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Le Cesarine

Her majesty the Torta di Riso, at the court of Reggio Emilia

Rubiera / Emilia Romagna

La Cesarina

Rubiera is a small town in the province of Reggio Emilia. Located in the Po Valley, this medieval town still preserves traces of its imposing walls built in 1200 for defensive purposes.

In Rubiera, as in all the land of Emilia, cuisine is a cult. In each home, on the occasion of celebrations and anniversaries, you will find cappelletti in broth, green or yellow pumpkin tortelli prepared according to ancient family recipes. The local dishes are derived from Reggio Emilia and Modena: Maria Cristina and Rosetta interpret this grafting of the two culinary traditions, presenting some of the most typical local recipes once again.

The secret of the Cesarina
In Rubiera, as in all the land of Emilia, cuisine is a cult.


  • Erbazzone reggiano with stria and parmigiano shavings with aceto balsamico
  • Bomba di riso ("rice bomb" casserole) 
  • Roast rabbit with caremellised baby onions
  • Roast potatoes 
  • Green salad
  • Torta di riso or zuppa inglese

Refined selection of local wines


Maria Cristina's Taste Experience is a voyage through the flavors of Reggio Emilia's cuisine. We start with the antipasto, a typical savory cake from Reggio Emilia, known as 'erbazzone', a specialty made up of a pasta base (called the Fuiada) and filled with a mixture of chard, eggs, shallots, garlic and Parmigiano-Reggiano, with lard or pieces of pancetta. 

Next comes the true protagonist of this Taste Experience: the bomba di riso ("rice bomb"), a traditional recipe from Reggio Emilia, is a rice casserole baked in the oven and filled with prosciutto, meat and cheese; it is a showstopper of a dish, served with porcini mushrooms and an Emilian-style ragù.

For the second course, the Cesarine serves a delicious roast rabbit with caramellised baby onions, accompanied by roast potatoes and a fresh green salad.

To finish, rice returns once again with this popular Emilian dessert: the tortino di riso (little rice cake), made from a base of eggs, milk and Sassolino liqueur. Alternatively, you can choose another classic favourite - sponge cake with zuppa inglese custard.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Wheelchair-accessible


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