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Le Cesarine

Down by the calm waters of the River Po

Ficarolo / Veneto

La Cesarina

Ficcarolo is a small country town which lies on the River Po bank. It is a border land, where Veneto, Lombardia and Emilia Romagna regions meet. The passing of time here is very much linked with the great river, a vital resource for the town and at the same time a breathtaking scenario. You just have to climb the river bank few meters away from our Cesarina’s house to enjoy a magnificent spectacle, especially at sunset.

Sonia welcomes us to this tranquil rural setting, opening the doors to her splendid small villa. In the living room, tastefully decorated and characterized by a lovely checked floor, we can taste the dishes typical of the local tradition. We are on the Venetian bank of the River Po, under the Rovigo province, but Ficcarolo is also influences by its other close surroundings: Ferrara, Mantova, Verona and Padova. “It is easy to understand that being at the centre of all these provinces our culinary tradition is incredibly varied - our Cesarina explains - Over time we have acquired many recipes, and today our menu includes dishes which come from different yet very close territories”.

The secret of the Cesarina
I use a mix of aromatic herbs I grow in my vegetable garden to season my dishes: sage, marjoram, time, fennel, anise and rosemary


  • Sardines in saòr
  • Sea snails
  • Bigoli al torchio pasta with Serdele sauce
  • Schie (small shrimps) with fried polenta slices and fried acquadelle (sand smelt fish)
  • Tiramisù

Refined selection of local wines


On the Venetian bank of the River Po, Sonia welcomes us to her home with a great classic of her regional cuisine. Sardine 'in saòr', a delicious starter which ties together the salty fish with a bittersweet onion and vinegar marinade. And it’s not over yet: the starter continues with succulent sea snails, a delicacy to be carefully savoured and eaten with a toothpick. Now for the best part, the 'scarpetta', which is the Italian term for mopping up the remaining sauce on the plate with bread.

The first course remains strictly in the Venetian tradition. Sonia offers us 'bigoli al torchio in salsa de Serdele', a variety of pasta similar to thick spaghetti with a seafood sauce. For the second course, she relies on 'schie with polentine' and fried 'acquadelle': small shrimps with distinctive polenta slices and sand smelt, which is a fish typically found in the Adriatic sea. 

To finish: tiramisù, a dessert that is believed to have origings in the Veneto region. The aromatic coffee soaks irresistably into savoiardi biscuits, before being smothered in creamy mascarpone cheese and scattered with chocolate shavings. It's a real delight of the senses, and is the perfect way to round off the Taste Experience.


  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • 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