During our road trip around Puglia, we stopped in Lecce for a day. When evening rolled around, looking to have a casual dinner, we scoped out a place that served bombette – a popular Pugliese specialty that I had read about before our trip.
Fresh ingredients such as ham, eggplant, nuts, cheese, asparagus, and mushrooms are wrapped in fresh slabs of pork, which are then grilled to perfection. It was madness when we walked in. A sweaty horde of people gathered around the meat counter, the heavy scent of pork fat wafting through the air.
Clearly a “push your way through and shout what you want” kind of place, we stealthily made our way through the active mob crowding around the glass display showcasing an impressing variety of bombette.
We hurriedly ordered around 4 types of bombette and some stracetti (breaded beef strips), before being ushered into the main dining room. While they cooked our meat, they seated us and took our order for drinks and side dishes – a surprisingly efficient system considering this was Italy! We asked for a side order of potatoes, and to my astonishment, the waiter brought us two large baked potatoes! I had never before seen baked potatoes served anywhere in Italy. They were also dripping with butter, which made the experience all the more satisfying.
To top it off, for dessert, we had a big Perugina bacio in ice cream form!
All of this accompanied by a couple of cold Peronis…
and it was a good night.
All photos taken by me.