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Nestled amidst the sun-kissed landscapes of Puglia, Italy, lies the enchanting city of Lecce. Steeped in history and adorned with breathtaking Baroque architecture, Lecce beckons travellers to embark on a journey of discovery through its winding streets and ancient alleyways. Join us as we delve into the rich tapestry of Lecce’s past, present, and culinary delights, and uncover the treasures that make this city a true gem of southern Italy.
Lecce’s roots trace back to ancient times, with evidence of settlements dating back to the Roman and Greek periods. However, it was during the Baroque era that Lecce reached its zenith, leaving behind a legacy of stunning architecture that still graces its streets today. The city’s intricate Baroque buildings, adorned with ornate carvings and elaborate facades, tell the story of its illustrious past and its significance as a cultural and artistic hub in southern Italy.
Visiting Lecce is like stepping into a living museum, where every corner reveals a new tale of the city’s vibrant culture. From the lively piazzas where locals gather to socialise, to the narrow alleys lined with artisan workshops and boutiques, Lecce offers a myriad of experiences to enchant every visitor. Don’t miss the chance to witness the traditional art of papier-mâché crafting, a skill passed down through generations and celebrated in Lecce’s renowned artisan workshops. And as the sun sets, immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of a traditional “pizzica” dance performance, where the rhythms of tambourines and mandolins echo through the streets, capturing the spirit of Puglian folklore.
No visit to Lecce would be complete without indulging in the culinary delights that define Puglian cuisine. And at the heart of this gastronomic adventure lies the iconic puccia sandwich. Made with love and filled with an array of local ingredients, the puccia embodies the essence of Puglian street food. Sink your teeth into the warm, freshly baked bread, filled with creamy burrata cheese, slices of spicy salami, and sun-ripened tomatoes, and let your taste buds dance with delight. Whether enjoyed as a quick snack on the go or savoured leisurely at a quaint café, the puccia offers a taste of Lecce’s culinary heritage that will leave you craving more.
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Recipe From Italy

Tomato & Mozzarella Puccia


  • 250g plain flour
  • 5g instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 150ml lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 150g fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the plain flour, instant yeast, and salt. Mix well.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the lukewarm water and olive oil. Stir until a dough forms.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat your oven to 200°C (390°F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into two equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and then flatten them into rounds, about 1cm thick.
  7. Place the dough rounds on the prepared baking tray and let them rest for another 15 minutes.
  8. After resting, use your fingers to create slight indentations on the surface of each dough round.
  9. Top each dough round with slices of tomato and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and scatter some fresh basil leaves over the top if desired.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the puccia are golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  11. Remove from the oven and let the Tomato & Mozzarella Puccia cool slightly before serving.
  12. Enjoy your homemade Tomato & Mozzarella Puccia warm as a delicious snack or light meal!

Feel free to adjust the toppings according to your preferences, adding ingredients like olives, prosciutto, or pesto for extra flavour. Enjoy your homemade puccia!

If you don’t fancy making your own, come by our restaurant in London’s Canary Wharf and enjoy a freshly baked Puccia for just £14 on our lunch menu. Click here for more details.

As you wander through the sun-drenched streets of Lecce, you’ll find yourself captivated by the city’s timeless charm and allure. From its ancient landmarks to its vibrant cultural scene and mouthwatering cuisine, Lecce offers a truly unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on your heart and palate alike. So come, immerse yourself in the magic of Lecce, and let this enchanting city weave its spell upon you.