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Le Cesarine

The typical cuisine of Montalto in the Marches

Montalto delle Marche / Marche

La Cesarina

Montalto is a beautiful town of the inland part of the Marches region, located in the band of hills that stretches from the Adriatic coast to the Sibilline mountain chain, from which one can enjoy a magnificent panorama that reaches as far as the sea on one side and up to the mountains on the other side.

There are so many beautiful things to see in this hilltop town. This area is renouned for its rich harvest of high-quality vegetables. Maria, our Cesarina, knows this well, and she selects them carefully and lovingly to enrich the typical dishes she prepares.

The secret of the Cesarina
To prepare “Ngrecciata”, one of the most aromatic dishes of the local tradition, I only use vegetables from my local area.


  • Extravagant lamb coratella with rosemary and thyme
  • Bite-sized local antipasti
  • Lasagna incassettata Marchese
  • Delectable fried meat assortment (chicken, veal, lamb, pork, zucchini, cremini, olives, kebabs)
  • "N'grecciata" with seasonal vegetables
  • Funghetti di Offida 
  • Homemade biscotti and little pastries

Refined selection of local wines


The cuisine of Le Marche is both simple and robust, and Maria's first course confirms this from the start: we start with lamb coratella, an elaborate dish which our Cesarina enhances with herbs like rosemary and thyme. We continue with bite-sized local antipasti with lasagna incassettata, a Marchese variation of lasagne. 

As a second course, Maria offers a rich assortment of fried local meats typical from Ascoli and typical products of Le Marche, among which are olive all’ascolana (Ascoli-style olives) with a tasty meat filling and an impeccable breadcrumb coating. There are also cremini, little blobs of cream rolled in breadcrumbs. Their sweet flavour combines with the salty taste of the olives perfectly.

We continue with “n'grecciata”, one of the most fragrant dishes of the local tradition based on seasonal vegetables - usually peas, artichokes and fresh fava beans.

We end on a sweet note with funghetti di Offida, traditional mushroom-shaped biscuits infused with aniseed, and with homemade biscotti and little pastries.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English


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