If there is one place on earth where eating copious amounts of fat all day long gives me no remorse, it’s Lecce. The whole place is swarming with sweet and savory temptations heavy on the olive oil (pizzi), besciamel (rustico), cream (espressini freddi), butter (pasticciotti), and whole milk (gelato). At Natale, a gelatetia and pastry shop just off Piazza Sant’Oronzo, they serve gelato al pasticciotto, an ode to the typical leccese sweet, rich in vanilla and fortified by egg yolks with big chunks of shortbread crust folded in. Yesterday I had a cup of it with a scoop of gelato al mustazzolo, named for the dense local cookie made with cooked wine must, toasted almonds, cacao, sugar and spices.

Gelateria Natale
Via Trinchese, 7
Lecce – Italia
0832. 256.060

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Carbs · Culture · Food & Wine · Gastronomic Traditions · Gelato · Puglia · Sweets & Dessert


  • Katie, glad to have stumbled upon your blog, we (me ,my hubs and my two boy 5 and 8) will be visitng Rome in the 1st week of July and we are all very exicted. We are strict vegeterians and wanted to get your opinion/option on veggie choices are veggie choices very common ? are there specific sign/boards that mention veggie choices. I really am looking forward to your reply.


  • […] Natale: Just around the block from Alvino, this much loved gelateria serve classic flavors, as well as more creative ones inspired by local specialites. The pasticciotto and mustazziolo are unique and I’ve heard good things about the stracciatella Thai, but have yet to try it. Via Trinchese 7, Lecce. […]

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