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Le Cesarine

From Apulia to Campania: learning about 18th Century aristocratic cuisine

Napoli / Campania

La Cesarina

Neapolitan cuisine has ancient roots and has been influenced over the centuries by the various cultures that followed one another and dominated the city, particularly during the French and the Spanish rules.

Simonetta offers us dishes that bring the historical vicissitudes of the Neapolitan city to the table. Our Cesarina welcomes us into her beautiful home, and invites us to savor recipes of land and sea created with the flavors of excellent-quality local products.

The secret of the Cesarina

The sea is the voice of my heart, from the Adriatic to the Tyrrhenian Sea.


  • Gateau en croute
  • Ziti with King Ferdinand meat sauce
  • Corradina-style Meatballs
  • Sautéed Friarelli
  • Pastiera

Refined selection of local wines


Simonetta's Taste Experience is dedicated to dishes of aristocratic cuisine of 1700s. Starting with the appetizer: a refined 'gateau en croute', a rustic potato, cheese and ham pie. We will then continue with the first course: 'ziti' with King Ferdinand meat sauce, a rich dish that is believed to have been a favorite of Bourbon King Ferdinand II. Ziti are long-shaped pasta made from durum wheat, and are typically Neapolitan.

As a second course, Simonetta will bring Corrandina-style meatballs to the table, a recipe originating from aristocratic cuisine, accompanied by delicious sautéed 'friarelli' a delicious leafy green vegetable that is only found in the south of Italy. The meal will end on a sweet note with the queen of the Neapolitan pastry tradition: a 'pastiera' that Simonetta prepares according to her family recipe.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option


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