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Reviewed 6 December 2019

Don't miss out - this is a hidden jewel. The location is magical; it almost feels like entering another world. We went for dinner on a cold and rainy night, and when we entered the glorious vaulted hall lined with the huge old wine casks...it was a revelation. Not only that, it was well heated. (There is a glorious courtyard for the warm months as well.) The lady who served us was incredibly knowledgeable about food and wine - both specifically to this restaurant and generally - and the history of the locale, as well as being able to remember many different orders without recourse to notes. The "amuse-bouches" were glorious, the various antipasti and primi one better than the other, although the prize must go to the capocollo and burrata - the best dish I have eaten in at least the last year, if not longer. I didn't have a secondo, but those who did pronounced them all excellent. Our red wine was also excellent; not too overwhelming, as sometimes happens in southern Italy. Other reviewers have mentioned the cost; we thought it was extremely good value, given the freshness of the locally-sourced ingredients and the unique location, not to mention the wonderful staff. I would not hesitate to recommend this unusual place to any discerning diner who knows and appreciates quality.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Driving on the Monteroni-Lecce road you quite do not realize that a restaurand is hiding along the road. All you see is an ancient tufo (the local building stone) cave. Once you enter, the scenario changes, and you are into a surprising piece of old...industrial architecture, with walls carved directly into the soft sandstone. The atmosphere is of great suggestion, especially if you dine in the open; unfortunately, cooking is not at the same level. Maybe they want to surprise your taste, maybe there is a little bit of affectation: the result is an excess of herbs and seasonings, which may leave your mouth too full of conflicting flavours. And, moreover, keep under control the costs of what you are going to order, just to avoid unpleasant surprises in the final bill.More

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We were recommended this place by friends. The location is stunning, and based on this the atmosphere of the restaurant is marvelous. We were really excited when we got there. Unfortunately the food did not live up to our expectations (or the prices). The ingredients...themselves were outstanding (great burrata, capocollo, vegetables, fish etc) but the dishes just did not work. For mains, we had the scorpion fish which was very tasteless and underseasoned (and the presence of avocado with this dish was perplexing to say the least), and the tuna steak which was grossly overcooked and could have come out of a tin for this reason. In general, the staff here were great (very accommodating), the atmosphere amazing, but the person behind the food needs to work on the dishes a bit because there is no excuse when you have such amazing ingredients that you have in Puglia.More

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

The location of Malcandrino is amazing, embedded in a tufo cave close to Lecce. Beside this, the food is based on traditional tastes with a sophisticated elaboration. We appreciated the appetizers, the pasta was ok, the filet was very good. The service is good and...the owners are keen to present and explain the plates, as well as very competent in recommending the right wine. A program of cultural events completes the picture.More

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed 31 May 2016

An ancient stone quarry is now a beautiful and romantic restaurant where in you can enjoy the typical cuisine. Excellent food and location for a cheap price.

Date of visit: May 2016
Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by our B&B owner. We returned twice in the week as we liked it so much. We drove past it twice the first evening as it is easy to miss from the road. The location is absolutely amazing, unique,...restored with simple elegance. The food was beautifully presented and delicious too with wonderful attention to detail. The maitre/sommelier is delightful, she took us around the restaurant on the first evening and with her great knowledge of wines helped us taste some of the local products. We would recommend the burrata starter (foto), the octopus starter (foto), the calamarata seafood pasta dish and both the seared tuna (foto) and entrecôte (foto) main courses. Each night we ordered a starter and main course each with a bottle of wine to share and spent c.€75 per night. An absolute must if you are the area!More

Date of visit: August 2015
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

The place of this restaurant is really outstanding; just to have a look at the cave and sourroundings is quite an experience. You can have dinner in the old cave with big barrels around you. Service is good. As far as the food is concerned...both fish and meat are good; i had filetto and was good and well cooked. A place not to be missed when in salento.More

Date of visit: July 2015
Reviewed 2 June 2015

It was once an underground quarry which was later used to store wine (the enormous, old barrels are still there). The food was delicious, service impeccable (very professional staff) and when we had finished, the chef came out to see if we were satisfied with...our meal. They even bake their own bread. Everything was accompanied by the wonderful wines from the nearby Apollonio Winery which we had visited earlier in the evening. All in all, a fantastic experience and we will definitely be going back again.More

Date of visit: June 2015
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5