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Le Cesarine

The culinary delights of Brescia

Lodrino / Lombardia

La Cesarina

Marilena lives in Lodrino, a lovely and quiet village immersed in the forests of the mountains of the province of Brescia. For our Cesarina, cooking is a passion: «I love taking my time to prepare my dishes. I deliberately avoid packaged products and I always try to cook from scratch using raw materials». A truly natural method, which makes her culinary creations healthy for both the body and the mind.  

The secret of the Cesarina
English translation in progress!


  • Sliced polenta with cotechino salami and spinach
  • Cheese biscuits enriched with locally-sourced chestnut honey 
  • Homemade chestbut tagliatelle in butter, sage and pancetta
  • "Usilì scapacc", rolled pork loin with sage and pancetta, seared in butter
  • Polenta di Storo 
  • Sautéed Catalogna chicory 
  • Walnut cake served with mascarpone cream 

Refined selection of local wines


Polenta is one of the most representative dishes of the Lombardian Alps: Marilena serves it as antipasto, combining its flavour with a local ‘cotechino’ and adding spinach. The starter is completed by a selection of cheese biscuits drizzled with local chestnut honey.

After that, we have a very special first course: some delicate homemade chestnut tagliatelle served in melted butter, sage and bacon. For the second course, instead, our Cesarina serves 'Usilì scapacc', delicious rolled pork loin with sage and bacon baked into the butter. On the side, we have  'catalogna saltata’ served with another kind of polenta, this time made with 'storo’ flour.

Finally, a tasty nut cake garnished with mascarpone cream: a wonderful dessert!


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • 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