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Le Cesarine

Discovering the flavours of Sicilian cuisine

Catania / Sicilia

La Cesarina

It is often said that every house has a soul, and that just looking inside says a thousand words about who lives there, and Flavia and Antonio's appartment is no exception to the rule. They live in a grand 18th century building in Catania's historical centre, surrounded by books, paintings and shelves of souvenirs and family heirlooms that tell their whole story. Just having a look around, you feel like you already know this outgoing couple. 

Antonio is Sicilian, and his family has lived in Sicily for generations, whilst Flavia is originally from Naples but lives in Rome. Today, the pair want to show you the traditional cuisine from west Sicily, with exquisite recipes and fresh local produce. 

The secret of the Cesarina
We love traditional Sicilian flavours, and we spend a lot of time reading to dig up old recipes


  • Salad with oranges and anchovies
  • Timbale of “capellini”
  • Swordfish rolls or meat rolls Messinese style (according to the season)
  • Courgettes with honey
  • Cake with the Bronte pistachio

Refined selection of local wines


The starter that kicks off this Taste Experience sums up classic Sicilian flavour combinations - an orange and anchovy salad, which unites the classic flavours of citrus fruits and the sea, enriched by celery hearts and spices.

Next comes a much-loved classic of local cuisine; our Cesarina couple serves up a timbale of capellini (very thin pasta, which literally translates as “little hairs”), a family recipe passed down through the generations, which is usually prepared on special occasions. Depending on the season, Antonio and Flavia propose two types of ‘involtini’, or roulades. In Summer, swordfish roulades, and in Winter, exquisite “Messina-style” meat roulades, topped with breadcrumbs and cheese. As a side dish, a combination that is both delicious and original - courgettes in honey.

Finally, the pride of the local area - Bronte pistachios. The West coast of Sicily is renowned for its pistacchio production, due to its rich volcanic soil. Antonio and Flavia prepare an elegant and delicate pistacchio cake to showcase this fine ingredient.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English


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