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Le Cesarine

Pure happiness in a kitchen on the Venetian Plain

Saonara / Veneto

La Cesarina

Marilena has fun in the kitchen, and you can taste her passion in her cooking. Our Cesarina doesn't cook for herself, but for others, to see the look of pure satisfaction on her guests’ faces.

Marilena has lived in Sicily, Puglia and Veneto. She has maintained a deep connection with these areas, and the three souls of their cuisines can be found in her cooking: the refined cooking inspired by Sicily, the typical Mediterranean cooking linked to the Apulian tradition and, finally, the full-bodied flavours of the Venetian Plain, all of which all add to the Taste Experience's unique character. 

The secret of the Cesarina
My version of frittole? Stuffed with homemade Treviso radicchio jam and sour cream.


  • Mixture of horse meat cold cuts and fresh Asiago cheese
  • Risotto with shredded horse meat
  • Peasant-style guinea fowl
  • Vegetables au gratin
  • Frittole

Refined selection of local wines


The area east of the city of Padua, including the area of Saonara, where Marilena lives, renouned for its top-quality horse meat and cold cuts. Our Cesarina serves a selection of these as an appetizer for her guests, accompanied by a typical Venetian cheese, Asiago.

To follow, we enter into the heart of Marilena’s culinary heritage: rice with pulled horse meat, a robust and hearty dish. The distinctively lean and tender meat is salted, dried and smoked before being shredded by hand. Next, the peasant-style guinea fowl dish which is a staple on the tables of Padua and Verona, which are simmered with garlic, bay leaves, sage and rosemary, adding tomato and lemon juice in as per family tradition. The guinea fowl is served with a vegetable gratin with lemon sauce.

The Taste Experience ends with frittole, a dessert typical of the Venetian carnival tradition, made from raisins and pine nuts, and filled with homemade Treviso radicchio jam and sour cream. Buon appetito!


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • 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