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Le Cesarine

This is how they made their soup back in Queen Margherita's day...

Bologna / Emilia-Romagna

La Cesarina

Queen Margherita was the bride of King Umberto I who reigned from 1878 to 1900; the people of Bologna dedicated the most important park in the city to her, which is still known as the “Margherita gardens". On the eastern edge of the park is the house of Luisa who, together with her mother Maria Teresa, cultivates the typical flavors of the Italy of those days. Today, Luisa presents typical Bolognese dishes with the flavor of a voyage in the “nice times of the past”, when horses and carriages traveled through the Margherita gardens.


• Home-made focaccia
• Stecchetti Soup (Royale alla bolognese)
• Delicate leek pie with stuffed Savoy cabbage leaves 
• Cake with amaretto centre, and a sweet selection

Refined selection of local wines


Queen Margherita was married to Umberto I, and reigned from 1878 to 1900. In fact, Bologna's largest park, "I giardini Margherita", is in fact named after her! Our Cesarina Luisa lives on its Eastern side, and, together with her mother Maria Teresa, she keeps Bologna's past traditions alive. Luisa serves up typical Bolognese dishes that take you straight back to "the good old days", when horses and carriages crossed the Giardini Margherita.

Several of Luisa's recipes hark back to as early as the eighteenth century. After a standing aperitivo with sparkling wine and home-made focaccia, she brings 'la royale alla Bolognese' to the table; a broth-based soup that is known as 'minestra alla Stecchetti' in Bologna. In nearby Romagna, however, they call it "soup in a bag", due to it's unusual method of preparation. A rich dough is made using flour, eggs, nutmeg, parmesan and butter, which is then closed in a lightly dampened bag. It is then put in a large pan of broth to simmer for about two hours, giving enough time for the dough to infuse the soup.

As a second course, Luisa serves a delicate leek pie with stuffed Savoy cabbage leaves. For dessert, a cake with an amaretto centre, accompanied by a selection of little sweets. A delightful end to this taste experience where everything is home-made - just like in the good old days.


  • 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

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