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Le Cesarine

Where two rivers meet

Varmo / Friuli Venezia Giulia

La Cesarina

Michela welcomes us into her home in Varmo, a small town in the province of Udine, which is found at the confluence of the rivers Varmo and Tagliamento. Our Cesarina has always been very attached to where she comes from and is fascinated by her hometown’s history – so much so, that she has done a great deal into her local traditions to find out as much as she can about her roots. Her curiosity has been rewarded, as she is now an expert in the food tradition that defined her childhood.

Guests at Michela’s dinner table will take a journey back in time; her humble and authentic cooking awakens cherished memories of country life in Friuli for all to enjoy.


  • Local salami and fried edible flowers
  • Blecs pasta with smoked ricotta
  • Frico – fried wafer of shredded potato and cheese
  • Lambs lettuce with siccioli (dried pork)
  • Sweet cake with a hazelnut, raisin, pine nut, sugar and grappa filling

Refined selection of local wines


This Taste Experience begins with a selection of friulian sausages to start, introducing us to a wealth of local flavours, served with delicious fried edible flowers – a wise choice.

Next, we enjoy a distinctive first course of ‘blecs’ or ‘biechi’ (a handmade pasta) served with smoked ricotta. For the second course, Michela serves frico, which is a typical fried potato cake that is crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside, made with shredded potato, onion and hard Montasio cheese. On the side, we have a fresh lamb’s lettuce salad with a sprinkle of ‘siccoli’, which are shards of dried pork, similar to pork scratchings.

We finish on a sweet note with a ‘gubana’, which is a delicious cake made on special occasions in Friuli; it is made with a sweet dough, rolled and filled with hazelnuts, almonds, grappa, pine nuts and breadcrumbs.


  • 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