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Le Cesarine

I dreamt of a dinner at the gates of Brianza

Paderno Dugnano / Lombardia

La Cesarina

Patrizia welcomes us in her home in Paderno Dugnano, a municipality at the doors of Brianza, a zone included between the province in the North of Milan and the Lecco-Como Lake.

The gastronomy in Brianza has a sober nature, it proposes dishes and preparations that come from a mixture of simple ingredients, from traditional farming customs. A cuisine made of sturdy, nourishing and cheap dishes, which Patrizia preserves passing down some of the most characteristic recipes.

The secret of the Cesarina
My country preserves the culinary traditions of Brianza


  • Homemade delicate zola cheese plait, Nervetti alla milanese, Brianza salami
  • Saffron and luganega rice in a Parmesan cheese wafer
  • Terrin of rabbit meat with bittersweet onions and currant
  • Rustic cake

Refined selection of local wines


Our Cesarina proposes some of the most typical dishes and products in the Lombard tradition. Her Taste Experience begins with a homemade zola cheese plait, with delicate Gorgonzola cheese. Next, delicious Nervetti alla Milanese, which were sold in taverns in the oldern days to satisfy hungry travellers. 

The appetizer finishes off with a rich board of cold-cuts, with typical Italian salami from Brianza. As a main course, a well-known classic of the Lombard cuisine: saffron and luganega rice, Monza's typical sausage, with a Parmesan cheese wafer.  As a second course, rabbit with pickled onions and currants, served in a refined terrine.

Last, a rustic cake, a typical dessert in Brianza, that has its origins in the farming tradition and has many variations. It is also known as bread cake or, in the local dialect, “michelacc”, that is “mica” and “lacc” which translates as "bread and milk".


  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

Cesarina's Reviews


It was a great pleasure at Patrizia's place! She's a very easy going,nice,and hearty woman.Other than that the dinner was absolutely awesome!

Me,my wife and the other couple we brought with us were simply amazed by all the dishes that Patrizia patiently cooked for us.

She also explained to us every step about the cooking,in fact teaching us how to make it,making it looks easy.

I hope i can repeat this experience,and eat this good anytime soon!



Rob Macdonald from Edinburgh

Published 20/11/2017


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