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Le Cesarine

The flavours of a Milanese vegetable garden

Milano / Lombardia

La Cesarina

Luisa is originally from Milan, but has lived in the area surrounding Padova for years. Her love for her hometown is still strong, despite the fact she moved away. This Cesarina has a true passion for local traditions, which she certainly expresses in the kitchen.

Their menu is full of typical Milanese flavours. All the recipes use local produce, and have roots in historical Milanese peasant foods. The Lombardia region produces a great deal of game, poultry, beef and veal, as well as being famous for the its many cheeses, including favourites such as gorgonzola and mascarpone. This abundance of ingredients offers us a varied and intense cuisine, opening the doors to a world of delicious dishes.

The secret of the Cesarina
My search for popular traditions is at the heart of my dishes.


  • Spinach or fresh chard pie in Parmesan cheese cream
  • Greengrocers’ risotto
  • Fried veal scallops with white wine and parsley
  • Basil tomato salad and roast potatoes
  • Almond parfait with berry sauce

Refined selection of local wines


Luisa begins this journey through Lombard tradition with a truly delicious starter. A spinach (or alternatively, fresh chard) pie is brought to the table, with a delicious Parmesan cheese cream. This is a marriage of scrumptious and intense flavours.

To follow, a typically Milanese first course: risotto. Our Cesarina’s version is a risotto all’Ortolana, a “greengrocers’ risotto”, which is made with a combination of vegetables. The result is simple, fresh and delicious, a tribute to the flavours of the Lombard countryside. For the second course, Luisa opts for a succulent 'frittura piccata': floured veal scallops are fried in oil and a generous splash with wine. This is a real delight of the senses which our Cesarina decides to serve with a basil and tomato salad and roast potatoes.

To finish, dessert. Luisa serves an almond parfait, something she took a liking to during a holiday in Sicily. This delicious semi-frozen dessert is made of eggs and whipped cream, enriched with the flavour of almonds and a delicious berry sauce.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Pet-friendly home

Cesarina's Reviews

I'm writing this review not only for reccommending Luisa & Caterina, but, even more important thing, to say thank you one more time to these great women.

I had a really good time in Milan: I enjoyed the city and the whole time i spent there, but the best memory i decided to bring back home it's the dinner with Luisa and Caterina.

I loved it! They are such friendly and warm persons and their cooking is absolutely great. Even if they don't speak english, we had absolutely no problem understanding each other and i think all of this made the whole time even funnier and relaxing.

Great Women, awesome cooking that means absolutely reccommended.

If you step in Milan make yourselves a favor and don't miss a tasteful experience like the one i had.


Beth Myers from Sacramento

Published 21/05/2017


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