The name puccia comes from the type of bread that this amazing Italian sandwich is made with. This street food is a typical dish of the local cuisine of Puglia and consists of a homemade pita-like bread filled in with an array of toppings : marinated or grilled aubergine, zucchini, pepperoni, artichokes, olives, sun-dried or fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, tuna, capers, rucola, horse meat, beef, wilted chicory, mushrooms prosciutto, just to name a few. And of course, the ubiquitous olive oil and the traditional pesto spread. All you need to do is bring your appetite and be creative when choosing your favorite ingredients for the pita pocket.
The puccia is then oven-baked and the result is a dreamy, soft and crunchy goodness. (have I mentioned melting mozzarella?)
So if you ever get to Lecce and you would like to have a lunch, light dinner or just a snack, and at the same time experience local cuisine with just 5 euro (!), you should visit this little place L’angolino (= little corner). It’s in the center of the city, so it is just perfect for the wandering tourist and in case you need any advice on the combination of the 5 ingredients, the owner Antonio is there to assist you. It’s worth my praise, trust me! Not for nothing is this corner of heaven no 1 on Tripadvisor of 415 restaurants in Lecce.
P.S. Lecce is a beautiful baroque town in Puglia, just at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and it is worth a visit, for sure. We traveled by train from Bari to Lecce – around 1 hour and 45 min/ 10 euro one way.