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Cesarina from 2018

My speciality: Tagliatelle of borragine with a light fondue of Valdostana toma and Saint Marcel's raw ham

I live in: Châtillon

Spoken languages: French, English, Italian

Good to know

I offer vegetarian alternatives

Hi from Franca!

Valle d'Aosta is the ideal place to enjoy traditional dishes, visit castles and, in summer, gaze at the star-filled sky while surrounded by nature. "I think I was born in the kitchen. I was lucky enough to have stay-at-home grandmothers who were very skilled in preparing local traditional foods," recounts Cesarina Franca. Franca’s cooking is first and foremost based on using fresh products. She grows her own vegetables in the garden, collects wild herbs and mushrooms from the places her grandmothers took her to as a child. Everything else that she needs, such as eggs, cheese and meat, she buys near her home, directly from local breeders and farmers.  Since Valle d'Aosta is an area that combines Italian, French and Swiss traditions, Franca's cooking is full of surprises.

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My specialities
  •  Chops of Valdostan cheeses served with "fait maison" jams and mixed vegetables
  •  Tagliatelle of borragine with a light fondue of Valdostana toma and Saint Marcel's raw ham
  •  Ricotta cheese flan with nettle sauce or raw veal meat "alla gressonara" ("gressonara" recipe)
2 reviews
My family and I had a wondering evening with Franca at her home. She has a lovely place and prepared an incredible Italian meal for us. We got to have drinks in her garden, then watch her make pasta, and of course eat and drink plenty. She had a 5 course meal for us which was spectacular, but mostly it was great chatting with her and Marcelo and discussing their life in Italy. Would love to visit again someday.

Glenn - July 2022

The food was wonderful. Franca was very welcoming. We enjoyed the hours with her and her family. I’d advise to double check market opening times before booking a market tour.

Chuck - July 2022

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