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Le Cesarine

The sparkling of the moonlight on the sea, the leap of the fish on the table

Grottammare / Marche

La Cesarina

With its ancient origins, Grottammare is a little town that runs along the coast up to the sides of the hills where the historic center is located, one of the most picturesque medieval towns in Italy. The name “Grotte a Mare” (“Grottoes by the Sea”) alludes to the very long ditches dug by the ancients to defend themselves from enemy attacks and to escape by sea, the same sea that is the protagonist on Rita’s table with the unmistakable taste of fish from the Adriatic that characterizes the entire menu.

The secret of the Cesarina
I conclude my meals with two typical beverages from the Marches: caffè del marinaio– sailor’s coffee– and anisette.


  • Adriatic salad (calamari, cherry tomatoes, black olives, arugula) with tomato crostini
  • Little potato gnocchi with squid shrimp and cherry tomatoes
  • Fried squid
  • Seasonable vegetables (lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and arugula)
  • Caffè del marinaio with almond biscottini
  • Anisette

Refined selection of local wines


Rita welcomes us with an Adriatic salad with tomato crostini, using calamari, cherry tomatoes, black olives and arugula, a fresh and extravagant antipasto that is full of the flavours of the Adriatic. As a first course, she serves little potato gnocchi with squid scampi and cherry tomatoes. Next are appetizing fried squid, an unmissable dish of seaside tradition, accompanied by seasonal vegetables.

To finish, we enjoy a 'caffè del marinaio', or sailor’s coffee, with almond biscottini. Sailors would drink this coffee on fishing boats to help them face the long, cold nights on the sea. This coffee is made with moka, sugar, bitter cocoa powder and a warming splash of rum. To follow, we have 'anisette', the traditional digestif from Ascoli Piceno. Its herbal green anis aroma is the perfect conclusion.


  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Wheelchair-accessible


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