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Le Cesarine

A tour of Milan’s typical dishes

Milano / Lombardia

La Cesarina

Maddalena has always had a true passion for traditional Lombardo cooking. Between traditional recipes, books on typical dishes and cookery courses, this Cesarina also became a partner at a cooking school. With time, she became a true expert of Milanese gastronomy, even giving lectures on the subject at The University of the Third Age.

Today she welcomes us into her home in the centre of Milan, a stone’s throw away from the famous Quadrilatero della Moda and Porta Garibaldi. Milan’s main attractions, such as the Pinacoteca di Brera, La Scala and the Duomo al Castello Sforzesco are just a short walk from her appartment– or a metro ride, if you’re feeling a bit lazy. Maddalena’s house is basically the perfect place to start discovering the city.

The secret of the Cesarina
I love teaching people about the secrets of Milanese cuisine – it’s a passion of mine that I dedicate a lot of free time to.


  • Chisolini (fried gnocchi with salami selection)
  • Pumpkin risotto
  • California beef (named after a small town near Milan)
  • Buttered cauliflower
  • ‘Charlotte Milanese’ (apple, sultana and pine nut dessert)

Refined selection of local wines


Do you fancy trying an exquisite Milanese menu just a few minutes away from its famous Duomo? If you do, then pull up a seat at Maddalena’s table… This Cesarina has always loved her city’s cuisine, so she opens her Taste Experience opens with 'chisolini' (delicious fried gnocchi) accompanied by a salami selection.

She follows with an unmissable classic of Lombardo cuisine; 'risotto alla zucca' (pumpkin risotto), before slow-cooked Californian-style beef – don’t worry, this is still an Italian dish - California is a small town near Milan! This luxurious dish involves browning the meat in oil before cooking it over a low heat in balsamic vinegar and milk. Maddalena serves this with buttered cauliflower.

Last but not least, dessert. Our Cesarina serves up Charlotte Milanese, a typical pudding of apple, sultanas, and pine nuts, for a delicate and intriguing finish.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Wheelchair-accessible

Cesarina's Reviews

Signora Maddalena was a lovely host and we had a nice evening with interesting conversations. The meal was delicious and a perfect introduction to the Milanese kitchen. It would have been nice to start the evening with an "aperitivo" and end it with a coffee.

Hans Renfer

Published 29/09/2017


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