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Le Cesarine

Between Liguria and Piemonte

Gavi / Piemonte

La Cesarina

Sandra and her husband Ivano made a choice of live some years ago: they left the city and the region of Liguria to move to the countryside. More precisely to the little farmer town of Gavi, in the province of Alessandria, famous for the fortress which dominates the town. This is where our Cesarina has her roots, since it is the place where her grandmother, to whom she was very close, came from.

“With her I learned to cook traditional dishes and recognise the wines of these lands, which my grandfather used to bottle himself”. Today Sandra is ready for her turn to pass own all the secrets of her cuisine, inspired by simple recipes of the area between the regions of Piemonte and Liguria.

The secret of the Cesarina
“I adore sage: with its delicate flavour, it is the ideal ingredient for perfuming any dish”.


  • Mixed bread crostini
  • Local cheeses and cold-cuts
  • Frisceu
  • Pesto corzetti with green beans
  • Vitel tonnè, tuna-ed veal
  • Zucchini all’aggiadda
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Chocolate and Piemonte hazelnuts cake, baci di dama and amaretto cookies from Gavi

Refined selection of local wines


After a simple but delicious starter of mixed bread crostini and local cheeses and cold-cuts, we make our grand entrance into the Taste Experience of Ligurian and Piemontese tradition. Our Cesarina brings 'frisceu' to the table, delicious fritters of pumpkin blossoms, salted anchovies and olives.

To follow, Sandra makes us 'corzetti', another great Genovese classic. This disc-shaped pasta is cooked with the smallest and most tender green beans and then served with the most famous ligurian sauce: pesto. The result is special to say the least, and incredibly tasty.

In the second course, Piemonte’s flavours make their entrance. Our Cesarina serves us 'vitel tonné', roast veal slices served in a tuna based sauce which also contains mayonnaise and capers. This dish is served cold and is ideal for a Summer meal. As a side dish we have zucchini 'all’aggiada', zucchini which are lightly fried with a handful of sage and garlic, and grilled vegetables.

As a grand conclusion to this menu, we finish with two desserts of classic Piemontese origin: chocolate and hazelnut cake and 'baci di dama' (literally “lady kisses”, a kind of biscuit) and amaretti (almond cookies) from Gavi. Two magical endings to our meal.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • 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