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Le Cesarine

The flavours of Aventino

Roma / Lazio

La Cesarina

Marco, originally from Piedmont in the north of Italy, welcomes us into his stunning home on one of the most famous hills in Rome, Aventino. This beautiful area looks over the Giardino degli Aranci and the ‘Cavalieri di Malta’ gate. Marco spent much many years working as a restorer, before deciding to change direction and move to the restaurant industry. He used to manage a trattoria in Greece, but recently moved to Rome.

He inherited his passion for cooking from his mother, a gifted cook from the Piedmont region, who passed down her wisdom and dedication to local traditions. You’d be hard-pressed to find many of Marco’s traditional family recipes in local restaurants, but they showcase the very best of Piedmontese cuisine; humble, but full of flavour. At Marco’s table, there’s always a freshly home-made loaf of bread to enjoy with your meal, which he makes daily with organic flour.

The secret of the Cesarina
For cooking and dressing my food, I only use olive oil from Magliano in Tuscany.


  • Salt cod carpaccio with salt and a touch of vanilla
  • Thick “Cavalieri” spaghetti with a ‘cacio e pepe’ sauce, with watercress
  • Grilled octopus with roast potatoes and seared peppers
  • Fresh green beans
  • Homemade peach jam tart

Refined selection of local wines


To get this Roman Taste Experience started, Marco serves a carpaccio made with thin slices of salt cod; a nod to Rome’s traditional cuisine with his own twist – a sprinkle of vanilla-infused salt.

For the first course, we have thick “Cavaliere” spaghetti, in a ‘cacio e pepe’ (cheese and black pepper) sauce. He adds a refreshing touch with watercress. The second course is grilled octopus with crunchy roast potatoes and flavoursome seared peppers. On the side, simple steamed green beans.

Marco rounds off with a delicately flavoured peach jam tart, the perfect finish.


  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Pet-friendly home

Cesarina's Reviews

Da vera amante degli gnocchi, devo dire che quelli di Marco sono davvero superlativi.
La sua accoglienza e il calore della sua casa hanno arricchito ancora di più la nostra esperienza.
Io e i miei amici ci torneremo sicuramente.

Valeria T. from Parma

Published 13/05/2017


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