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Le Cesarine

Culinary magic of Montepulciano

Montepulciano / Toscana

La Cesarina

Barbara welcomes us to Montepulciano, an historic village nestled in the hills of the province of Siena. This typical medieval village is surrounded by three circular walls and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the area. If you see it for yourself, you'll soon understand why: the old town sprawls over a steep hill, adorned with stunning towers and steeples, while its square opens onto the breathtaking panorama of the Tuscan countryside.

Our Cesarina’s home encapsulates this charming atmosphere. Her beautiful wine cellar is home to dozens of aging bottles of local wine, and the rest of the apartment is warm and welcoming. It is here that Barbara serves us her local specialties; simple, but with sterling character and unforgettable taste. 

The secret of the Cesarina
How do I make my dishes so flavorful? With a touch of chili peppers and a dash of wine from my wine cellar


  • Savory tarts with local Cinta Senese cold cuts
  • Pici with aglione garlic
  • Rabbit "ad arrosto morto"
  • “Redone” cardoons
  • Cream of ricotta cheese of Valdorcia with honey and cinnamon

Refined selection of local wines


Barbara begins this journey into the flavors of the hills by serving up delicious savory pies with Cinta Senese pork cold cuts, made from a prized breed typical of Tuscany.

Next, the classic Pici pasta with Aglione garlic, a main course of peasant origin very similar to spaghetti. This kind of fresh pasta, traditionally prepared in the low province of Siena, is seasoned with a herb akin to garlic.

As a second course, our Cesarina offers rabbit “ad arrosto morto” which traslates literally as “roasted dead”. This is a wild dish, its curious name owing to the lengthy cooking time. The lean rabbit meat is browned slowly and then cooked with a glass of white wine, for a tender and flavoursome end result. As a side dish, Barbara serves "redone" cardoons, first boiled, then rolled in flour and beaten egg, fried and baked in a rich tomato sauce.

Finally, Barbara offers ricotta cream dessert from Valdorcia, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. This is a dessert to be savored, the ideal ending for this traditional Taste Experience.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Wheelchair-accessible


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