Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics

Casa Mia Salad Plate

Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics is the brainchild of Margaret Frazer Proctor, a southern born tastemaker with a penchant for European flair informed by her love of international travel and classic decor. Her background in fashion and upscale merchandising gave her the expertise to turn Fortunata into the boutique brand it is today.

Fortunata has a fresh, modern take on the time-honored Italian ceramic tradition. In a collaboration with storied designer Adriano Tolomei, Fortunata produced the Casa Mia and Buon Appetito dinnerware collections. Tuscan ceramic techniques, lively colors, and natural forms combine to create the distinctive quality of Fortunata ceramic pieces.

Each piece starts with the highest quality clays, thrown by artisan hands, then individually glazed to give each work of art its own texture and character. In your home, these beautiful, functional objects feel like family heirlooms ablaze with new life.

Photo by Smith Cameron Photography

Spicy Cheese Grits for the Party!

Buon Appetito Dinnerware



We love gathering at the dinner table and sharing meals our spicy cheese grits with our fabulous Buon Appetito Baking Dish.

From the oven, the microwave and to the dishwasher, this ceramic dish is perfectly suited for everyday use. Beautifully inspired by the colors of the Mediterranean—terracotta, deep-sea blue, white and cloud gray


Donjenna’s Cheese Grits

  • 2 cups grits, cooked separately (according to directions on package).
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Asiago Cheese
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 fresh jalapeño, finely diced with seeds removed
  • 6 or 8 garlic cloves, diced
  • 6 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sauté the onion, jalapeño and garlic in 2 TBSP of olive oil while the grits are cooking separately. In the final 5 minutes of the grits cooking, add the sautéed onion, jalapeño, garlic and 2 cups of cheese – stirring constantly (the stove should be off at this point). Next, Add 3 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the Buon Appetito Kitchen Baker. Next, Pour the grits mixture into the Buon Appetito Kitchen Baker.  A dash of Salt and Pepper to taste. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese to the top (or more if you desire). Put into the oven for 45 – 55 min for the cheese to obtain a light golden color. You are ready to have the best grits ever! Serves 6.

Send us your recipe! We will create and show on your dashing creation in one of our Buon Appetito dishes.

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