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Le Cesarine

A fairytale of flavours under the Due Torri

Bologna / Emilia Romagna

La Cesarina

Queen Margherita was the bride of King Umberto I who reigned from 1878 to 1900; the people of Bologna dedicated the most important park in the city to her, which is still known as the “Margherita gardens". On the eastern edge of the park is the house of Luisa who, together with her mother Maria Teresa, cultivates the typical flavors of the Italy of those days. Today, Luisa presents typical Bolognese dishes with the flavor of a voyage in the “nice times of the past”, when horses and carriages traveled through the Margherita gardens.


  • Homemade focaccia
  • Fresh pasta rosettes with ham and cheese
  • Zucchini soufflé and stuffed cabbage leaf parcels 
  • Amaretto cream heart cake

Refined selection of local wines


Luisa's Taste Experience begins with a Bolognese aperitivo - sparkling wine with Mortadella mousse tartlets, a nod to Bologna's most famous sausage. Next, she serves up rosettes, an unmissable classic. This stunning dish marries freshly made egg pasta with a ham and fontina cheese, and is usually prepared on special occasions with a rich layer of Béchamel sauce.

For the main course, a wonderful roast pork joint prepared with ham and cheese, accompanied by home-made bread. Potatoes "alla contadina" or "farmer's potatoes" are served on the side, a much-loved recipe that Luisa learned she was little. 

We finish off on a sweet note, with a sumptuous amaretto cream cake.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Wheelchair-accessible


Our customers says

"This was one our best experiences in Bologna. Our hosts, Gianni and Lorenza, were a well travelled and interesting couple about similar ages to ourselves. They also spoke perfect English, having lived in Canada for many years. Gianni taught us how to make tortellini from scratch which we ate with our meal. Gianni is a fine and the rest of the meal was excellent. Their place is an apartment in a medieval Palazzo which was well worth seeing on its own. We really enjoyed it."

J. Bliss

"Our dinner with Angela was the best experience of our visit to Rome. The food was delicious, and it was delightful to talk with Angela and her Mother about food, life in Rome, work, and the state of the world in general. This experience would have been impossible for us without Le Cesarine."

D. White

"We had a wonderfull lunch time with Tania (30 minutes outside from Bologna). She was an excellent host and very charming. We enjoyed her traditional courses (antipasti,strozzapretti con salsiccia, brasato al limone) very much and could highly recommend her. The atmosphere was very relaxed and it was easy to drive to her. We would come again."

J. Hüsser