Hi! I'm Barbara.

4.6 (27 reviews)
wilmaCesarina from 2018
My speciality: Seafood risotto
I live in: Venice
I speak: Spagnolo, Italian, English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

Cesarina Barbara welcomes you into her home with open arms. This breathtaking house is situated in the perfect location, right in the city centre, but sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspots. At her dinner table, you will be guided through the most evocative culinary traditions of the lagoon. “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved learning how to cook. I learned from my grandmother, who prepared traditional Venetian dishes with infinite wisdom: in fact, my grandparents ran a restaurant for many years, so I have always lived and breathed for making guests feel welcome. I love cooking for my friends and family, and over the years I’ve specialised in Venetian dishes, as they are so varied and full of flavour, a true expression of Venice’s precious and rich history.”

Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of the most famous canals in the world, where you will enjoy a timeless selection of traditional dishes. O...

My specialities

- Crostini topped with salt cod mousse

- Seafood risotto

- Grilled cuttlefish

- "Castraure di S. Erasmo" artichoke salad

- Sheep's milk ricotta with orange blossom honey, almonds and figs

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Reviews from our guests

Find out what people thought of their experience with Barbara

Wonderful experience in a local chef’s home. Barbara was very hospitable and we thoroughly enjoyed learning how to make homemade pasta, filling & forming into different pasta types and tiramisu for dessert! Highly recommend! Thank you Barbara!

Kim StG

August 2021

Merci à Barbara et Claudio de nous avoir accueilli dans leur charmante maison. Malgré une chaleur étouffante ce jour-là, Barbara nous a montré son art de faire des pâtes et transmis ses astuces de cuisinière. Cela aurait été parfait avec un petit document pour expliquer et retenir ce que l'on apprend. Une belle expérience.


August 2021

We spent a wonderful evening cooking with Barabara at her amazing home in Venice! We prepared Ravioli, Tiramisu and Mozzarella in Carrozze from scratch, paying close attention to the many practical tips Barabara gave us. She is an absolute pro in the kitchen and a very patient teacher, sharing many details and tips. Over dinner, great talk about Venetian life and culinary tradition with Barbara and Claudio. A unique experience!


August 2021

I booked a dining experience with Cesarine at Barbara's with a group of friends. It was an absolutely fantastic evening! I was a little unsure at first, as I didn't really know what to expect... But I'm so glad I decided to go for it. Barbara met us in a nearby square and accompanied us to her home. It was such a surprise to actually enter into a real home in Venice - when you explore the city, you always wonder what it's like to actually live there, and this gave us a taste! Barbara showed us around her beautiful home, and the table was set with lovely dishes and cloths, so we felt really special. We tasted plenty of wine, sourced from her friends in the Veneto area, and as for the food... It was just wonderful, and she explained the fascinating stories behind every ingredient. She was the most welcoming host. I will never forget the amazing "seppie ripiene", the delicate "baccalà mantecato", and artichoke hearts, or the generous helpings of "spaghetti con le vongole" and the typical "frittole" sweets that were on our menu that night. Everything came from the local market and was so much better than the food we tried in the local restaurants. Plus, there were second helpings... :) I also want to add that the staff at Cesarine were very kind, and answered all my questions. The booking process was easy thanks to their friendly service. Thank you! I will be recommending this experience to all my friends. It was unforgettable and I can't wait to book again on my next trip. I found out that Cesarine have hosts all over Italy, so I'll be spoilt for choice next time.


January 2020

Barbara was our instructor and we enjoyed our time with her and the delicious food. However, I did feel our class group size (9 total) was way to big for the size of her apartment and kitchen.


January 2020

Great cooking class!! Loved the food and all that we learned.


December 2019

Spent Christmas in the home of our host, learning to make Gnocchi and Tiramisu. Had plenty of wine. Just a wonderful time with good food and good friends.


December 2019

We had a brilliant morning cooking with Barbara at her home. Tagliatelle and tiramisu all round!


December 2019

Our experience with cesarina Barbara was great! We really enjoyed the lesson and she was very attentive and kind. It was my husband's birthday and she even had the nice idea of putting a candle in the Tiramisu we had made and singing "tanti auguri" for him. We just loved the experience of learning about the food and culture! Highly recommended.


December 2019

We had an awesome time with Barbara! We had a tough time finding each other at first (my fault), but she was incredibly understanding and helpful. The class itself was informative and a lot of fun. The food was superb and the company even better. This was a highlight of our trip to Venice. I would wholeheartedly recommend!


October 2019