Chiara welcomes us into her luminous home in Ristagno, which has a fabulous view over the Bolognese hills. Immersed in the green countryside, this small town on top of the wide valley between the Savena and Zena rivers. It is less than half an hour away from the winding porticoes of Bologna.
Our Cesarina, a working professional, has always been a passionate cook in her spare time. This is a passion that has grown with the years thanks to her dedication and various cookery courses. “I still remember, when I was just a little girl, that I would watch my mother and grandmother making lasagne and tortellini at Christmas time. It was fascinating!” Chiara tells us, “I felt like a magician’s assistant when I helped them in the kitchen.” Even today, together with her partner Antonio, she often dedicates her time to making traditional, old-fashioned dishes – with a modern touch, of course!
The secret of the Cesarina
I have a wonderful pasta cutter which I use especially for making tortellini and tortelloni: it gives you regularly-sized squared and makes them easier to close. It also saves time as it cuts several rows of pasta in a single stroke!