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Le Cesarine

The taste of the Tuscan hills

Loc. Tirassegno - Greve in Chianti / Toscana

La Cesarina

Rolling hills embellished by vineyards and olive trees, patches of forest and streams of gushing water. This is the picture postcard scenery that characterizes the Chianti area, a hilly region stretching to the west of the Arno River, and half way between Siena and Florence.

Antonella welcomes us in Greve, a town nestled in the beautiful Tuscan hills. Our Cesarina tells us that this is a small village characterized by a sober but very skillful cuisine. Here, the land’s produce reigns, the legacy of a peasant way of life. Simple but wholesome foods, therefore, able to create very tasty and tempting recipes, reflecting a very flavorful folk cuisine.

The secret of the Cesarina
I love the quiet of the countryside, an endless source of healthy and delicious products.


  • Mix of cheeses with honey and onion preserve
  • Pappa with tomato sauce and basil
  • Eggplants alla Parmigiana with salvastrella
  • Zucchini carpaccio with mint citronette
  • Panna cotta

Refined selection of local wines


The journey through the Tuscan hinterland starts with an inviting chopping board of cheeses, which our Cesarina accompanies with honey and onion preserve. The sweetness of the onion is a perfect accompaniment to any cheese and provides a truly inviting start to the Taste Experience. 

For the main course, Antonella serves 'pappa al pomodoro' with basil, a typical pasta dish that is deeply buried in Tuscan history. This recipe was originally intended to use up stale bread from the days before, and is a simple but classic combination of tomatoes, garlic and basil. 

For the second course, eggplant 'alla parmigiana' with salvastrella (a variety of aniseed). This is accompanied by a zucchini carpaccio with mint citronette, for a fresh and Summery side dish. 

For dessert, we finish off with the unbeatable simplicity of panna cotta.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • 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