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Le Cesarine

The intense flavours of Chieti

Chieti / Abruzzo

La Cesarina

Flavia welcomes us to the splendid setting of Chieti, a lovely abruzzese city half way between the mountain and the Adriatic sea. The historical centre of the city, where our Cesarina lives, is considered one of the most ancient in Italy and rises and the top of a hill: the view here is so beautiful that sometimes, when speaking of Chieti, people refer to it as “the terrace of Abruzzo”.

Young Flavia learned to love cooking thanks to her dear grandmother Carmelina, who passed the closely-guarded family recipe secrets down to her. Her repertoire of flavours completely belongs to the regional culinary tradition, delicious dishes that our Cesarina serves along with an accurate selection of local wine.

The secret of the Cesarina
I fell in love with cooking thanks to my grandmother Carmelina: she was the one who passed the family recipe secrets down to me.


  • Scanno pecorino cheese ice-cream topped with Abruzzo honey, salted ferratelle and fried chickpeas
  • Rintrocili with bastardoni cream
  • Pizza scima with foje, thin focaccia with misticanza salad
  • Pot of seasoned anchovies with rosemary potato cream
  • Grandmother Carmelina’s Ultrasquisita (First layer of shortcut pastry, then ricotta cream, chocolate, cherries, cedar and french meringue)

Refined selection of local wines


Flavia's taste experience is all about balancing sweet and salty flavours, starting off with a delicious Pecorino cheese ice-cream. The sharp flavour of the Pecorino contrasts with the sweetness of the cream, which is topped with a drizzle of Abruzzo honey, a scattering of salted 'ferratelle' (crunchy wafer biscuits) and fried chickpeas. 

As a first course, our Cesarina serves 'rintrocili' with 'bastardoni' cream. Traditional strips of fresh pasta are set off by the sweet local peppers. To follow, a great classic of abruzzese cuisine: 'pizza scima', an unleavened focaccia accompanied by with 'le foje', a wild mixed salad. As a side dish, a pot of seasoned anchovies.

Last but not least, dessert: Flavia has made Ultrasquisita, “extra-delicious”, a multilayered dessert which combines sweet shortcut pastry and french meringue with ricotta cream, chocolate, cherries and cedar. This recipe is inherited from Flavia's grandmother Carmelina, who would often prepare it on feast days.


  • 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