from which it is believed the extraction of this rock for the production of slabs began. Another name for slate is “pietra di Lavagna” (Lavagna stone), due to its use between the town of Lavagna and the Fontanabuona Valley, in Liguria, where finds of this material dating back to the 8th century BC have been found. Also curious is the link between the name and one of its very first uses, that of a “blackboard”, used by elementary school students in 1800.

The color of slate is determined by its mineral composition. Slates usually range from light to dark gray shades. If hematite is abundant, the rock usually tends to be reddish, while chlorite produces green slate and sericite produces bluish-gray slate. Carbonaceous materials make the rock appear dark gray or black, while limonite makes it yellowish-brown.

Slate is used to produce roofing, interior and exterior flooring, as well as decorative and furnishing elements. Historically, slate has also been used for billiard tables, as sharpening stones and, because it is a good electrical insulator, it was also used to make the first electrical panels. But the most modern and stylish use is definitely in the kitchen

Rectangular plate Ardesia, Porcellana Ardesia line, for combinations of refined aesthetics.

Slate in the kitchen

Slate dinnerware is particularly popular for its aesthetic, which is simple and raw looking, yet elegant and able to contribute to presentations of style and character.

Slate is both sturdy and stain resistant, and unlike many other types of stone, it can be used for acidic foods, such as lemon, without damaging its surface. Slate retains heat and, at the same time, it can also retain cold for a long time. The fact that it is naturally resistant to bacteria is an added advantage. Completely non-toxic material, it is easily washable.

However, its surface is scratch-sensitive, porous, and you can’t wash slate products in the dishwasher or use them in the oven. These limitations are overcome with the MPS Porcellana Ardesia line, which combines the aesthetics of slate with the durability of porcelain.

Slate porcelain: natural aesthetics with the efficiency of porcelain

Slate porcelain dishes and articles are exceptional tableware, ideal for all the most demanding professionals in the Ho.Re.Ca. sector.

The advantages of porcelain slate

Porcelain is known for its qualities of resistance and further advantages typical of this material, compensate for what may be lacking in slate. In fact, the products of the Porcellana ardesia line have all the characteristics of porcelain: a non-porous surface guarantees the absence of absorption of fats, odors and oils, to serve food that maintains its original aroma and taste, while the resistance of this incredible material can withstand the most intense daily professional use

It is even easier to use thanks to the fact that it is dishwasher safe. Unlike slate alone, porcelain slate resists high temperatures without any problems and, therefore, can be used in the oven and microwave. Able to retain the heat of the food, the Porcellana ardesia line is also perfect for direct serving of prepared dishes and the items, after cooling, can also be used in the freezer.

Alzata Ardesia

Simply elegant enhancement with the square stand Ardesia, Porcellana ardesia line

Natural beauty for every use

Slate porcelain lends a rustic, mysterious beauty to any presentation. Natural colors, from white to black, with shades of gray and hues, add brightness to lighter colored dishes and can create striking contrasts, making the course more vibrant and attractive.

This is why slate effect dinnerware is also used in many fine restaurants as serving dishes. Imagine the plays of color you can create on the square plate ardesia, available in different sizes, from 15 to 30 centimeters.

Not only for serving prepared food, but also as a tray: the rectangular plate ardesia, with gastronorm measurements, can also be used to bring finger food, sushi, desserts or fruit to the table, directly on the surface or in specific containers. The colors are exalted in a unique artistic creation, which reflects the creativity of the chef and his inspiration, allowing customers and guests to enjoy the food even with their eyes.

Combinations of items such as spoon finger and flower finger give life to stories of original and tasty ideas. And that’s not all: the Porcellana ardesia line is completed with elegant rectangular and square stands for an even more personalized and professional presentation of cakes, cookies and savory pies.

Alzata Ardesia

Complicity of colors, choose the Porcellana ardesia line by MPS Porcellane

Slate porcelain to enhance creativity

The Porcellana ardesia line is aesthetically reminiscent of slate but is much better, with unique items both from a practical point of view, with all the advantages of the strength of porcelain, and in terms of aesthetics, for a natural classy effect, with simplicity. MPS Porcellane offers innovative solutions, such as this exclusive line, to anticipate the needs of catering professionals, who must be able to respond to customers’ demands for originality, quality and change.

Creativity is enhanced by the ability of porcelain slate tableware to adapt to any type of environment that characterizes the restaurant, with the guarantee of quality that has always distinguished MPS: our products are in fact certified for use in contact with food by ICQ, Institute for Quality Control. All that now remains is to shape a new masterpiece accompanied by the pure refinement of slate porcelain.