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Le Cesarine

Celebrating Bologna's finest flavours

Bologna / Emilia-Romagna

La Cesarina

Imagine Bologna in the late 1500s, with its jostling skyline of towers, elegant porticos and splendid renaissance buildings. Here, in Giancarlo’s apartment, it feels like you’re taking a step into the past. Our Cesarino lives right in the town centre, in a stunning 1500s building with original floors and ceilings that date back hundreds of years, filled with vintage furniture. 

Here, in this unique setting, Giancarlo is here to guide you through the traditions of ancient Bolognese cuisine. As a passionate traveller and wine expert, he has been nurturing a passion for his local cuisine for a long time, which “turns humble food into a true art form”. 


  • Eggplant with balsamic vinegar
  • Tagliatelle pasta with ragù sauce
  • Cotoletta (breaded cutlet) alla bolognese
  • Tomatoes au gratin or sautéed vegetables
  • Ricotta cake with zabaione cream

Refined selection of local wines


In Emilia, balsamic vinegar goes with just about anything; meat dishes, fish, on Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and even in desserts! Would it be possible to leave balsamic vinegar's rich, complex sweetness out of a bolognese starter? Absolutely not! Giancarlo serves up a mouthwatering starter of eggplants in balsamic vinegar for you to enjoy. 

Next we have an absolute classic of Bolognese cuisine, which is unmissable for any food lover passing through the city: tagliatelle al ragù. This dish is as much a symbol of Bologna as the Due Torri or its wide porticoed streets. And if the perfect marriage of fresh egg pasta and Bologna's trademark sauce weren't enough to tempt you, just wait until the second course... Giancarlo serves up a 'cotoletta alla bolognese, a veal cutlet topped with prosciutto and an abundant layer of parmigiano reggiano cheese. This is a feast for the eyes and the stomach, and is accompanied by gratinated tomatoes and sautéed vegetables. 

To round off the Taste Experience, we have another delight; Giancarlo presents us with a fresh and delicate ricotta and zabaione cream cake. What a treat!


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

Cesarina's Reviews


A very interesting dinner, Giancarlo is a well-traveled guy and he had so much to talk about. His flat is stunning and so was the food. 

Johnny Armstrong from San Francisco

Published 16/08/2017


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