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Le Cesarine

Fine cooking and fine art in Bologna

Bologna / Emilia-Romagna

La Cesarina

Leda and Giuseppina welcome us into their beautiful apartment just outside the walls of Bologna. Their home is full of art and antique furniture that Leda’s parents collected over the years. The walls are also decorated with Leda’s own artwork, as she loves to paint on her summer holidays, which she usually spends in Greece.

Their passion for cooking spans back to childhood, when they would help their grandmothers make the Sunday lunch, a time of the week when the whole family comes together around the table. Their mothers, and shelves of cookery books have also helped Leda and Giuseppina to hone their skills. They both work in a medical research laboratory, and their professions have led them to contribute to publications that encourage healthy eating.


  • Summer vegetable carpaccio with roquette and pine nuts
  • Tortelloni pasta with a ricotta and spinach filling, served in sage butter
  • Cotoletta ‘alla petroniana’
  • Friggione alla bolognese
  • Gelato with a reduction of Modena balsamic vinegar

Refined selection of local wines


We begin this Taste Experience with a fresh antipasto; summer vegetable carpaccio, topped with roquette and pine nuts.

For the first course, Leda and Giuseppina serve delicious tortelloni, homemade fresh egg pasta with a ricotta and spinach filling. They are served in a simple butter and sage leaf sauce. Next, we have ‘cotoletta alla petroniana’, otherwise known as ‘alla bolognese’. A fillet of veal is breaded and fried, and is topped with Parma ham and Parmigiano cheese shards whilst still in the pan. The heat melts it all together into an absolutely delicious dish. On the side, we have another staple of Bolognese cuisine, the ‘friggione’. This is a sauce made with white onion and peeled tomatoes, which is slow-cooked for a decadently creamy consistency.

For dessert, Leda and Giuseppina serve gelato ‘alla crema’ with a balsamic vinegar reduction drizzled over the top. This is an unexpected but delicious touch that rounds off the Taste Experience perfectly.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Wheelchair-accessible

Cesarina's Reviews

Wow! What a great dinner we had. These lovely ladies were so sweet and made us yummy food. I really liked the mortadella mousse - going to try and make it at home… thank you for a fun evening. 

Susanne Fischer from Berlin

Published 27/08/2017


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