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Le Cesarine

Layers of flavour in the Chianti hills

Castellina in Chianti / Toscana

La Cesarina

Virna welcomes us into her home in Castellina in Chianta, a small town that dates back to the Etruscan era, high in the Chianti hills. Virna’s typical Tuscan house sits harmoniously with the local flora and fauna. This beautiful setting, home to the famous Gallo Nero vineyards, our Cesarina dedicates her life to her two greatest passions: cooking and horses.

Virna loves spending her free time making fruit conserves, preserving vegetables in olive oil, plum tomato confit, caramellised figs and brandied cherries, as well as any other delicious treats from her partner’s garden.

The secret of the Cesarina

My old-fashioned woodburning oven is my secret weapon when it comes to roasts, ragù sauce and stews – particularly in the winter.


  • Toasted bread topped with chicken liver and spleen
  • Pumpkin, sausage and gorgonzola lasagna
  • Beef stew with artichokes
  • Broccoli pie with a Parmigiano cheese sauce
  • Chocolate and pear tart

Refined selection of local wines


We start this Taste Experience in the Chianti hills with a delicious starter of ‘crostini neri’, toasted bread topped with a chicken liver and spleen paté. Next, Virna serves a sumptuous twist on the classic lasagne, prepared with squash, sausage, and a rich gorgonzola sauce.

For the second course, VIrna opts for a beef and artichoke stew. She uses a cut of beef known as the ‘sorra’ that is wonderfully tender and full of flavour. The stew is accompanied by a side of delicate broccoli pies drizzled with Parmesan sauce, for a gourmet finish.

To round off the Taste Experience, we have an irresistibly moist pear and chocolate cake, dusted with cocoa powder.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Pet-friendly home


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