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Le Cesarine

A journey through our family's most treasured flavours

Firenze / Toscana

La Cesarina

Roberta is a lawyer, a mother, and - of course - a Cesarina! She is originally from Bologna, but is an honorary Florentine as she has lived there for over twenty years with her husband, thus becoming part of his florentine family. Her mother-in-law was a wonderful cook, taught her the secrets of the city’s cuisine, passing down her family recipes to Roberta. 

Our Cesarina welcomes you into her spacious and welcoming apartment in the heart of Florence, just a few minutes’ walk from the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella and the banks of the river Arno. Her home is full of beautiful details and a mix of antique and modern furniture. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the city’s world-famous cuisine.

The secret of the Cesarina

"For me, dinner time is a moment to connect with my family"


Crostini with spleen, lampredotto, liver, cavolo nero
Passatelli in 'sugo finto' 
Timballo de' Medici 
Citrus salad
Crème caramel all'amaretto

Refined selection of local wines


At Roberta’s table, you can truly immerse yourself in the typical flavours of Tuscany. This Taste Experience begins with a classic and appetising starter known as “lampredotto”: crostini topped with beef stomach, spleen and liver, with one of the region’s staple vegetables, cavolo nero. 

For the first course, Roberta serves delicious passatelli (long, thin dumplings made with flour and breadcrumbs) in ’sugo finto’, a vegetable sauce which harks back to Tuscany’s humble countryside cuisine. It’s an absolutely exquisite dish that you can’t miss!

Next, Roberta cooks a dish that was popular during the Renaissance in Florence: Timballo dè Medici, also known as “pasticcio alla fiorentina”. It’s a feast of flavours, a baked dish made with maccherioni, meat, béchamel sauce, egg and spices, covered with layers of rolled-out pasta. On the side, we have a fresh citrus salad. 

To round off, our Cesarina serves a delightful crème caramel with amatetti, the perfect way to finish this Taste Experience!


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Pet-friendly home


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