When I really enjoy a meal, especially one with a delectable sauce, I always use a piece of bread to clean the plate. I consider it me giving a complement to the chef when I get every last morsel off like that. This was pretty much a learned behavior on my part, something everyone in my family just did.
I didn’t realize though that there was a term for it in Italian: “scarpetta”, meaning “little shoe”.
I really do love having a rich heritage that celebrates food so much. 🙂