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Le Cesarine

The rolling hills of Tuscany

Scansano / Toscana

La Cesarina

Maria Luisa was born and raised in the splendid Tuscan countryside. Her childhood was spent in close contact with nature and following farm-life rhythms. Her grandfather teaches her to grow vegetables when she is still a little girl, and shortly after she starts helping her grandmother in the kitchen. Cooking is a real passion that our Cesarina has nurtured over the years, in a journey along her territory’s traditions that still continues today.

We can taste these intense and refined flavours in the fascinating rural setting around Maria Luisa’s house. In fact, our cook welcomes us to Scansano, a small town in the Grosseto province. In between its sweet hills we can taste the typical Tuscan cuisine recipes, full of cold-cuts and cheeses.

The secret of the Cesarina
I spent my childhood in the countryside with my grandparents and I owe them all that I have learnt: my grandmother taught me to cook, whilst my grandfather to grow a vegetable garden.


  • Selection of cold cuts, tuscan pecorino cheese, fried polenta and crostini (with mushrooms, ragu or spleen)
  • Bean soup with handmade tagliolini pasta
  • Savoy cabbage, sausage and pancetta casserole
  • Homemade bread
  • Cantucci biscuits with Vin Santo

Refined selection of local wines


Maria Luisa begins with an antipasto of locally-sourced cold cuts, pecorino cheese and fried polenta, as well as a place of croquettes with either mushroom, ragù or spleen pâté.

Next, our Cesarina opts for a hearty bean soup with handmade tagliolini pasta. Then for the second course, we have a sausage, pancetta and cabbage casserole; this local speciality is bursting with flavour, and Maria Luisa achieves the perfect balance of flavours. On the side we have freshly homemade bread that she prepares in her kitchen on a daily basis.

For dessert, Maria Luisa serves Cantucci biscuits with a glass of Vin Santo – a truly Tuscan finish.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • 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