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Cucina Casareccia, Lecce

19 Via Colonnello Costadura
Tel: 39 083 224 5178's insider take:

Known to locals simply as Le Zie ("the aunts"), this family-run trattoria still feels like the private house it once was, and is a perfect place to immerse yourself in the cucina povera of the region. Chef Anna Carmela Perrone turns out typical local dishes like the classic pure di fave con cicoria e pane fritto, a fava bean puree with braised wild chicory and fried bread into which you mash some peppery olive oil. This is also a good place to try Puglia's most famous pasta specialty, ear-shaped orecchiette served with a creamy green sauce of cime di rapa (turnip tops), spiked with a little chile to give it a bite. Horsemeat, served in tomato sugo, is another forte. The best idea is to let Perrone decide your menu (allow around $70 for a meal for two with house wine).

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