Le Cesarine


  • Marinated anchovies
  • 'Tielle di polpo', pie with octopus and vegetables
  • Spaghetti alla Formiana (seafood pasta)
  • Fried 'paranza' seafood
  • Fruit salad
  • Cream and black cherries sweet pizza

Refined selection of local wines


We begin this Taste Experience in the beautiful Formia with a starter of marinated anchovies and octopus stew, which are specialities of the coast of Lazio. This recipe was originally eaten as an entire meal by farmers and fishermen in the times of Bourbon rule, which was put in two circles of pastry filled with seasonal vegetables and fish, for a result that is delicious to say the least.

For the first course, our Cesarina opts for spaghetti alla Formiana, a simple tomato sauce with parsley, clams and shrimp. Next we have fried fruits de mer, which pulls together all the delicious flavours of the sea in just one plate.

We finish on a sweet note with a final classic of local cuisine; a cream and black cherry pizza, a sweet shortcrust pastry dessert with a velvety cream filling, that is paired with a fresh seasonal fruit salad.


  • Participate in meal preparation

  • Vegetarian option

Formia is the pearl of the countryside of Tirreno, situated in the middle of the Gulf of Gaeta, and is a popular destination for Summer holidays. Ever since ancient times, this small town has attracted famous names such as Cicero, Nerva, Mamurra, Marziale and Horace. More recently, famous thinkers and writers such as Goethe and Stendhal have enjoyed the wonderful local wines, the scent of citrus fruits on the breeze, and its culinary heritage. “I am fascinated by my city and its history and poetry. It was my mother who taught me to love my local cuisine,” Mariella tells us.  Her curiosity has taken her on many journeys, but coming home is always a welcome pleasure, and every time she comes back to her hometown, it gives her a new chance to dedicate her time to her true passion: cooking.

Mariella welcomes us into her home, which in perfect harmony with the rich classical style of the residents of ancient times.  In this wonderful setting, she shows us her roots through various recipes clearly influenced by Neapolitan culinary traditions, which is a direct consequence of the Bourbon rule at the end of the 18th century.

The secret of the Cesarina
I learned how to pay attention to the seasonality of our garden produce from my mother, as well as from my local traditions throughout the year. I’ve always learnt how to adapt my ‘menu’ according to the time of year and local traditions.

Cesarine at home

This Cesarina is also available to organize a taste Experience at your accomodation

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