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Le Cesarine

The gastronomic harmony of the Trieste tradition

Trieste / Friuli Venezia Giulia

La Cesarina

Paola is originally from Sicily, but has lived in Trieste for years, a city that she now deeply loves. "It's my new home: modern yet ancient, maritime but linked karst plateau, with castles, palaces and the spectacular residence of Miramare." The capital of Friuli, with its rich history of influences, has truly won her over.

Influences which are also found in the local cuisine, fruit of melding between the Mediterranean and Central European cuisine. An example is the first courses and soups, but also the main courses based on meat and fish dishes. A fusion of different flavors that provides unique result and inviting results.

The secret of the Cesarina
My passion for cooking is rooted in my childhood. I remember with joy the excitement, the aromas, and sensations that preceded each party at my house.


  • Baked ham in bread crust served with mustard and kren sauce (with horseradish)
  • Jota soup
  • Roast veal flavoured with aromatic herbs
  • Roast potatoes
  • Presnitz

Refined selection of local wines


The Taste Experience begins with ham cooked in bread dough served with mustard and horseradish, an appetizer that combines the fragrant meat with the two intensely and distinctively flavored condiments. Horseradish is a real specialty of the area: this wild root is very widespread in Trieste cuisine.

Next, another classic dish of local cuisine. We are talking about the 'jota', a particularly delicious first course made with sauerkraut, potatoes, beans and sausage. A rich dish, usually served on cold winter evenings, when the city is lashed by the bora wind, but can also prepared in a Summer variation. We continue our gastronomic tour with an herb-infused veal roast, offered with a simple but delightful sauce made with celery, carrots and onions and served with roast potatoes. Even this side dish is a true symbol of the local cuisine.

Finally, a typical dessert of Trieste: the Presnitz. The Central European influence is clearly visible here: legend has it, in fact, that this typical dessert was created at the beginning of the nineteenth century, on the occasion of the visit of the Empress of Austria and Hungary, the famous Sissi. It is in her honor that a well-known pastry shop in the city center created this roll of puff pastry filled with walnuts, almonds, figs, prunes and chocolate flakes.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • 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