Let me start by saying that this is not another piece of writing praising the exceptional talents of Nick Anderer, Joe Tarasco, or the entire culinary crew at Marta Manhattan. Far better industry writers have eloquently commended the audibly enjoyable crispy crust topped with inventive, thoughtful accessories.
I’m here to talk about what’s under the pies. The plates used at Marta have made our factory partner a social media sensation.
I just returned from a week in Mexico visiting Anfora, a factory that has been producing dinnerware around Mexico City for close to 100 years. Anfora is best known for their hand-painted pattern aptly named Puebla. This signature collection is synonymous with authentic old-world charm and pays homage to one of the greatest culinary cities in the world. While you are probably familiar with the royal blue pigment that lies underneath the illustrious Marta crust, the collection is also available in half a dozen other colors. Coral orange, Black, Sand Dune yellow, and Palm Leaf green can be seen at Café Fiorello. Blue Lagoon will be gracing the tables of Alex Stupak’s new Empellon opening in Midtown this fall.
Affordable dinnerware for everyday use, Anfora has been distributed by Steelite in the US for over a decade. Their unrivaled combination of authenticity and durability aids in the growing success of one of our largest partners. There are currently eight other extensive collections in the Steelite portfolio produced by Anfora. Denali Gray, pictured right, was one of the most successful product introductions of 2015 and remains in high demand as we introduce a sister collection in emerald green.
Beyond the traditional vibrant glazed dinnerware you would expect to see from a Mexican china company, Anfora now has the ability to experiment with unique matte glazes. Enrique Olivero has been partnering with the factory for many years. The most photographed dessert in the country is snapped on Anfora dinnerware at Cosme. The beloved Cornhusk Meringues with Corn Mousse matches the muted hue of its presentation vessel. An imperfectly shaped, stunningly flavored sugary and savory dessert is simply elevated on the pure white offset welled plate.
My team and I have been working with various factories for a few years now to introduce unique collections for our exclusive portfolio. Some of the most exciting new collections under our brand, Little M Tucker, are from Anfora.