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Le Cesarine

Discovering the Secret of Traditional Sicilian Vegetables

Palermo / Sicilia

La Cesarina

Antonella lives in the centre of Palermo, leading a busy life as a mother of six and a housewife. She loves delighting her family with her wonderful Sicilian cooking, experimenting with new flavours and colours, whilst at the same time staying true to the ancient traditions of the island’s cuisine. Antonella’s cooking reflects her deep respect for the island’s colourful identity, which is largely due to its position as a ‘crossroads’ between the Eastern and Western worlds. Sicily, over thousands of years, has been ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans, forming a truly multicultural identity. There’s no better place to learn about this fascinating and unique culture than at the table, where ancient traditions live on through family recipes. Antonella can’t wait to welcome you into her home for a taste of the real Sicily!

The secret of the Cesarina

"I love discovering new flavours whilst respecting my local traditions."


  • “Pasta chi tinnirumi” Pasta with fresh vegetables: courgettes, potatoes, tomatoes, onion and rice
  • “Sarde a sfinciuni” sardines in tomato sauce topped with breadcrumbs, herbs, cheese and anchovies
  • Fresh seasonal vegetables
  • Gelo di limone and lemon ‘baci di dama’ biscuits

Refined selection of local wines


The secret to this menu, Antonella tells us, is imagination. She takes simple, traditional dishes and adds her own unique touch to make them truly special. The other secret is, of course, the unbeatable quality and flavour of local Sicilian ingredients. Antonella begins with a starter of “Pasta chi tinnirumi”, with courgettes, potatoes, tomatoes, onion and rice, a wonderful mixture of textures bursting with fresh and light flavours. Next, she serves “sarde a sfinciuni”, fresh sardines in a light tomato sauce, covered with pecorino cheese, oregano, parsley, olive oil, breadcrumbs, and anchovies. On the side, fresh vegetables (potatoes, carrots, courgettes, tomatoes, aubergines and onion). Finally, to round off the Taste Experience, she serves one of Sicily’s most iconic exports, the lemon, with a Sicilian classic: gelo di limone, a frozen dessert made with fresh lemons, with lemon-flavoured ‘baci di dama’ biscuits.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • 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