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Le Cesarine

Echoes of popular tradition of the Oltrarno quarter in Florence

Firenze / Toscana

La Cesarina

Claudia lives in the neighborhood of Santo Spirito in Oltrarno, a characteristic Florentine neighborhood of artisans, furniture restorers and antique dealers, rich in history and tradition.

The ancient palace dating to the 1700s, where her home is located, has retained its popular atmosphere: the architecture of this building is that of old-fashioned Florentine homes, with wooden ceilings, Tuscan terracotta floors and a romantic little terrace overlooking a picturesque courtyard. Claudia's love for traditional cuisine was born when she was a child, when she used to watch her grandparents and mother cooking.

The secret of the Cesarina
The recipes of my family originate from the culinary tradition of Renaissance Florence


• Salviata (sage omelette)
• Carabaccia Florentine Style
• Cuttlefish in zimino with Swiss chard
• Salt cod with leeks
• Wild herbs
• Lattaiolo

Refined selection of local wines


Claudia's dishes are of the ancient Florentine culinary tradition. This culinary voyage starts with a delectable appetizer, a 'salviata', which is a small omelette made with milk, eggs and sage leaves freshly picked from the kitchen garden. Next, a Florentine-style 'carabaccia', a delicious onion soup, whose distinctive taste originates from the ancient Medici recipe that includes almonds and cinnamon among its ingredients.

As a second course, we have a typical Tuscan dish: cuttlefish in 'zimino' with Swiss chard; the word "zimino" refers to the herb sauce used during cooking. The cuttlefish is followed by salt cod, prepared according to a precious family recipe: cooked with leeks and sprinkled with fresh chopped parsley at the end. The wild herbs that a local lady grows on her farm and sells at the local market of Santo Spirito are added as a side dish.

The sweet ending to the meal consists one last family recipe: 'lattaiolo', a type of milk-based custard, from the ancient Tuscan pastry school.


  • 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