Perugia dominates the Tiber valley from a rugged, uneven hill. Giuliana welcomes us to this city rich in art and history, right in the middle of central Italy. Our Cesarina’s home is on one of the hills that surrounds the historical centre, halfway between the residential area and the countryside. Her beautiful little villa has the advantage of being inside the city walls yet immersed in a green oasis: a combination which brings together the antique charm of Perugian urban art with the healthy air Giuliana could breathe on the family’s small farms.
Our Cesarina welcomes us into this splendid setting, ready to show us the typical dishes of the Umbrian tradition. This tradition delves its roots into this area’s history: the land was originally Etruscan, then Roman, then under Bizantine control and finally dominated by the papal state. A melting pot of civilizations which has forged a simple, but delicious food culture, which you can still find today on tables all across Umbria.
The secret of the Cesarina
I roll out dough using my family rolling pin, which is over one-hundred years old: a symbol of the Umbran culinary tradition.