Authentic Caesar Salad Experience

At the de’Medici, we live up to the legend of the Caesar Salad, invented in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico!

The story says Caesar Cardini, and Italian-American, opened a restaurant in Tijuana for Americans frustrated by the prohibition. At the end of the overcrowded 4th of July, Cardini runs short on cooking ingredients. Quickly, he improvises a dish for his friends, using romaine lettuce, garlic, croutons, parmesan cheese, eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. Some years later, Cardini’s brother adds anchovies to the initial ingredients and makes what we enjoy today as Caesar Salad.

But Caesar Salad is more than a recipe. Here is the complete and authentic experience, which we offer exactly the same way Cardini offered it to his friends:

We sit together as friends, and stories begin. While you enjoy a wine, we roll over the salad cart to your table. We toss the romaine in a wooden bowl, adding anchovies and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce.

While our timeless conversation goes on, we break the eggs and roll them in. The greens go all creamy as the eggs flow over them. We add olive oil, garlic-flavored croutons, spread some grated Parmesan cheese and friendly jokes.

We plate the salad, covering the leaves with some black pepper, and even more Parmesan cheese… and serve it to you!

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Wednesday to Sunday: 5 p.m. - close

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