According to legend, in 1491, Leonardo da Vinci was walking along the Ticino river in Pavia, saw a big sturgeon in the river and had the idea of giving Beatrice d’Este the precious eggs, small like pearls but with a delicious and rare taste. It is said that during the wedding banquet of the duchesse and Ludovico il Moro, Renaissance artist gifted the bride a box of sturgeon eggs encrusted with gemstones like a precious jewel.
Italy is the first european caviar producer and the third in the world. Today, the italian caviar represents more than 22% of the worl production. The biggest italian producer is in Calvisano in the province of Brescia but it is not the only one.