My Essential Serving Dish: Verona Pasta Bowl from CB2

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I'll be honest: I love cooking for dinner parties, but I'm a complete dunce when it comes to actually serving the food in any sort of elegant or dignified manner. Lucky for me, these pasta bowls from CB2 do most of the work for me.

I am a huge proponent of white serving dishes. As much as I may swoon over the patterned dishware at Anthropologie or the splashy colors of fiestaware, I think that food just looks better on white. It's simple. It shows off the food. It works.

But white doesn't have to mean boring. I love the swooped contours of these CB2 bowls. They're pleasing to look at and give something a little different than the standard circular bowl. The bowls also seem to bring an automatic touch of class to my dinner table.

I've also found that these bowls are really easy to pass around the table. The two pasta bowls I have are technically intended for single servings, but I find that they're easily large enough to hold one side dish each without becoming awkwardly heavy. The fact that they're dishwasher- and microwave-safe is an added bonus.

Perhaps an even better bonus is their price: just $5.95 for one bowl:

Verona Pasta Bowls, $5.95 from CB2

Anyone else have a love for CB2 dishes?

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