A taste ... of history

Everyone - young and old - loves gelato. But few know the origins of this fresh, nutritious, fun and fashionable food. Before even pizza and spaghetti, ice cream is historically the first food to define itself as an ambassador of Italian food in the world. The inventor, in 1559, was the ingenious Florentine artist Bernardo Buontalenti that at a banquet at the Medici court served the first cold cream made from milk, honey and egg yolk. It was a triumph! The dishes, at the time, were synonymous with power, imagination, creativity of the noble kitchens: a pride to amaze and sometimes intimidate guests. From here the ice cream began to spread, first in Italy and then in France, where it came in the wake of Caterina De 'Medici.