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Le Cesarine

A step back in time, to when they spoke Spanish in Milan

Milano / Lombardia

La Cesarina

Marcella is a real food lover: «I have loved cooking since I was a little girl. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family of fantastic chefs; we often had guests at home and we really liked making dishes with top-of-the range products».

Our Cesarina’s passion led her to her current job: in fact, for many years Marcella was a food-stylist for advertising campaigns and videos and then, in 1999, decided to dedicate herself to working full-time in the food service industry.

The secret of the Cesarina

English translation in progress!


English translation in progress

Refined selection of local wines


Although it is not the most well-known dish, ‘mondeghili’ meatballs, which is in fact one of the great classics of Milanese cuisine, which is why Marcella decides to serve these for her starter: in fact, according to legend 'mondeghili' were first prepared during the Spanish domination of Lombardy, in the 16th Century. 

Next, our Cesarina serves a delicious thyme risotto with kale, nuts and Bitto, a Lombardo cheese with an aromatic aftertaste to complete this fantastic flavour combination. For the second course, quail with 'uva moscata' - a very delicate recipe that brings out the quail’s gamey flavour – accompanied with potato, celery and turnip purée.

To finish, Marcella loves serving a traditional Milanese dessert with an original touch: a panettone pudding with cocoa sauce. It’s absolutely sublime! 


  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English


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