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Le Cesarine

An intense Taste Experience in Siena’s centre

Siena / Toscana

La Cesarina

Elettra invites us into her home in the historical centre of Siena, a fascinating medieval town with a rich history. Here, masterpieces of gothic art rub shoulders with the secular tradition of the Contrade del Palio.

Elettra spent several years in Germany, dedicating her time to Italian cooking courses. She has always been particularly fond of her region’s traditional dishes, which help her to feel connected with her hometown wherever she is in the world. When she returned to Italy, Elettra decided to cook using only local and organic products whenever possible, to offer a Taste Experience that truly represents Siena's traditional flavours.

The secret of the Cesarina
I have a handmade garlic crusher from Cortona. It’s just what I need to prepare my ‘pici all’aglioni’, which requires finely chopped garlic cloves.


  • 'Panzanella toscana' 
  • Pici all'aglione (hand-made pasta similar to spaghetti, in a garlic sauce) 
  • Pork loin with fried potatoes and herbs
  • Cantucci (almond biscuits) with Vin Santo

Refined selection of local wines


The Taste Experience begins with a delicious Tuscan ‘panzanella’, a fresh salad made with tomatoes, bread and onions. This humble classic is a much loved part of the local cuisine.

For the first course, we have a first course of ‘pici all’aglione’, thick hand-made spaghetti in a rich tomato and garlic sauce, a celebration of local produce. Elettra serves a second course of tender roast pork with potatoes fried to crispy perfection, cooked in aromatic wild herbs.

Finally, it’s time for dessert. Elettra serves an unmissable classic, dry almond biscuits called ‘cantucci’, accompanied by a delicious glass of Vin Santo, a typical Tuscan dessert wine.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • 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