Le Cesarine


  • 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 meal preparation

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • Vegetarian option

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.

Cesarine at home

This Cesarina is also available to organize a taste Experience at your accomodation

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