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Le Cesarine

Ancient Roman recipes: footprints of the past

Roma / Lazio

La Cesarina

Maria Carla greets us in the breathtaking countryside of Lazio, near the gates of Rome. Her beautiful villa may be far from the chaos of the city centre, but just looking around this area you can still see reminders of the colourful history of Rome; something that our Cesarina knows very well, since her great passion (aside from cooking, of course) is Roman History.

“My dinners give you a real ‘guided tour’ experience”, says Maria Carla, “I always try to accompany the meal with explanations and anecdotes about the eating habits of the Ancient Romans, especially the most well-known ones”. Dining at Maria Carla’s plunges you head first into the Eternal City’s culture, and you’ll appreciate both the flavours and the story behind them.

The secret of the Cesarina
My dinners give you a real ‘guided tour’ experience. I always try to accompany the meal with explanations and anecdotes about the eating habits of the Ancient Romans


  • Eggs with olives
  • Sala Cattabia (a type of “panzanella”, a quickly tossed together salad with ricotta and mint)
  • Intingolo di Baiano (Seafood soup with dates)
  • Wine: Ribolla Gialla
Prima mensa: 
  • Apicio meatballs
  • Fennel, roquette and carrot salad
  • Cibarius bread (barley bread to be dipped in barley water)
  • Wine: Falerno del Massico bianco
Secunda mensa: 
  • Cassata di Oplontis (ricotta, honey and fruit cake)
  • Vino Moscato d'Asti DOC

Refined selection of local wines


Maria Carla takes us on a voyage of discovery through the culinary traditions of the capital city’s past. Our taste experience begins with a “gustatio”, an egg and olive based starter just like those eaten at Roman banquets, with sala cattabia (a quickly tossed together salad with ricotta and mint) and a seafood soup with Tunisian dates. All of this, of course, is accompanied by a delicious wine.

Next up is the “prima mensa”, or first course; Apicio meatballs, richly flavoured with pine nuts and cooked in wine. On the side we have a fresh salad with fennel, roquette and carrot, as well as Cibarus, a barley bread to be dipped in acidulated water.

Time for dessert – or, as our Cesarina likes to say, “secunda mensa”. Maria Carla serves up a pudding straight from Pompeii. Oplontis cassata, a ricotta, honey and fruit cake, which is simply delicious. It’s the perfect finish to this time-travelling dinner.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • Pet-friendly home

Cesarina's Reviews

Ottima cena, allietata dai commenti della padrona di casa che ci intratteneva con simpatiche descrizioni

storiche dei piatti che aveva preparato. Anche la scelta dei vini dimostra l’attenzione con cui la sig.ra M.

Carla elabora il menu. La raccomandiamo caldamente.

Francesca M.

Published 08/10/2017


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