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Le Cesarine

When Rome meets Jewish culture

Roma / Lazio

La Cesarina

Flavia welcomes us to the splendid Rome, eternal city with invaluable historic and artistic heritage. Our Cesarina’s home is in the heart of the historical centre, just few steps away from the gorgeous Villa Borghese park and not too far from the Baths of Diocletian. Our Cesarina’s ancestors moved from Piemonte to the capital after the birth of the Kingdom of Italy, although Flavia also has Jewish origins.

In fact, her cuisine owes its inspiration from the blend of Jewish and Roman traditions, a meeting she explains as “able to create a lucky and inseparable marriage, especially thanks to the culinary authenticity of both cultures”.

The secret of the Cesarina
My ancestors have Piemontese and Jewish origin: in my dishes you can sense the blend of these traditions with roman culture.


  • Crostini (canapés) with anchovies
  • Macaroni amatriciana style
  • Veal stew with onions
  • Peas and ham
  • Sautéed chicory
  • Ricotta (fresh sheep’s milk ricotta) tart with visciole (sour cherries)
  • Amaretti (almond biscuits)

Refined selection of local wines


Flavia’s cooking is strongly connected to her family’s half Piemontese and half Jewish origins. To fully grasp just how much our Cesarina is tied to tradition, we only have to wait for the starter. She serves grilled bread crostini with anchovies, a simple yet sublimely flavoured dish well known in the Jewish ghetto.

As first course, a great classic of Roman culture: rigatoni pasta all’amatriciana. The secret to this delicious recipe is in the dressing: the intense flavours of pork cheek and roman Pecorino cheese are combined with tomatoes and white wine, with sumptuous results. We continue our exploration of Flavia's cherished traditions with veal stew and onions, with a side dish of ham, peas and panfried chicory.

To finish, a tart of ricotta and visciole - small red sour cherries which come from the countryside of Lazio. This dessert is particularly linked to the roman Jewish tradition, and is usually served with amaretti, which are typical almond biscuits.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

Cesarina's Reviews

Great experience! Varios menu, perfect for every Taste. Thank you Flavia!

Aaron Patel from Phoenix (Arizona, USA)

Published 24/11/2017


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