The Cafe Mediceo in Barberino di Mugello was opened in 2006 inside the Barberino Designer Outlet, and became in a short time a point of reference for clients of the center and for tourists looking for a quality local. The name of the café comes from Catherine de 'Medici, at whose court was invented and enjoyed for the first time the ice cream.
Ruggeri, a butcher who lived in the Medici court, won the competition organized by the queen for the most amazing food ever seen, improving old methods to cool water, added with sugar and fruit. The Lords of Florence liked its "sorbet" so much that Catherine decided to take him to France, where she married Henry and became queen of France. Ruggeri was able to amaze the court of Versailles, preparing for the wedding banquet a recipe of "water ice sugared and perfumed." Because of jealousy on the part of the French cooks Ruggeri decided to sell the recipe and return to Italy.
Here, again at the court of the Medici, Bernardo Buontalenti, architect and artist among the most famous of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, had the idea to introduce the egg in the recipe, and he had immediate success. Also he built a machine that, thanks to the vanes driven by a crank stirred the ice cream, while from a cylinder was poured ice. In addition to the bar and cafeteria, "Caffè Mediceo" is a popular ice cream shop, which offers genuine sorbets made with "only sugared water" and fresh fruit, obtained just revisiting the old recipes of Ruggeri. You can also enjoy both classic flavors, made with high-quality raw materials (pistachio, hazelnut of Piedmont IGP, pure Dominicancocoa, fresh pasteurized eggs coming from our lands) and innovative flavors, which are based on unusual and valuable raw materials (new oil, new wine, truffles, figs), and also tastes revisiting in a modern way the ancient recipes of traditional Tuscan and Florentine cakes Rice pie of Lorenzo de 'Medici, hazelnut with meringue and dark chocolate in Catherine de Medici flavour, cantuccini and Vinsanto). Caffè Mediceo in Barberino di Mugello is a quality restaurant serving dishes based on the best local products, such as the typical tortello Mugellano, the peposo and Chianina meat hamburgers. In the menu are also delicious dishes to pamper our youngest guests, and dishes dedicated to customers with gluten intolerance. We can also organise birthday parties taking advantage of the area nex to the games area of the Barberino Designer Outlet which decorated and equipped with chairs, tables and balloons becomes the ideal place to entertain our little guests. We have various menus, from the simplest serving warm pizzas and focaccia of various flavors, to the most complete menu with birthday cake and pastries from our own production. We also carry out external catering service for receptions and events. The response from the public was such as to open a second location in Borgo San Lorenzo following the same approach based on quality, passion and attention to the customer.