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Le Cesarine

Countryside flavors

Capocolle di Bertinoro / Emilia Romagna

La Cesarina

Monica welcomes us in Capocolle di Bertinoro, at the foot of the first pleating of the Appenines, in the middle of the hinterland of Romagna. Some years ago, she decided to move to this little country village together with her husband and her daughter, leaving the nearby town of Forlì.

Teacher and interpreter of the English language, she spends most of her spare time cooking. This is her way of keeping a link to her past, because cooking has always been a family tradition. Monica is particularly inspired by her grandmother, who was the first to show her the secrets of their regional cuisine. Every time she starts cooking, or opens the little notebooks carefully kept by her mother, it is like a taking a step back in time. The tastes of times gone by bring back happy memories of her adolescence, and the Cesarina is deeply commited to keeping these alive. 

The secret of the Cesarina
I cook as my Grandmother taught me: dishes that satisfy the stomach and warm the heart


  • Fried piadina with squacquerone cheese, withered sausage and candied figs
  • Spoja lorda
  • Stew with potatoores
  • Baked onions
  • Variety of homemade bread
  • Sweet peaches

Refined selection of local wines


Sitting at Monica’s table takes you on a journey through the heart of the Romagna hinterland. Her family’s cuisine, passed down from generation to generation, brings together the most typical flavors of these lands... And we don't have to wait long to see the proof. Monica's Taste Experience starts off with a dish that is symbolic of the region: the fried piadina, to be enjoyed with dried sausage, candied figs and, of course, with squacquerone, the typical cheese of Romagna.

For the first course, Monica serves “spoja lorda”. These little squares of puff pastry have a ricotta cheese, egg and parmesan filling and are cooked in broth. Next comes an inviting beef stew with potatoes: Monica's stew is enriched with a base of onions, tomatoes and diced potato. All is served with baked onions and homemade bread.

We finish off with sweet peaches in Alchermes. A tray of pink 'bignè' filled with custard and chocolate, covered by caster sugar, whose intensely traditional flavours transport us back in time. 


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • 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