Ficcarolo is a small country town which lies on the River Po bank. It is a border land, where Veneto, Lombardia and Emilia Romagna regions meet. The passing of time here is very much linked with the great river, a vital resource for the town and at the same time a breathtaking scenario. You just have to climb the river bank few meters away from our Cesarina’s house to enjoy a magnificent spectacle, especially at sunset.
Sonia welcomes us to this tranquil rural setting, opening the doors to her splendid small villa. In the living room, tastefully decorated and characterized by a lovely checked floor, we can taste the dishes typical of the local tradition. We are on the Venetian bank of the River Po, under the Rovigo province, but Ficcarolo is also influences by its other close surroundings: Ferrara, Mantova, Verona and Padova. “It is easy to understand that being at the centre of all these provinces our culinary tradition is incredibly varied - our Cesarina explains - Over time we have acquired many recipes, and today our menu includes dishes which come from different yet very close territories”.
The secret of the Cesarina
I use a mix of aromatic herbs I grow in my vegetable garden to season my dishes: sage, marjoram, time, fennel, anise and rosemary