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Le Cesarine

Fiorentina, Tuscany's most iconic dish

Capraia e Limite / Toscana

La Cesarina

"I live in the hills, in the village of Castra. Time still moves slowly here, and we can often hear the sound of horses' hooves clopping through the streets of our village, or the tranquil lapping of the River Arno."

Rossana welcomes us into her home, nestled in the rolling Tuscan hills not far from Florence. This is wonderful land, where man and nature have been rubbing along together since ancient times. From the Bronze Age to the Etruscans, the Romans to the Lombards, a whole range of civilizations has passed through these parts, leaving many signs of their presence. To this day we can admire the Montereggi Archaeological Park, the remains of the Castello walls, the rocca and the alleyways, Villa Bibbiani and its Parco Romantico.

It is home to a rich and fascinating history that is clear in the kitchen as well. This is a culinary tradition of peasant origins, which our Cesarina brings to the table in the form of genuine and appetizing recipes.

The secret of the Cesarina
In the hills, time flows slowly, and this allows us to better appreciate nature and her bounty.


  • Tuscan crostini and crostini topped with lard
  • Leek tartlets
  • Florentine T-bone steak
  • Green beans with an oil and vinegar dressing
  • Grilled vegetables
  • 'Torta della nonna' (grandma's cake) 

Refined selection of local wines


Rossana begins this Tuscan Taste Experience with a delicous antipasto of crostini, toasted bread topped with lard or cavolo nero, and a platter of bite-sized leek tartlets.

Next, she serves the Florence’s symbolic dish, the Fiorentina. This succulent veal or beef steak, cooked to perfection by our Cesarina over her wood-fired grill. It is served with boiled green beans and seasonal vegetables; the perfect accompaniment for the meat.

For dessert, Rossana serves a classic ‘torta della nonna’, an indulgent tart made from layers of shortcrust pastry filled with rich crème pâtissière.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • 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