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Le Cesarine

Tasting 'pesto alla modenese' in Formigine

Formigine / Emilia-Romagna

La Cesarina

Francesca welcomes us into her beautiful home in Formigine, a town in the province of Modena, just a few minutes from the famous Ferrari museum in nearby Maranello. This Cesarina’s family has been linked to the famous Enzo Ferrari, as they were his employees for many years; her father-in-law is a chauffeur and her mother-in-law a cook for the firm.

It was in fact Francesca’s mother-in-law who taught her many of the recipes that she serves for her menus, as they have organised many dinners for friends, as well as taking part in bread-making courses. Although she knows how to use her kitchen aid, she loves to roll up her sleeves and work by hand in the kitchen.

The secret of the Cesarina
I made an old-fashioned proving closet where I can raise the dough for my crescentine, which are also known as tigelle in some areas of Italy.


  • 'Gnocco fritto' with salami and local cheese
  • Delicate pasta rosettes filled with ham and cheese
  • Borlenghi pasta with pesto modenese
  • Mixed garden salad
  • Barozzi-style cake with mascarpone cheese

Refined selection of local wines


To get this Taste Experience off to the perfect start, we have an antipasto of gnocco fritto with a selection of local salami and cheese.

For the first course, Francesca serves rosette al forno, rolls of freshly handmade pasta with a filling of cheese, ham and rich béchamel sauce. Next, typical ‘borlenghi’, a traditional delicacy similar to the crêpe, but thinner. These are filled with modenese pesto, which is made from lard, garlic, rosemary and Parmigiano cheese. This is accompanied by a fresh garden salad.

Finally, for dessert we have a local classic: an exquisite Barozzi-style cake served with mascarpone cream. It is made with dark chocolate, coffee and almonds, and was invented by a baker in Vignola. That’s all we can tell you, however, as the recipe has been a closely guarded secret for many years.


  • Vegetarian option

  • 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