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Le Cesarine

The Magic of the Countryside

Ragusa / Sicilia

La Cesarina

"I do not create new paths, even if it is an interesting experience, because I like to dust off more ancient paths". These are the words used by Maria Carmela to introduce us to the culinary history of Ibla, the oldest part of Ragusa, the Sicilian town that was dominated by Arabs for about two and a half centuries. Today, traces remain of that domination in the local food culture, still marked by contrasting sweet and sour flavors, the same flavors that we find in the culinary preparations of our Cesarina.

The secret of the Cesarina
The secret to a good stuffing is knowing how to "finely mince" the ingredients


  • Ravioline with caciocavallo cheese
  • Baskets of pasta brisè
  • Puff pastry filled with ricotta (or "braciola" steak with potatoes purée)
  • Vegetable Caponata
  • Grandma Marianna's Cake

Refined selection of local wines


All the recipes and products in this Taste Experience are straight from the Ragusa area. We begin with a starter of caciocavallo cheese, which has always been a staple of popular Sicilian recipes. Next, Maria Carmela serves raviolina (little pasta parcels) in extra virgin olive oil. After this, we have the sfoglio, which is a stuffed puff pastry circle with a filling of ricotta, sausage pieces, and finely minced veal and pork. 

The Taste Experience continues with a regional classic, the caponata, whose special ingredients include vegetables, almonds, sugar and vinegar. 

We complete this Culinary Experience with a taste of Grandma Marianna's cake with a velvety cream made with toasted almonds that, as revealed by Maria Carmela, has always been used to celebrate the birthdays of family members.


  • Vegetarian option

  • 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