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Le Cesarine

The fresh flavours of the Adriatic sea

Bari / Puglia

La Cesarina

Bari is a beautiful and lively city, full of monuments and culture. From the Basilica di San Nicola promenade, to its many museums and Norman castle, there’s a long list of reasons to visit the Pugliese capital… And let’s not forget the hearty and delicious delights of its local cuisine.

Antonella welcomes us into her apartment, which is just a stone’s throw away from the splendid ‘2 Giugno’ gardens, the city’s finest green space. Her house is just a few minutes away from Bari's historic centre and is easily reached by bus. Our Cesarina loves opening comfortable and luminous home to friends and guests to share her Barese cooking. “Cooking is my way of taking care of myself and others,” she explains, “sharing experiences with others is the best way to meet and get to know people.”

The secret of the Cesarina

“I cook to take care of myself, too.”


  • Zucchini ‘alla poverella’
  • Rice, potato and clam ‘tiella’
  • Stewed octopus
  • Rocket, lupin bean and local tomato salad
  • Lemon tiramisù

Refined selection of local wines


To start off this Barese Taste Experience, Antonella calls on a classic starter that sounds poorer than it really is – zucchini ‘alla poverella’ (which literally translates as ‘poor woman’) are dried zucchini cooked with mint and balsamic vinegar: a true classic of Pugliese cuisine.

After this delicious entrée, the Taste Experience continues with a rice ‘tiella’, which is a gratin of potatoes, rice and clams. It is a rich and intense dish typical of the Barese tradition. For the second course, our Cesarina serves stewed octopus, accompanied by a rocket, lupin bean and local tomato salad.

To cleanse your palate, we finish with a perfect dessert; a fantastic lemon tiramisù.


  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Pet-friendly home


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