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Le Cesarine

Taste the joys of Liguria with a stunning sea view

Genova / Liguria

La Cesarina

Tomaso, a double-bass player, and his daughter Agata, a young student, welcome us into their lavish home which looks out over the port of Genova, and a fabulous panorama of the Ligurian sea.

In 2004, Tomaso discovered that as well as a passion for music, he also had a gift for cooking. He started attending courses until he finally gained a professional chef qualification. With the help of the talented Agata, he began organising dinners and events, always striving to develop his creativity in the kitchen whether it’s in restaurants, agriturismos, or even aboard luxurious yauchts in Montecarlo.


  • Stuffed vegetables
  • Trofie pasta with maggiorana pesto and nuts
  • Anchovy soup with large croutons and fried cherry tomatoes
  • Ricotta cheese and basil on a strawberry sauce with flaked almonds

Refined selection of local wines


We begin this Taste Experience in the heart of Genova with an antipasto of stuffed vegetables. Roasted courgettes, onions and peppers are stuffed with breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic and parsley for a truly appetising start.

Next, Tomaso and Agata serve trofie pasta in a pesto made of walnuts and marjoram, a twist on the classic genovese pesto, the nuts and aromatic leaves are crushed together with a pestle and mortar, before adding parmigiano cheese and a glug of olive oil. The pasta is hand made with water and durum wheat flour, before being stretched out and rolled back in on themselves. The result is a porous pasta shape that is perfect for holding the delicious sauce.

We finish on a sweet note with a refreshing ricotta mousse gently infused with basil, served on a bed of strawberry sauce and scattered with flaked almonds.


  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English


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