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Le Cesarine

The Charm of the Countryside

Padova / Veneto

La Cesarina

Our Cesarina awaits us just outside of Padua, the beautiful city situated in the center of the Po Valley. From Paola's house, close to the countryside, we can enjoy a glimpse of the landscape that characterizes these areas, that of a scene depicted on postcards, interspersed with narrow footpaths, canals, villas, and cottages. Lands that have given life to a strong rural culture, which has created delicious dishes with few ingredients.

It is a culture that has greatly influenced Paola: "My maternal grandmother lived in a farmhouse with a garden in front livestock out back. She cooked with a mythical wooden stove, with concentric rings, on which I always found a pot boiling. My other grandmother, from Lecce, made pasta from scratch with whole wheat flour, she dried tomatoes on the roof of the house, figs with almonds. With the vegetables, she could make anything. It was from her that I caught the passion that animates my dishes."

The secret of the Cesarina
Quote: My maternal grandmother lived in a farmhouse with a garden in front livestock out back. My other grandmother, from Lecce, prepared everything with vegetables. It's thanks to them that my passion for cooking came about.


  • Marinated radicchio of Treviso and Fiolaro broccoli of Creazzo 
  • Celery, turnip, pumpkin and carrot soup with croutons
  • Wild duck stuffed with chestnuts and pomegranate
  • Treviso Radicchio, persimmon, walnut, and black olive salad
  • Homemade chocolates

Refined selection of local wines


Paola's Taste Experience draws on ancient rural flavors. It begins with an appetizer that is characteristic of her area, marinated radicchio of Treviso, first boiled and then cooked in a pan with oil and herbs. Our Cesarina serves the dish alongside 'Fiolaro di Creazzo' broccoli "in tecia," a recipe combining the broccoli's delicate flavor with a touch of chili. 

The first course is a celebration of the authentic flavours of the garden. A celery, turnip, pumpkin, and carrot soup is served, topped with crunchy croutons. The second course has a similar countryside feel; our Cesarina serves a dish that recalls countryside parties: wild duck stuffed with chestnuts and pomegranate. This stuffing adds a rich layer of flavour to the tender meat, and is a real explosion of flavour. This is served alongside a sumptuous salad of radicchio, persimmon, walnuts and black olives. 

To round off the evening, Paola offers a tray of homemade chocolates, a perfect treat to finish off this journey into Italian countryside tradition. 


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • 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