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Le Cesarine

Between Roma and Viterbo, the secrets of Lazio’s cuisine

Roma / Lazio

La Cesarina

Massimo lives just outside Porta Pia, a place that has made history as one of the symbols of the Unity of Italy and of Rome. In this historic corner of the Eternal city, in the Salario neighborhood, we can still find all the allure of the Capitoline tradition and feel the special atmosphere given by its characteristic restaurants and museums.

A neurologist by profession, our Cesarino devotes most of his spare time to cooking. He inherited this passion from this grandparents, who taught him the secrets of la buona tavola, “the good table” and engaged him in preparing dishes from the Roman-Jewish tradition ever since he was a child. Delicious recipes, made even more special thanks to mum Rosalba’s ingredients and typical Viterbese culture combinations.

The secret of the Cesarina
I love creating unique combinations, capable of exalting flavours but still faithful to tradition.


  • Roman artichoke and ricotta tart
  • Mezze maniche pasta with cacio cheese and pepper
  • Chianina meatballs
  • Wild fennel potatoes
  • Lariano bread
  • Homemade saraceno wheat bread
  • Roman tiramisù
All recipes and dishes can also be prepared in a gluten-free version

Refined selection of local wines


Massimo welcomes us into the heart of the eternal city with a delicious roman artichoke and ricotta tart. A starter which gives us a perfect summary of the Capitoline tradition, almost an anthem to local products: the “symbol” Roman vegetable is deliciously combined with this cheese, delicate and tasty at the same time.

We continue with another great classic from Lazio’s cuisine: 'mezze maniche cacio e pepe' are brought to the table. This first course as simple as it is delicious, and consists of pasta, named “half sleeves” for their shape, served with the typical sauce of cacio cheese and pepper. The second course reveals the viterbese culture which our Cesarian has inherited from his mother’s side of the family. He served chianina meatballs, with wild fennel potatoes and lariano and saraceno wheat bread.

To finish, a dessert which brings us back to the Eternal city: tiramisù alla romana, made with local ricotta.
An original and exquisite variation, a wonderful way to round off this Taste Experience dedicated to Roman tradition.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Wheelchair-accessible

Cesarina's Reviews

Everything was excellent, but his ricottina alla tuscia and the bread he served with it were a real treat! And Massimo was a perfect host. We warmly recommend dining there.

Julie V.

Published 04/12/2017


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