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Le Cesarine

The delights of Puglia

Corato / Puglia

La Cesarina

Maria invites us into her elegant villa in Corato, Puglia, a town in the province of Bari near the Murge plateau. It’s full of historic buildings and beautiful churches and is just ten miles from the coast, within easy reach of Castel del Monte, a famous UNESCO heritage site.

Maria has had a lifelong career as a chef in a famous local osteria. Now that she’s retired, she has time to dedicate herself to perfecting her favourite dishes, shaping her passion for cooking through a range of culinary activities. She loves organising buffets, banquets, and - of course - being a Cesarina!

The secret of the Cesarina
I always steam locally sourced vegetables, because it is the best way to preserve their vitamin and mineral content and lock in nutrients. I love taking their fresh taste to the next level with spices, aromatic herbs and my local cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil.


  • Crudité of seasonal garden vegetables
  • Fried courgette flowers 
  • Miniature aubergine pamigiana
  • 'Tiella alla barese' with potatoes, rice and clams
  • 'Frittura di Paranza', mixed fried seafood
  • Courgettes 'alla poverella'
  • Fried peppers with tomato and basil

Refined selection of local wines


To begin this Taste Experience, Maria serves a variety of antipasti: fresh seasonal vegetables, fried courgette flowers and tastings of aubergine ‘alla parmigiana’.

Next, we have a cornerstone of traditional Puglian cuisine: ‘tiella alla barese di riso’, which is potatoes and clams served in a terracotta dish. To follow, a flavoursome fried selection of mixed fish, with courgette ‘alla poverella’ cooked gently in garlic and mint, as well as ‘friggiteli in padella’, which are small green peppers in tomato and basil.

We finish on a sweet note with a watermelon ‘gelo’, a cold gelatine dessert garnished with honey, chopped nuts or fresh almonds.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Wheelchair-accessible


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