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Le Cesarine

The flavour notes of Puccini's hometown

Pescaglia / Toscana

La Cesarina

Alessandra and Ada welcome us into a town that seems to be lost in time, nestled in the stunning Apuane Alps. The two live in Celle di Puccini, an area of Pescaglia noted for its links with the great composer Giacomo Puccini, who spent much of his childhood here - in fact, there is a Puccini museum here in his honour. 

Ada and Alessandra have been passionate cooks for their entire lives, and they love to celebrate their local traditional recipes that have been handed down through the generations. 

The secret of the Cesarina
"Our grandmothers taught us how to cook traditional dishes, and we have guarded their recipes ever since."


  • 'Mimosa' eggs
  • Maccheroni pasta 'al sugo finto'
  • Fritto misto lucchese
  • Fried seasonal vegetables
  • Piatto forte cream dessert

Refined selection of local wines


To begin this Taste Experience in the Tuscan hills, our Cesarine serve an antipasto of ‘uova mimosa’, an appetising dish made with boiled eggs. 

For the first course, Alessandra and Ada serve maccheroni in ‘sugo finto’, a delightful countryside dish that is typical to the region. The sauce is similar to bolognese ragù, but without the meat! For the second course, our Cesarine serve a delicious ‘fritto misto alla lucchese’, with a side of fried vegetables. 

Finally, we have the perfect dessert to finish: Piatto Forte, a creamy dessert that is an absolute delight to the senses!


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English


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