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Lecce: Li Spilusi Pizzeria Trattoria

Outskirts of Lecce (in Arnesano) / via Gramsci , Phone: 0832-323576

Reviewed by: Dorit from Israel, review #2447

When: 2007

One of our best choices in entire holiday. Ate here four times. Excellent food, wonderful host, most highly recommended!!!!

We got to this wonderful little trattoria on the recommendation of Andrea of Villa Giuliana B&B where we were staying while in Lecce (outskirts of Lecce in Arnesano). The proprietor received us and we ordered. He first brought out some outstanding homemade breads (some baked with olives and thanks to a previous poster who warned about them containing the pits!!!) with a very nice cheese, on the house. We had some insalata mista which was more than just a dollop of veggies, it was nice after so long without, 2 pasta dishes, one omelet and water. He rounded off our meal with some freshly cut watermelon, on the house, 3 coffees on the house, and then asked if we would like to taste a special house liquor. It was THE BEST ever. It was made with a special wine from this region (Negroamaro), added cherries and alcohol and was served almost frozen. It was amazing!! I wanted to buy some but he said he has no more left and the old lady who makes it from the cherries on her lone tree only has so many she can make!!!

On our next visit here, the same evening, we had a fabulous antipasti of grilled veggies, special breads, fried meats, cheeses, etc. We chose the pureed fave with chicory and bread crostini for our light meal. Tasty. Very strong red and white wine was delicious. The proprietor insists once again to finish our meal with the luscious cherry liquor of lunch, to which we cannot say no.

On our third visit, we had some appetizers of delicious fava beans and a warm salad of marinated beets and turnips with their special bread baked with olives. A very fresh garden salad, insalata mista, together with veal scallopini in white wine was our main dish tonight. We shared some red wine, finished a bottle actually between the three of us. And then Francesco (the proprietor) kind of insisted we try a very special desert which was like a frozen homemade ice cream in chocolate and nocciola flavors, very good, which you then pour some special liquor onto.

Our last dinner here the night before we left Lecce started with the regular cheese and breads, a fabulous insalate caprese with buffalo mozzarella, beefsteak and fava beans (got the recipe this time!!!) and ended with the famous cherry liquor!!

None of our meals exceeded 50 for 3 people and I believe the most expensive was about 46. We were always greeted warmly by Francesco, the waiters, the chefs, etc. and while this restaurant is out of the actual city of Lecce, we all still highly highly recommend it.

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