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Le Cesarine

Artusian flavors under the porticos of Bologna

Bologna / Emilia Romagna

La Cesarina

Bologna is the city of gastronomic culture par excellence: fresh pasta, mortadella and a passion for wine. Despite her origins in Rome and a youth spent in Sardinia, Marica’s cuisine is pervaded by the aromas of the Emilian tradition.

Marica has lived in Bologna for over twenty years, and living in this world-famous gastronomic centre inspired her to learn its typical recipes. Our Cesarina, as well as being a 'true Italian', forged by a pastiche of assorted places, as she defines herself. She is now a blogger who successfully and passionately dedicates herself to passing on her experience in the field of traditional cuisine. 

The secret of the Cesarina
My kitchen is pervaded by the aromas of the Emilian tradition


  • Parmigiano Reggiano 'sformatini' pies
  • Gramigna pasta with a sausage sauce
  • Spezzatino veal with peas
  • Pinza Bolognese with a sweet mustard

Refined selection of local wines


Keeping the teachings of Pelligrino Artusi (the first Italian cookery book author) close to her heart, Marica’s carefully selects typical, locally sourced products from Bologna's rich culinary heritage.

This Taste Experience begins with Parmigiano Reggiano Sformatini, little pies, a mouthwatering antipasto. It's up to the guest to decide how 'aged' they would like their Parmigiano cheese, as it greatly alters the intensity of the flavour. 

As a first course, our Cesarina serves gramigna pasta with sausage: gramigna is a short, curly pasta shape with a hollow middle, typical of Emilia Romagna. It requires a sauce with a strong, rich flavor.

A great classic of Italian second courses comes next: Spezzatino con i piselli, veal stew with peas. Marica then tempts us with her parmigiano pie with savoury zabaione cream.

We finish the Taste Experience on a sweet note, with a typical Bolognese dessert of ancient tradition: la pinza bolognese, a strudel made with sweet pastry dough and filled with a quince and citrus-based sweet mustard.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Wheelchair-accessible

Cesarina's Reviews

A brilliant way to discover a new side of Italian life! I loved learning how Italians really eat - Marica is so nice and made us feel welcome straight away. Perfect for tourists who are looking for something a bit different. I will tell all my friends about this :) 

Joan M. from New York

Published 22/04/2017


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