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Le Cesarine

An art born from passion and knowledge between the streets of the historic center

Ascoli Piceno / Marche

La Cesarina

Nestled in a natural dell between the Tronto and Castellano rivers, Ascoli Piceno has a rich and influential gastronomic tradition. Within the maze of streets of the unique historic city center lives Barbara, who has inherited her passion for cooking from a family that for generations has been engaged in food service.

It is this passion, combined with a deep knowledge of the culinary arts, that drives our Cesarina in the rediscovery of traditional recipes and dishes of the Marche: a precious inheritance that Barbara has decided to share with her guests, offering dishes that belong to her traditional local cuisine.

The secret of the Cesarina
The most unmissable traditional dish on my table? The Frascarelli marchigiani.


  • Cacioni (Pecù) with nostano salami
  • Cacciannanze
  • Frascarelli
  • Chicken stew (‘Ncip ‘Nciap)
  • Roast potatoes
  • Cicerchiata

Refined selection of local wines


Barbara's Taste Experience begins with baked cacioni, a pastry filled with egg and cheese and folded into a half-moon shape, served with local cold cuts. She also serves 'cacciannanze', a hand-rolled bread dough, flavored with chopped rosemary, garlic, oil, and coarse salt.

One of Barbara's absolute staples are 'frascarelli', hand-made polenta with a base of wheat flour, corn, and water, and seasoned with fresh pancetta, onion, tomatoes, and pecorino. 

Next, a dish that symbolizes Marche cuisine: the stuffed olive, which we find alongside the chicken stew, or “‘Ncip ‘Nciap” - a dish with chicken browned in a mixture of oil, garlic, rosemary, and chilli, accompanied by stuffed olives and roast potatoes. To finish, Barbara offers us an ancient dessert: the 'cicerchiata', made of flour dough, eggs, butter, sugar, and lemon peel, which is then covered in warm honey. Our Cesarina pairs this with a typical sweet or mulled Ascoli wine.


  • 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