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Le Cesarine

Delicacies from the Molise region, from caponata to ferratelle

Ferrazzano / Molise

La Cesarina

Franca welcomes us into her house in Ferrazzano, an ancient settlement that is spread out over the hills around Campobasso, the regional capital of Molise. Franca’s village is on a hill surrounded by beautiful pine forests, and there is a breathtaking panorama from its peak, which overlooks the Mainarde and Matese mountains, with glimpses of the Majella Maiella mountain range and the city of Campobasso.

Our Cesarina is keen to guide you through the flavours of the stunning Molise region. Her local cuisine is particularly rich and varied, with influences from the surrounding regions of Abruzzo, Campania and Puglia. In this Taste Experience, you will also sample one of the culinary treasures of Franca’s town, ‘insaccati’ sausages.


  • Molise-style caponata
  • Taccozze pasta with tomato sauce
  • Breaded salted cod with a side of bell peppers
  • Ferratelle wafers

Refined selection of local wines


Our journey through the flavours of the Molise region begins with a typical caponata; Franca serves a plate of homemade taratelli with a fresh accompaniment of boiled egg, tomato, bell peppers, anchovies, celery and cucumber. This delightful starter is the perfect opening for the meal.

Next, Franca serves ‘taccozze’, which is a dish of durum wheat pasta with fresh and flavoursome tomatoes. Then, we have a plate of delicious breaded salt cod, which is baked and then cooked ‘au gratin’, and is accompanied by stuffed peppers and raisins.

To finish, Franca serves the local speciality Ferratelle, which are similar to waffles and cooked in a special iron press, giving them their charactaristic diamond shape.


  • Vegetarian option

  • 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