Custard Pie from Lecce
The city of Lecce in Puglia is famous for its custard pies. So much so that tourists and locals queue at Caffé Alvino on Piazza Sant’Oronzo to sample the pasticciotto leccese.
I won’t even attempt to describe the wonder of the traditional custard pies from Lecce. The sweet and slightly crunchy crust hiding a soft vanilla cream is heaven on a spoon.
In contrast to the traditional custard pies from Portugal, Pasticciotto Leccese is all covered in a short pastry crust, which means you can eat it as you go even though the custard cream is slightly runny. That would be a pity if you are in Lecce though. Here the custard pie should be savoured in the shadow of an outdoor cafe along with a strong espresso, while you are people watching and trying to keep the pigeons away.