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Le Cesarine

Ancient flavors from Estense' s court

Rubiera / Emilia Romagna

La Cesarina

Rubiera is a small town in the province of Reggio Emilia. Located in the Po Valley, this medieval town still preserves traces of its imposing walls built in 1200 for defensive purposes.

In Rubiera, as in all the land of Emilia, cuisine is a cult. In each home, on the occasion of celebrations and anniversaries, you will find cappelletti in broth, green or yellow pumpkin tortelli prepared according to ancient family recipes. The local dishes are derived from Reggio Emilia and Modena: Maria Cristina and Rosetta interpret this grafting of the two culinary traditions, presenting some of the most typical local recipes once again.

The secret of the Cesarina
In Rubiera, as in all the land of Emilia, cuisine is a cult.


  • Fried gnocchini with prosciutto, felino salami, and zucchini stuffed with ricotta
  • Green tortelli with butter and sage
  • Valigini
  • Balsamic bell peppers, green salad and tomatoes au gratin
  • Sour cherry crostata and mattonella desserts

Refined selection of local wines


In this Taste Experience, the Cesarine serve typical dishes of the Reggio Emilian cuisine. We begin with the first course: fried miniature gnocchi with prosciutto and salami from the town of Felino. These little gnocchi are inspired by the famous fried gnocchi, a savory leavened delicacy typical of Reggio Emilia made with a lard dough, cut into diamond shapes and then fried. Golden on the outside, soft and hollow on the inside, they are served piping hot to accompany salami. Delicious ricotta-filled zucchini complete the antipasto course.

For the first course, the Cesarine offer green tortelli pasta fried in butter and sage, homemade in the traditional way. Next are the 'valigini reggiani', known as 'valisein' in the local dialect: meat roulades stuffed with prosciutto, mortadella, parmigiano, eggs and parsley, accompanied by a side dish of vegetables, bell peppers with balsamic vinegar, green salad and tomatoes au gratin.

A fragrant sour cherry crostata pie and a classic “mattonella”, a cold dessert made with dried cookies soaked in coffee and butter cream, bring this Taste Experience to a sweet conclusion.


  • 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