Serious Eats: Talk
Your thoughts on china. The dinnerware, not the country.
Okay. So. After sharing my strongly-held opinions on dinnerware here at SE and with many a newly-engaged couple, blossoming chef, etc., I've decided it's time to jump in and take my own advice. Yes, I'm admitting with great embarrassment that, although I talk the lots-of-good-quality-plain-white-porcelain talk, I don't walk the walk. (There are reasons for this, but they are sad and boring.) Lucky for me, when I told hubby it was time we got ourselves the good dinnerware we'll have the rest of our lives, he was 100% on board. Not only am I blessed with a mate who indulges my few wants and whims, but he's got the means to spare no expense. Lucky for him, I'm frugal, and like to get great quality at a good price. I'll be buying open stock (no pre-packed settings for me), and lots of it. I've been leaning toward something practical and durable, along the lines of Apilco or Pillivuyt. But hubby's been doing his own research, and has suggested Wedgwood White or Villeroy & Boch as something that would be likely to outlive us and be appreciated by heirs. I know bone china is the best stuff, and it's probably a better value overall, but I'm torn. I want it to be pretty, durable, and easily added to or replaced. But I hate to spend more than is actually necessary.
So, if you could have ANY white dinnerware you wanted, which would be your first choice? And which would be a close second?