Because of the larger top we often use this pan for reducing sauces or as a sauce pan for making soup and even stock. It is has a perfectly smooth, rounded bottom that allows utensils to reach all parts of the bowl for easy stirring and the ability to scrape any area of the pan while cooking. That reduces sticking, which makes cooking easier and your results the best they can be. Plus, because it's a Viking, it's constructed to be ultra-sturdy, with a double-riveted handle, and will last for years. Comes with matching lid.