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Le Cesarine

Cooking: a passion born from love

Firenze / Toscana

La Cesarina

We are on the outskirts of Florence in the Porta Romana neighborhood, a historic place in which even today the streets are crowded with artisanal shops. Here, when Giovanni welcomes us, even the objects and the walls of his home seem to have ancient stories to tell.

Our Guide divides his time between two great passions: on the one hand his work, the restauration of paintings, and on the other the love for good cuisine. To the question about where his passion was born, he responds: “as in all things in life, it was born from love stories”. At his table, the Lunigiana are served, simple and tasty dishes from his land of origin, as well as traditional recipes from the city of Florence. For Giovanni, cooking represents a way to feel good with others, sharing the pleasure of good food.

The secret of the Cesarina
My passion for cooking was born of a love story


  • Crostini with chicken livers (with paté or tomato)
  • Testaroli pasta with basil pesto
  • Oven roasted Scamerita
  • Turnip tops or pan-fried chard
  • Pear cake

Refined selection of local wines


Giovanni  carefully sources the ingredients for his Taste Experience in his own neighborhood. His dishes are an homage to Tuscan cuisine, whose tradition is born from “poor” cooking, in which bread plays a leading role. He thus presents us with crostini toasts as an antipasto, to be enjoyed in the winter with a rich liver paté, and in the summer with fresh tomatoes 'au gratin' with capers and Tuscan pecorino cheese.

The first course is an authentic interpretation of a traditional dish from Carrara: the 'testaroli', diamond-shaped pasta that Giovanni serves with an aromatic basil pesto. As a second course, we have roast pork Scamerita, accompanied by delicate turnip tops or pan-fried chard, depending on the season.

To round off the Taste Experience, he brings us a sweet browned pear cake with a soft heart.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option


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