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Le Cesarine

Step back in time to 16th Century Bologna

Bologna / Emilia-Romagna

La Cesarina

Imagine Bologna in the late 1500s, with its jostling skyline of towers, elegant porticos and splendid renaissance buildings. Here, in Giancarlo’s apartment, it feels like you’re taking a step into the past. Our Cesarino lives right in the town centre, in a stunning 1500s building with original floors and ceilings that date back hundreds of years, filled with vintage furniture. 

Here, in this unique setting, Giancarlo is here to guide you through the traditions of ancient Bolognese cuisine. As a passionate traveller and wine expert, he has been nurturing a passion for his local cuisine for a long time, which “turns humble food into a true art form”. 


  • Crostini (toasted breads) with mortadella mousse 
  • Tortelloni with butter and sage or ragù sauce
  • Guinea fowl with lemon and chopped hazelnuts
  • Baby chicory salad
  • Cherry tart with crème patissière 

Refined selection of local wines


The setting is as unique as it is fascinating: a 1500s palace, with its original roof and flooring, furnished with antique furniture. The menu, which takes us on a journey through one of the world’s most ancient and rich culinary traditions, makes the experience all the more appetising. We begin with an antipasto of crostini, toasted breads topped with mousse di mortadella, a refined take on Bologna’s most iconic ham. 

Next, we have a much-loved classic of local cuisine, tortelloni. Giancarlo serves either a lighter option, where the pasta parcels are served in sage butter, or he can serve them in the traditional style, with a rich ragù sauce. 

For the second course, he opts for a delicious roast guinea fowl with lemon and shards of hazelnut, a delicate pairing that works perfectly with the side dish of chicory. 

To finish, we have a delightful dessert; a cherry and crème pâtissière tart. 


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

Cesarina's Reviews


A very interesting dinner, Giancarlo is a well-traveled guy and he had so much to talk about. His flat is stunning and so was the food. 

Johnny Armstrong from San Francisco

Published 16/08/2017


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