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Le Cesarine

An Ancient Roman table

Roma / Lazio

La Cesarina

"When I was little, I would use my hands to help prepare the legumes and homemade pasta, and now, as an adult I help people as a doctor with them." Despite having a demanding professional life, Zaira does not abandon her passion for cooking, a true family tradition. Her grandmother, proud of her Roman origins, and the wife of a Latin professor who translated ancient Imperial recipes, used to escape the her repetitive cooking routine by preparing a variety of dishes. Now Zaira does the same in her own corner of paradise, a villa built in the 30s with an alluring garden and citrus grove.

Our Cesarina's home is located in the Città Giardino, a historic district of Rome, not far from the Aniene River. In the dining room and garden we find dinner tables set with antique wares that retain all their splendor and whisper secrets from the past. The perfect place to dive into the culinary history of the city through Zaira's marvellous cooking.

The secret of the Cesarina
My grandmother taught me how to prepare typical dishes from the Roman empire, ancient traditional traditional recipes. She showed me secrets from Mario Gavio Apicio’s ancient cookery book.


  • Rustic vegetable tart
  • Apicio broad bean cream
  • Lamb stew
  • Aromatic potato croquettes
  • Ricotta pie

Refined selection of local wines


We begin this Taste Experience with a rustic vegetable tart from an ancient recipe, handed down by Zaira’s wise grandmother, who loved to teach her new recipes in the kitchen.

Next, Zaira serves delicious cream of broad beans, which comes from an ancient Roman recipe book belonging to Marco Gavio Apicio, who was a noted gourmet in Roman times. For the second course, Zaira serves slow-cooked lamb which is delightfully tender, with a side of potato croquettes scented with herbs.

We come to a sweet conclusion with a soft ricotta tart, whose delicate flavour is the perfect way to cleanse the palate after such a feast.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Pet-friendly home

Cesarina's Reviews

I recommend everyone to participate to the preparation of the dishes before the dinner.
My friends and I have finally learned how to cook a real italian dinner.
Location warm and Zaira very funny    

Laureen P. from Birmingham (Alabama, USA)

Published 20/01/2017


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