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Le Cesarine

Walking through the ancient streets of the port

Anzio / Lazio

La Cesarina

Walking through the ancient streets of the port, waiting for the fishing boats fishing for anchovies in the warm light of the sunset, we will discover the flavors of simple things and the recipes handed down inside the fishermen's "capannucce" taverns. Old fishermen, in their small taverns called "capannucce," using a small amount of left over fish, were able to cook a flavorful soup that later became the trademark of Portodanzese cuisine.

Anzio, a prime holiday resort of the Romans, is famous for its oily fish, particularly for anchovies and sardines, so much so, the people from Anzio are often called "scapocciasarde" in reference to sardines. In her taste Experience, Maria Cristina proposes a return to her origins.

The secret of the Cesarina
I serve the typical Portodanzese soup with Lariano crusty bread slices


  • Anchovy pie, with cheese and potatoes
  • Vermicelli pasta with anchovies and Pecorino cheese
  • Portodanzese soup with fish from the sea of ​​Anzio (served with toasted and seasoned bread from Lariano)
  • Endive with pine nuts, raisins and anchovies - seasonal vegetables au gratin
  • Grandma's Cake

Refined selection of local wines


The Taste Experience offered by Maria Cristina is a return to her origins, the traditional cuisine of the port of Anzio. It begins with a hearty anchovy pie, with cheese and potatoes. As a first course, vermicelli pasta with anchovies and Pecorino cheese, a typical dish of the Latium cuisine.

The meal continues with a typical Portodanzese soup that showcases local seafood, spices, tomatoes, white wine, garlic, anchovies and chili peppers, served with crusty, toasted and seasoned Lariano bread slices. As a side dish, Maria Cristina brings to the table endives with pine nuts, raisins and anchovies, with flavorful seasonal vegetables au gratin on the side. To end on a sweet note, 'grandmother's cake', prepared according to our Cesarina's treasured secret recipe.


  • 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