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Le Cesarine

The ancient tradition of 'crescentine montanare'

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.


  • Puff pastry rolls with parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar
  • Sage-infused tortelloni pasta
  • Tigelle breads with local cold cuts and cheese
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Sweet tortelli filled with cream

Refined selection of local wines


We get this Taste Experience started in true Modenese style with an antipasto of delicious Parmigiano salatini with a balsamic vinegar reduction, which brings together the sharp cheese and the crunchy crostino perfectly.

For the first course, we have home-made tortelloni with a ricotta and spinach filling, served in sage butter and, of course, a sprinkle of grated Parmigiano. Next, we have  crescentine montanare, which are soft discs of bread served warm, which are to be enjoyed with cold cuts and local cheese, with a side of seasonal vegetables.

To round off the Taste Experience, we have tortelli modenesi, which are little pastries filled with indulgent crème pâtissière.


  • 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