Il Rustico, The Leccese Hot Pocket

Written by Katie Parla on June 1, 2010

rustico

Rusticoadj: Rustic; rural; of or relating to the country. noun: a baked savory snack made from puff pastry stuffed with bechamel, bits of mozzarella, black pepper, and a hint of tomato; the quintessential snack in southern Puglia.

In Lecce and Salento, the rustico is to savory treats what the puccia is to bread and pasticcio to is to pastries. This flakey, heavy disk is prepared in bakeries or sold at bars and caffes where it is eaten as a mid-morning, late afternoon, or late night snack. On my first trip to Lecce, I ate one at each of these snack intervals and, while not recommended by doctors, this approach is satisfying. My first stop in Lecce is always at Alvino in Piazza Sant’Oronzo for a quick rustico, eaten standing up at the bar to burn an extra 5 calories while I devour the dense, rich leccese hot pocket.

Keep Reading

Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe is a Roman classic pasta | Katie Parla

Eating in Rome on a Sunday

Rigatoni alla Gricia at Salumeria Roscioli in Rome is served with crispy guanciale and a dusting of Pecorino Romano.

Where to Eat & Drink & Shop for Food in Rome in 2023

Pezzi Roma Ravioli

Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get the Italy Lovers in Your Life