Top Choice Puglian in Lecce

Trattoria Il Rifugio della Buona Stella

A third-generation family restaurant in a gorgeous Leccese building with sandy stone walls and medieval decor, this wonderful trattoria serves utterly delicious Pugliese food at more-than-reasonable prices. Start of…
Top Choice Trattoria in Lecce

Trattoria le Zie - Cucina Casareccia

Where better to eat cucina casareccia (home cooking) than a place that feels like a private home, with patterned cement floor tiles, paper-strewn desk and a welcoming hostess (Carmela Perrone)? Known locally as simp…
Top Choice Seafood in Otranto

L'Altro Baffo

This elegant modern restaurant near the castle stands out in Otranto's competitive dining scene. It stays in touch with basic Pugliese and Italian principles, but ratchets things up several notches: the 'carbonara' …
Top Choice Seafood in Gallipoli

La Puritate

Book ahead to ensure your table at the place for fish in this seafood-loving town. Follow the practically obligatory seafood antipasti with delicious primi (first courses). Anything fishy is good (especially the pra…
Top Choice Gelato in Lecce

Baldo Gelato

The couple behind Baldo Gelato make the best gelato in Lecce, hands down. The dark chocolate may be the most intensely chocolatey thing you've ever put in your mouth.
Puglian in Lecce

Alle due Corti

Rosalba de Carlo, a noted repository of Salento gustatory wisdom, is the presiding authority in this authentic-as-it gets Pugliese kitchen. 'The Two Courts' keeps it strictly seasonal and local, dishing up classics …
Puglian in Lecce


You'll eat handsomely at the in-house restaurant of the Patria Palace Hotel, right in the heart of old Lecce. The food is Puglian, mainly elevated examples of robust peasant cuisine, such as risotto with Gallipoli's…
Sandwiches in Gallipoli

Baguetteria de Pace

The Italian art of making truly exceptional sandwiches is practised assiduously here. Choose the dense Italian bread (or a baguette if you're feeling fluffy) and have the friendly staff stuff it with top-notch small…
Trattoria in Taranto

Trattoria al Gatto Rosso

Unsurprisingly, seafood is the thing at the Red Cat. Relaxed and unpretentious, its heavy tablecloths, deep wine glasses and solid cutlery set the scene for full enjoyment of dishes such as spaghetti with local clam…
Puglian in Lecce

La Torre di Merlino

This sweet courtyard restaurant is dependably one of Lecce's best eating options. There are pizzas, but why would you, when the seafood's so good? Try the antipasti di crude di mare (spanking-fresh raw scallops, red…