Gubbio was one of the centers of Italian pottery production during the Renaissance, and contemporary production respects the traditional methods and designs. Most of the plates we import from the area are known as Cappello da Prete, or the "priest’s hat," because of their shape. During the time of the Renaissance sauces were put in the middle of such plates while cheeses and meats were arranged around the edges to be dipped into the sauces. In effect, these plates are particularly excellent for serving antipasti as well as for regular meals. This plate is also beautiful as decoration; please let us know in the comment section of checkout if you would like us to wrap a wire around the back section of this piece so that it will hang as wall decor.