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“Outstanding typical cuisine”

Trattoria San Carlino
Ranked #504 of 603 Restaurants in Lecce
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 13, 2014

We visited this ancient restaurant on lunch in a sunny mid-March day. It's a traditional local with many pics on the walls going back to its long-lasting past.

We chose a fixed menu (€ 12 p.p) which included one first course (among 5 choices) and 1 main course (among 5 choices as well) and 1/2 l water. In any case, it was about the typical tasty Salento-gastronomy.

Definitely excellent and rich dishes, polite staff, very convenient location in the breathtaking historical centre of Lecce (inside the Medieval walls).

A place to come back every time you are in Lecce.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Stopped here for lunch whilst driving through Puglia.

The setting is simple and pitouresque located on the main tourist street.

The staff was friendly but spoke no English which in it self is NOT really a problem as they are very helpful.

The food was nothing extravagant but good genuine Italian.

The average rating is based on the fact the place is not more, not less.

a minus is the long wait, but it was lunch time.

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Thank Jason S
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Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

We ate here last night off the tourist menu, the food was delicious, one of the best meals we have had in Lecce. We plan to return tonight, our last night here. My husband had the orrechiette with tomato sauce, I had the same pasta with broccoli. It was a large and tasty portion. We then had sausage and chicken with salad which was very, very, good. We ordered the house red wine, perfect. The owner and the servers were all so very nice. This should be a definite stop while you are here, it is close to the Porta Rudaie.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

As I wanted to review Trattoria San Carlino, I read other tourists' reviews and really I could not believe my eyes.In short when I and my wife visited Lecce ( we were maybe 10-15 tourists scattered across the town) we found this Trattoria. We were the only clients. The owner greeted us, cooked for us ( reasonable waiting time), and attended our table. The food and wine were excellent, the stories about Salento region, wines and food were fascinating, the italian "orecchiette" turned me into an addicted one.
On the other hand I have no reason not to believe the other reviews depicting this place as a mixture of horror, bad attitude and worst food ever.
Therefore, as an educated piece of advice: if the Trattoria is quite empty, the owner in good mood try it- you could have a wonderful time. If it is crowded, with angry , sweated , unhappy customers- run for your life, "Scapatte" and grab a Kebab on your way out!!

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1  Thank nicu_moraru
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

we stayed in lecce at the start of september for four days. we went into the san carlino for lunch, it was fairly busy ,we waited for about twenty minutes before our order was taken, we asked for a bottle of water be fore our meal, no water arrived, we asked again still no water, finally the meal arrived , we asked again for water, this time it came . the meal which was mixed grilled fish, the salmon was so over cooked it was like shreded wheat , the cuttle fish looked like a tortoise upside down , and the sword fish i think was cut with a razor blade. the staff acted like they where doing you a favour. in serveing you. the meal was uneatable , so we decided to pay the bill and leave, even that was not easy ,after two requests for the bill , iwalked inside the resteraurant and paid. no tip

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Thank pamo666
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