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Le Cesarine

The staples of Palermo cuisine

Palermo / Sicilia

La Cesarina

In Sicily, particularly in Palermo, there is one singular regional cuisine: pasta, olive oil, vegetables and oily fish varieties, are the four cardinal staples. The dishes prepared by Rosa Maria reflect this tradition, revised with imagination and the desire to experiment, in keeping with the ancient recipes.

Our Cesarina offers dishes inextricably linked to products and raw materials of the island; Rosa Maria welcomes us in Palermo but invites us to discover the aromas and flavors of Favignana, of Ustica and of San Vito Lo Capo. 

The secret of the Cesarina
One of my secrets in the kitchen is my fresh, homemade tomato sauce.


  • Ustica-style lentil soup
  • Favignana-style Spaghetti with tuna-roe
  • Couscous with wild fennel and scabbardfish
  • Eggplant caponata
  • Almond parfait with hot chocolate
  • Reginella Cookies with Malvasia

Refined selection of local wines


This is a journey through traditional Sicilian flavours: Rosa Maria begins her Taste Experience with a lentil soup that is traditionally prepared by families on the island of Ustica. She continues with a first course of spaghetti with tuna roe, which is another island-inspired dish, this time from Favignana. 

We continue with another typical dish; couscous with wild fennel and scabbardfish, an oily fish that is famously prepared in San Vito lo Capo, on the north-west tip of Sicilym near Palermo. 

For the second course, we come inland for some culinary inspiration with a delicious eggplant caponata. And last but not least, for dessert Rosa Maria serves tempting almond parfait with hot chocolate and Reginella cookies, accompanied by sweetly fragrant Malvasia dessert wine.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • 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