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Le Cesarine

An original taste of Bologna

Bologna / Emilia Romagna

La Cesarina

Diva Francesca lives in the very centre of Bologna, a stone’s throw away from Piazza Maggiore, right above the bustling streets of the city’s most popular market. This is the beating heart of Emilia’s capital, a maze of charming little streets which by day is filled with the chatter of strolling crowds, and by night by the chink of wine glasses as the local bars fill up with people. Above these busy scenes is an oasis of peace, where music from the streets below drifts up softly, our Cesarina’s terrace, which looks out over a breathtaking sight, the skyline of Bologna. Here, you can enjoy your dinner surrounded by a panorama that most people will only see on a postcard - the Vita church’s majestic dome, the iconic Garisenda and Asinelli towers, and the trademark red rooves of Bologna. It’s unforgettable. 

For Diva Francesca, her passion for food is a voyage of discovery leading her to new restaurants, new recipes and new tastes, but always keeping true to the rules and the produce of her regional cuisine.

The secret of the Cesarina
"My love of food is a constant journey as I search for new flavours"


  • Tastings of mini crescentine with a selection of Emilian salumi
  • Tagliatelle with ‘gambuccio’ and lemon
  • Stuffed courgettes and tomato ‘polpettine’
  • Peas in creamy Parmigiano sauce
  • Almond and ricotta cake

Refined selection of local wines


We dive into Bolognese tradition with a classic antipasto. Diva serves ‘crescentine’, soft pockets of bread that are served with a selection of Emilian hams.

Next, Diva serves a fresh take on tagliatelle, as she serves them with ‘gambuccio’ ham and lemon, which again celebrates the region’s most celebrated export. The ham is seared with lemon juice, which lends a zingy flavour to the dish. For the second course, we enjoy colourful ‘zucchine ripiene’ with tomato patties. 

To round off the Taste Experience, Diva serves a perfectly soft and delicate almond cake.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Pet-friendly home

Cesarina's Reviews

This was the coolest thing we did in Bologna! I had been exploring the market streets for a few days, and when I found Le Cesarine, I couldn't believe they had an experience right above my favourite part of the city :) Diva is a great host and I loved trying her delicious handmade pasta. We all had lunch on her terrace with wine, blue skies and an amazing view. What could be better! 

Lily Jacobs from Cardiff

Published 27/07/2017


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