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Le Cesarine

The Adriatic and its treasures - Gluten free menu

Trieste / Friuli Venezia Giulia

La Cesarina

Paola is originally from Sicily, but has lived in Trieste for years, a city that she now deeply loves. "It's my new home: modern yet ancient, maritime but linked karst plateau, with castles, palaces and the spectacular residence of Miramare." The capital of Friuli, with its rich history of influences, has truly won her over.

Influences which are also found in the local cuisine, fruit of melding between the Mediterranean and Central European cuisine. An example is the first courses and soups, but also the main courses based on meat and fish dishes. A fusion of different flavors that provides unique result and inviting results.

The secret of the Cesarina
My passion for cooking is rooted in my childhood. I remember with joy the excitement, the aromas, and sensations that preceded each party at my house.


  • Seared octopus with caramelized cherry tomatoes and celery and turnip drops
  • 'Black and white' polenta served with stewed cuttlefish
  • Breaded and seasoned sea bass fillets
  • Buttered potatoes
  • Semifreddo (semi-frozen dessert)

Refined selection of local wines


Paola begins this journey through Trieste’s tradition by plunging us into sea flavours. Seared octopus is brought to the table, first boiled and then panfried with scrumptious caramelized cherry tomatoes and equally tasty celery and turnip drops. A rich and intriguing entrée which celebrates the traditional flavours of Venezia Giulia.

As a first course, a classic of Trieste’s cuisine. Our Cesarina brings us 'black and white' polenta with stewed cuttlefish: a meeting between the farming traditions of Northern Italy and the exquisite taste of the Adriatic sea, with a hearty yet refined result. To follow, Paola serves us breaded and seasoned sea bass fillets, together with delicious buttered potatoes.

To close, dessert. Our Cesarina chooses a semifreddo, a typical Italian dessert made of semi-frozen cream and meringue known for its below-zero temperature. It is with this creamy dessert that we happily end our delicious Taste Experience in Trieste.


  • 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