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Le Cesarine

Flavours of Ancient Rome

Roma / Lazio

La Cesarina

Maria Carla greets us in the breathtaking countryside of Lazio, near the gates of Rome. Her beautiful villa may be far from the chaos of the city centre, but just looking around this area you can still see reminders of the colourful history of Rome; something that our Cesarina knows very well, since her great passion (aside from cooking, of course) is Roman History.

“My dinners give you a real ‘guided tour’ experience”, says Maria Carla, “I always try to accompany the meal with explanations and anecdotes about the eating habits of the Ancient Romans, especially the most well-known ones”. Dining at Maria Carla’s plunges you head first into the Eternal City’s culture, and you’ll appreciate both the flavours and the story behind them.

The secret of the Cesarina
My dinners give you a real ‘guided tour’ experience. I always try to accompany the meal with explanations and anecdotes about the eating habits of the Ancient Romans


  • Eggs with olives (a classic starter in ancient Roman banquets)
  • Libum con salsa Moretum (Catone's bread with ricotta plus sauce containing pecorino and ruta)
  • Chickpea and leek pots
  • Wine: Mulsum (wine simmered with honey)
Prima mensa:
  • Haedina sive agnina (Roast lamb from Apicio's recipe)
  • Siligeneus bread (home-made white bread cooked in a wood-fired stove)
  • Side salad
  • Wine: Falerno del Massico D.O.P.
Secunda mensa: 
  • Cassata di Oplonti
  • Wine: Vino Moscato d'Asti DOCG

Refined selection of local wines


Maria Carla takes us on a journey through the culinary traditions of Ancient Rome. This Taste Experience opens with a “gustatio” an egg and olive starter typical in roman banquets, with ‘libum con salsa Moretum’ (a white flour bread accompanied by a pecorino and rue sauce) as well as little pots of chickpeas and leeks. All of this is, of course, accompanied by a fine wine.

Next is the “prima mensa”, delicious roast lamb cooked according to a recipe traditional in Apicio, cooked in a fish sauce. As an accompaniment, our Cesarina prepares Siligeneus, a home-made white bread cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Lastly, dessert - or rather, “seconda menda” as Maria Carla likes to say. This is a Cassata Oplontis straight from ancient Pompeii, a cake made from ricotta, honey and fuit. It’s simply delicious, and brings our ancient Taste Experience to the perfect end.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • Pet-friendly home

Cesarina's Reviews

Ottima cena, allietata dai commenti della padrona di casa che ci intratteneva con simpatiche descrizioni

storiche dei piatti che aveva preparato. Anche la scelta dei vini dimostra l’attenzione con cui la sig.ra M.

Carla elabora il menu. La raccomandiamo caldamente.

Francesca M.

Published 08/10/2017


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