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Il Banco

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Italian, Spanish, Delicatessen, Tapas, Wine Bar
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Via Umberto I 1, 73100 Lecce, Italy
3294186077
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Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely little atmospheric bar just off a side street in Lecce

I only had a glass of the local community red wine but it was delicious and only three Euro. The place has a really cool decor and jazz music. There is a lively atmosphere and it is clearly loved by the locals. Stop here on or on the way back from the beautiful Basilica Di Santa Croce.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
SarahJamie5
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Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I only had a glass of the local community red wine but it was delicious and only three Euro. The place has a really cool decor and jazz music. There is a lively atmosphere and it is clearly loved by the locals. Stop here on or on the way back from the beautiful Basilica Di Santa Croce.

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letterkenny
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I've never eaten here, but have been a few times for a casual beer. I'm not Italian but have recently moved to Lecce. I visited one evening with a non-Italian friend. We ordered and sat at a table and drank our beer. When it came to ordering another, it was difficult to catch the staff's attention. They weren't particularly busy,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Gorgeous little wine bar/beer place. The choice of wine was small, but the waitress was really helpful in recommending something and we ended up with a delicious local wine for only 13 Euro. In addition we ordered a plate of cheese and hams and it was delicious. Really atmospheric little place, not at all touristy and I would definitely go... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Seems like this is a place where a regular crowd frequents. Everyone seemed to know and greet each other. We easily ordered our first glass of wine (I know it is a beer joint) and it was delicious, so awhile later we wanted another...but no one came and asked us or acknowledged we were sitting there so that we could... More 

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Great option for a light dinner: an extensive selection of small, tapas style options. Cured meats, cheese, etc. all really great. However, the service is slow and unfriendly. It took a very long time to be served a drink, the food was slow to follow and any additional requests (such as another glass of wine) were treated as a hassle.... More 

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Grazie per la recensione e per l'apprezzamento del cibo non sono per niente d'accordo per il servizio da lei descritto... More 

Brindisi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

One of my friends invited me to this place and it was simple, humble, relaxing and full of young creative people. Most importabtly, there are no words to describe the quality of the home made beer that you can buy here. It is called 3/4

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here for a drink and a snack one evening and we were so impressed we went back twice during our stay. The wine is top quality and the food is really tasty; we were there for the aperitivo one evening and the snacks and sandwiches that we tried were all really tasty. Whatsmore it has a great atmosphere... More 

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Naples, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Il Banco is a small place offering sandwiches, cheese and sliced meat platters, and salads. They have an extensive wine list and artisanal beer selection. We found it a delightful alternative to all the multi-course meals we've been eating on our trip. FRESH, HIGH QUALITY food!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We went here twice, first for an apertif and the day after for lunch. We had antipasto that was excellent both times. They serve good wine by the glass and they also make theit own beer, called 3/4 (named after the bottle size, I guess). The beer was unfiltered, unpasteurized and very good. I ordered a second bottle with the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Loved this little side street nugget. Great wine selection and wonderful meat and cheeses. Great to watch the world go by!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Umberto I 1, 73100 Lecce, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Puglia  >  Province of Lecce  >  Lecce
  • Phone Number: 3294186077

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish, Delicatessen, Tapas, Wine Bar

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