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Le Cesarine

Face to face with Tuscan traditional cuisine

Montepulciano / Toscana

La Cesarina

Barbara welcomes us to Montepulciano, an historic village nestled in the hills of the province of Siena. This typical medieval village is surrounded by three circular walls and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the area. If you see it for yourself, you'll soon understand why: the old town sprawls over a steep hill, adorned with stunning towers and steeples, while its square opens onto the breathtaking panorama of the Tuscan countryside.

Our Cesarina’s home encapsulates this charming atmosphere. Her beautiful wine cellar is home to dozens of aging bottles of local wine, and the rest of the apartment is warm and welcoming. It is here that Barbara serves us her local specialties; simple, but with sterling character and unforgettable taste. 

The secret of the Cesarina
How do I make my dishes so flavorful? With a touch of chili peppers and a dash of wine from my wine cellar


  • Savory tarts with local cured meats of Cinta Senese
  • Pici with aglione aglione garlic
  • Chianina meatballs with herbs
  • Sautéed zucchini with mint leaves
  • Sweet cream of ricotta cheese of Valdorcia with fresh fruit and pistachio nuts

Refined selection of local wines


To begin this journey through the flavors of the Tuscan hills, Barbara opts for Savory Pies with Cinta Senese cold cuts, made from a prized pig breed typical of the area.

Next, the classic Pici with Aglione garlic are brought to the table, a first course of peasant origin very similar to spaghetti. This kind of fresh pasta, traditionally used just in the low province of Siena, is seasoned with a garlic-like herb. As a second course, our Cesarina serves Chianina beef meatballs, a delicious dish that combines the tender beef with the delicate taste of herbs. This is an intense pairing that Barbara serves together with the equally delicious sautéed zucchini with mint, an exquisite flavour combination.  

Finally, a delicious dessert to conclude this Taste Experience in search of Tuscan tradition. Our Cesarina serves a delicious sweet ricotta cream from Valdorcia, topped with a sprinkling of pistachios and accompanied by fresh seasonal fruit.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • 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