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Le Cesarine

Culinary arts, in the center of Bologna

Bologna / Emilia Romagna

La Cesarina

Mario Antonio hails from a small town in the province of Lecce, and now, after years of living and working in Bologna, it is safe to say that he is completely Bolognese. Our Cesarino initially gained experience in the kitchens of Reggio Emilia while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, working in renowned restaurants in Bologna. Since childhood, he has always had a real love for cooking, and unlike his brothers, he was the only one willing to wake up at dawn to knead the bread dough with his grandmother.

Perhaps, due to the valuable culinary traditions that the family has passed down over the years, his love of art has given way to that for the kitchen. At his home in the center of Bologna, Mario has set up a kitchen of medieval flavor, with stone dishes and hand-carved clay bowls. His kitchen is rich in details, such as the magnificent collection of glasses, some very old, inherited from many restaurateur friends and family.

The secret of the Cesarina
As a child, I liked to get up at dawn to help my grandmother knead the bread dough


  • Carpaccio of zucchini (lemon, salt, pepper, parmesan and arugula)
  • Imperial soup
  • Boiled meat with green sauce and chutney from Cremona
  • Radicchio or boiled garden cress
  • Rice cake pudding with cream
  • Homemade Bread and bread sticks

Refined selection of local wines


Bologna is famous for its cuisine and Mario, a skilled Cesarino, in his house in the heart of the historical center, prepares us some of the most typical dishes. As a starter, a carpaccio of zucchini with a scattering of Parmesan cheese shavings and arugula.

The first course, Imperial Soup, originates directly from traditional Bolognese cuisine, a nutritious dish that consists of a good hot broth, flavoured using a dough made from a mixture of semolina, eggs and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. For the second course, Mario uses locally-sourced meat, which is boiled and served with traditional chutney, accompanied, according to the season, by radicchio or by boiled garden cress.

Every dish is accompanied by bread and breadsticks homemade by our Cesarino. This authentic Taste Experience is rounded off by a rice pudding with cream, lightly flavored with citrus.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Wheelchair-accessible

Cesarina's Reviews

 This was so interesting and unique, it was really reassuring to have an expert local to teach me the secrets of Bologna’s food! Not only was Mario Antonio funny and kind, he’s also a true chef and passed his passion for cooking onto all of us... even my fussy twelve year old! 

Lisa Black from Holly Springs, Mississippi

Published 08/03/2017


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