Le Cesarine


  • Mixed bread crostini
  • Local cold-cuts and cheeses
  • Mixed chickpea flour farinata cooked in a wooden oven
  • Ravioli in beer sugo sauce
  • Stuffed turkey roll in white sauce
  • Beetroots in bagnacauda sauce
  • Savoy cabbage dumplings with peas and pancetta bacon
  • Chocolate and Piemonte hazelnuts cake, baci di dama and amaretto cookies from Gavi

Refined selection of local wines


A deliciously simple starter of mixed bread crostini, local cheeses and cold-cuts is the best beginning to this Taste Experience, which lies in the middle of Ligurian and Piemontese traditions. To continue, Merlo brings 'la Farinata' to the table, a tasty Genovese dish made from chickpea flour and baby onions. The dough is baked in a wood-fired stove until a delicious golden crust is formed, guaranteeing a scrumptious result with a fabulous crust. 

The ravioli cooked in beer sauce, which Sandra serves us as a first course, is a dish typically from the area of Gavi, in Piemonte. Just like the stuffed turkey roll in white sauce that she serves next: fried with prosciutto, and infused with herbs and spices and the delicate flavour of milk. This delicacy is served with another great classic of Sandra's regional cuisine: beetroot with 'bagnacauda' sauce, a typical condiment made with salted anchovies and garlic. And let's not forget the savoy cabbage dumplings with peas and pancetta bacon, which our Cesarina makes even more delicious with lashings of béchamel sauce.

As a grand conclusion to this menu, we finish with two classic desserts of Piemontese origin which Alessandra has prepared with great expertise: chocolate and hazelnut cake and 'baci di dama' (literally “lady kisses”, a kind of biscuit) and amaretti (almond biscuits) from Gavi.


  • Participate in meal preparation

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • Vegetarian option

  • Pet-friendly home

Sandra and her husband Ivano made a choice of live some years ago: they left the city and the region of Liguria to move to the countryside. More precisely to the little farmer town of Gavi, in the province of Alessandria, famous for the fortress which dominates the town. This is where our Cesarina has her roots, since it is the place where her grandmother, to whom she was very close, came from.

“With her I learned to cook traditional dishes and recognise the wines of these lands, which my grandfather used to bottle himself”. Today Sandra is ready for her turn to pass own all the secrets of her cuisine, inspired by simple recipes of the area between the regions of Piemonte and Liguria.

The secret of the Cesarina
“I adore sage: with its delicate flavour, it is the ideal ingredient for perfuming any dish”.

Cesarine at home

This Cesarina is also available to organize a taste Experience at your accomodation

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