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Osteria da Cosimino

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Via Gaetano Argento 14, 73100, Lecce, Italy
+39 0832 493648
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Sat 19:00 - 00:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2014 via mobile

I've been here a few times now at lunchtime for a casual 'aperitivo'. We usually get a selection of nibbles including bruschetta, mozzarelline and fried meatballs. The bruschetta is quite tasty and simple. I personally find the meatballs etc much too heavy, but their flavours are fine. The house wine isn't great but there are plenty others to choose from.... More 

Thank elmo57
Lecce, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Excellent local dishes. Veggie antipasto and fave e cicoria is amazing and for my meat eating husband pezzetti di cavallo were some of the best ever he said. The house red is pretty good as are the Waiters and there is a nice little enclosed courtyard for a romantic atmosphere. Pretty good overall.

Thank Tinas A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

I had lunch and dinner here in November 2013 and enjoyed both meals. Christian was my waiter and he was very attentive. For lunch, I had antipasto all'Italina and pasta fresco con fungi, salsaccia e rucola. Both were quite tasty but the antipasto was so filling, I could not eat all my pasta. The vino rosso della casa is only... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Service was very good but food was just average. Good value for the money but not what I expected after reading other reviews. There was almost no one in the restaurant when we arrived at 9 PM and we assumed it would start to fill up but it didn't. The seafood salad was rather tough and chewy and it would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

We were the first table to arrive and our welcome was very warm. However the disappointment was apparent when only ordered simple pasta dishes for 3 and swordfish for 1 with sparkling water....when the restaurant started filling with groups of lavish diners ordering large quantities of wine being served with enumerous dishes much of which was sampled and then left... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

After 8 years, it is nice to find a good quality restaurant which regularly serves lovely meals at a reasonable price, with reasonable service. There is an excellent selection of wines. The only problem is the all- invasive television!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 15:30
19:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Gaetano Argento 14, 73100, Lecce, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Puglia  >  Province of Lecce  >  Lecce
  • Phone Number: +39 0832 493648
The true culinary tradition of Lecce is to be found at Cosimino's Osteria*. Just a few hundred meters from the Old Town, in a new and welcoming atmosphere, Cosimino's sons Luigi and Gianfranco have been the heirs to this culture, handed down to them since its inception in 1960. The Osteria has been a cult destination over the years, where home style cuisine - from pezzetti te cavallu(1) to mieru(2) - goes hand in hand with folklore and storytelling. Today these pleasures live on and are enjoyed with the same passion and verve as in older times. With us you can delight in typical Salentine dishes paired with the robust flavor of Malvasia wine. Through the masterfulness of Cosimino - a Leccese CULINARY INSTITUTION - enjoy, just as in the past, pezzetti te cavallu al sugo(1), turcineddhi(3), or sagna 'ncannulata(4) , richly seasoned with regular or sharp ricotta cheese.
Today, Luigi and Gianfranco proudly carry on, bearing high the name of the Osteria, a place where until not long ago tressette, briscola, and scopone(5) were still played, a place which was (it seems only yesterday) off limits to women, and where today you can still savor an authenticity of spirit while spending an evening in the company of friends and good wine.
The noted 13th century poet Cecco Angiolieri was known to say, "Three things bring me happiness - women, the tavern and dice."
So, you bring the women and dice, and we'll take care of the tavern. We hope everything will be to your pleasure, and we wish you an enjoyable time. Perhaps if you order pezzetti and mieru, Cosimino himself will bring it to your table.
If what you're looking for is the civility of another era, come and relax with us.

* osteria - a tavern, bar, and/or casual eatery, a convivial place where the principal attractions are wine, food, informal hospitality and companionship

(1) pezzetti di cavallo al sugo- chunks of horse meat in spicy tomato sauce
(2) mieru - wine, in Leccese dialect
(3) turcineddhi - entrails (heart, lungs, liver, etc) roughly chopped, seasoned, wrapped in sausage-like casing and grilled.
(4) sagna 'ncannulata - flat, lasagna-like, durum wheat pasta, cut into strips and rolled into spiral tubes
(5) tressette, briscola, and scopone - popular card gamesadvisor.

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