Le Cesarine


  • '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.


  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • Vegetarian option

  • Pet-friendly home

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.

Cesarine at home

This Cesarina is also available to organize a taste Experience at your accomodation

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