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Le Cesarine

In the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica: a passion handed down by grandpa Cesare

Roma / Lazio

La Cesarina

“When I would come home, my grandfather Cesare would say, ‘you have no idea what I’ve brought you!’ For me, those words rang like a gift: dinner-time was approaching. Before cooking, my grandfather would put on a white apron and select the ingredients: he would turn on the burners and suddenly the kitchen would be filled with the scent of cooking, and everyone would start getting hungry”.

Our guide Germano, who today lives in the enchanting capital, Rome, in a splendid apartment in the shadow of the famous St. Peter’s Basilica, tells us about himself in this way.

He pleasantly recalls his first steps in the kitchen when he would help his mother in the kitchen at a young age. “Christmas, Easter, each event was celebrated around our dining table and, like every Italian family, we would talk about food while we ate”.

The secret of the Cesarina
The secret to a chicken Roman style chicken? Be… quick!


  • Crostini with chicken giblets
  • Grandpa Cesare’s carbonara pasta
  • Roman-style chicken
  • Puntarelle
  • Sour cherry pie

Refined selection of local wines


For his Taste Experience, Germano draws inspiration from his childhood memories, starting with the antipasto: crostini with chicken giblets, a paté of chicken livers and hearts served seasoned with parmesan and nutmeg, a family recipe that was handed down to him by his grandmother.

The first course is instead a homage to typical Roman cuisine: grandpa Cesare’s carbonara pasta, a traditional dish based on classic ingredients: pasta, egg, guanciale (pork cheek), pecorino cheese and pepper.

As a second course, Germano serves Roman-style chicken, a simple recipe whose secret lies in being able to prepare it quickly, flash-frying the pieces of free-range chicken with prosciutto, garlic and Roman mint. The chicken is accompanied by a puntarelle salad, the Roman vegetable 'par excellence'.

To finish off, we have an aromatic visciole cherry pie.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Wheelchair-accessible

Cesarina's Reviews

Il pranzo a casa di Germano è stata davvero un’esperienza unica.
Non solo per gli ottimi piatti che ci ha cucinato ma soprattutto per la sua ospitalità e per la piacevolezza della conversazione. I racconti sulla passione culinaria della sua famiglia, infatti, ci hanno davvero fatto sentire come a casa.
Senza dimenticare il fascino di mangiare a pochi metri della Basilica di San Pietro.

Susanna K. from Milano

Published 09/09/2017


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