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Le Cesarine

The rediscovered scent of cloves

Roma (zona Monte Sacro) / Lazio

La Cesarina

Emanuela and Carlo live near Monte Sacro, the historical Roman hill, which stands alongside the Aniene river. Originally known as the garden city, the area preserves authentic Roman traditions, the same traditions which are cherished by Cesarini Emanuela and Carlo.

"To give a special touch to a simple tomato sauce, you just add a clove ..." this is just one of the many secrets that Carlo learned from his grandmother, on a Sunday many years ago; it is on this knowledge that these two Cesarini have based their culinary offerings. Our cesarini love to rediscover forgotten flavors and revive Roman holidays recipes.

The secret of the Cesarina
To give a special touch to a simple tomato sauce, just add a clove.


  • Sage-infused white wine
  • Chicken liver canapès with capers, sage, lemon and vinegar
  • Flat egg pasta squares with grass peas in tomato sauce
  • Garofolato (beef, cooked with tomatoes, red wine, lard, marjoram and garlic)
  • Roman style spinach with pine nuts, raisins and strips of prosciutto
  • Crispy Donuts with red wine

Refined selection of local wines


We begin this Taste Experience with a chilled sage-infused white wine, with the traditional appetizer of Carlo's Sunday lunches: chicken liver canapés flavored with capers, sage, lemon and vinegar. As a first course, Emanuela prepares flat egg pasta squares with grass peas, a variety of legumes now found only in the regions of Latium, Umbria and Abruzzo; The dish is finished off with tomato and a drizzle of olive oil.

The 'garofolato' follows, a typical Roman dish that takes its name from 'garofoli', the word for cloves in Roman dialect. The cloves, together with lard, marjoram and garlic, enrich the slow-cooked beef with tomato and red wine, resulting in a fragrant and aromatic sauce. The meat is accompanied by Roman style spinach, sautéed with pine nuts, raisins and strips of prosciutto.

The Taste Experience draws to a delicious close with crispy wine donuts covered with sugar, to be dipped in a glass of good red wine from Latium.


  • Participate in dishes preparation

  • Vegetarian option

  • Cesarina speaks English

  • Pet-friendly home

Cesarina's Reviews

La cena da Emanuela e Carlo è stata una sorpresa continua, a partire dal vino bianco alla salvia.
La loro ospitalità e la passione per la cucina tradizionale romana che ci hanno trasmesso hanno reso la serata ancora più bella e unica.

Cecilia, Roberta e Paola from Trento

Published 18/02/2017


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