Rustici are small pastries that look very much like mini pies. They start cropping up in bars and pizzerias once you enter the province of Brindisi, but it is Lecce where they become ubiquitous.
The pastry itself is filo, which reflects the connection with Greek food and culture in this part of Italy; the Salento peninsula is where the food noticeably starts to mix Greek and Italian influences. The inside is pure Italian: some mixture of cheese, usually mozzarella, and tomato. Besciamel sauce is a popular, if hazardous, filling... Beware the super-heated besciamel rustico if you're tempted to bite down into the thing. Dangerously hot, and liable to end up all over you too.
Deceptively filling, the rustico also makes a very cheap lunch. At around one to two euros, you'd only want two at most. Delicious. Don't miss out on trying rustici in their hometown of Lecce.
Right in the main square by the old forum.
Useful for backpacking type travellers of course.
But some of the older houses must lack bathrooms and/or hot water.
First time I have ever seen Public Baths. I have heard of them of course.
But maybe I am jumping to conclusions. Maybe Bagni Pubblici is some sort of hip club, or gym, or meeting place for people of a particular persuasion.
That's one of the various ways to cook pasta in Salento. The recipe is simple, based on the match between fresh pasta and chick peas. The fresh tagliatelle are partly fried in olive oil and partly boiled in water . It's a wonderful match - maybe not really suitable for a diet but tasty, believe me!
The 'Pittule' are flour balls fried in olive oil. They can be enriched with olives or tomatoes, served as a starter in restaurant or at the local 'sagre' (village celebrations).
La pizzica is a....sensual dance of joy and love, tipical of Salento
Don't miss it.....she is warm, fascinating and irresistibly