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    10 Things to eat in Bari and where

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    Puglia is certainly a region rich in historical, natural and landscape beauties, but do we want to forget about gastronomy? In this article we want to talk mainly about its capital, Bari, an equally historic city and with a rich and varied cuisine that offers many delicacies with a long tradition.

    Many typical Apulian dishes in fact have their roots in Bari and we will tell you about them below. Discover with us the 10 things to eat in Bari and where!


    1. Orecchiette with turnip tops
    2. Focaccia bread
    3. sgagliozze
    4. Raw seafood
    5. Rice, Mussels and Potatoes
    6. Horse chops
    7. Octopus in His Water
    8. Turnovers
    9. Nnailmeridde
    10. Sporcamuss
    11. Where to eat in Bari: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
    12. User questions and comments

    1 - Orecchiette with turnip tops

    The orecchiette are the undisputed queens of Apulian cuisine and we want to start with them because few know that this popular dish was born in Bari! It goes without saying that their name derives from the unmistakable shape of small ears.

    La more traditional and widespread recipe is the one with turnip greens, easy to prepare by simply frying the turnip greens with garlic and oil and, preferably, adding chilli. If you are not a lover of turnips, no problem! In their place of birth certainly there is no shortage of variants, for example, among the most common, those with sausage, broccoli, fish based, or with meat sauce.

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 6,00
    • Main ingredients: orecchiette, turnip greens

    2 - Focaccia

    Another widespread preparation of the Bari cuisine is focaccia, una delicious and creative street food idea perfect at all times, both as a snack and as an accompaniment to meals.

    The recipe was born as anti-waste of the initial oven heat before the temperature stabilizes for baking traditional bread, and involves a mixture of semolina flour, boiled potatoes, water, yeast and salt. The classic version is served topped with cherry tomatoes and olives but, like all foods of this kind, every bakery has many versions.

    • Recommended to: always
    • Average cost: € 1,50 per piece
    • Main ingredients: water, flour, yeast, boiled potatoes

    3 - Sgagliozze

    If we said polenta no one would believe it since it was Bari, yet the sgagliozze they are really fried slices of polenta! They have a square shape and are served fried and well covered with salt.

    A 'another street food idea to be enjoyed while walking, also ideal as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to an aperitif, in fact they go well with pieces of cheese, olives and various sauces.

    • Recommended to: always
    • Average cost: € 2,00 per portion
    • Main ingredients: corn flour

    4 - Raw Seafood

    This is not a recipe, but a a tradition that is found in every fish restaurant in Bari. In fact, raw seafood was served in Bari even before sushi began to depopulate and is composed of the most varied species (cuttlefish, canollicchi, octopus, oysters, clams, mussels, scampi, tuna and salmon carpaccio).

    It has always come enjoyed both as an appetizer and as an aperitif, but there are also those who stock it up at the fishmonger's to eat it on the go while walking. And here the question arises: shouldn't we add a splash of lemon? For purists, absolutely not! Raw seafood can be enjoyed naturally!

    • Recommended to: always
    • Average cost: € 15,00
    • Main ingredients: mixed raw fish

    5 - Rice, Mussels and Potatoes

    Among his first courses the Bari cuisine offers a unusual combination of sea and land: mussels and potatoes. They sound strange together right? But not if you are in Bari, where it is one of the favorite combinations of the inhabitants.

    Rice with mussels and potatoes is a simple and light recipe proposed in two versions. The first is the risotto, so everything is cooked together on the fire with the broth obtained from the mussels and creamed on the finish, while the second version is prepared in the oven by first cooking everything separately or together on the fire and then transferring the result to the oven where it will be formed. a crunchy golden browning.

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 12,00
    • Main ingredients: rice, mussels and potatoes

    6 - Horse chops

    Un fixed appointment for Sunday lunch of Bari and on holidays! The chops are rolls which, in the case of Bari cuisine, are prepared using horse meat. The recipe sounds simple but it actually requires a lot of work. But the result will be really delicious and tasty!

    First of all the chops must be stuffed, in this case with caciocavallo and lard, to then be cooked in the sauce until they become tender. The dish therefore contains a substantial preparation with tasty meat, a soft and stringy heart, and an exquisite topping.

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 12,00
    • Main ingredients: slices of horse, caciocavallo, lard, ragù

    7 - Octopus in His Water

    An unmissable fish in the Bari tradition is the octopus, which is held so much that throughout the territory there are dedicated festivals! In fact, in Bari the dish is very popular in restaurants offering homemade cuisine and you will find it on the menu under the heading "L pulp in da acqua lor", or octopus in its water because it is cooked directly with the other ingredients so as to release the water contained in it enriching the sauce.

    The ingredients of the recipe are simply tomato puree, cherry tomatoes, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper, to which, in some variations, white wine or beer can be added to blend the fish. A tasty recipe but that needs a lot of attention to finish cooking when the octopus is cooked to the right point before it becomes too chewy and then served as a soup or sauteed with spaghetti or linguine and become an excellent first course.

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 15,00
    • Main ingredients: octopus, tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes

    8 - Panzerotti

    If we talk about Bari we cannot forget the panzerotti! Known in other regions also as calzone and fried pizza, panzerotti are instead there Bari variant prepared in a smaller version but always in the shape of a crescent and frying the pizza dough closed on itself with a delicious filling inside.

    La traditional recipe includes a filling of mozzarella and tomato sauce but being now a must of street food, aperitifs and appetizers from Bari, the variants offered are many such as those stuffed with meat sauce, ham and mozzarella, vegetables etc. In short, on every occasion and in every version, with panzerotti you will not go hungry!

    • Recommended to: always
    • Average cost: € 1,50 per piece
    • Main ingredients: water, flour, yeast, tomato, mozzarella

    9 - Nnailmeridde

    According to the name, it doesn't even sound like an Italian dish, and instead it's another must of Bari cuisine. Served as a main course but also available in street food during a walk through the streets of Bari, the naltimeridde are lamb or kid offal rolls wrapped in their own gut.

    The stalls in the street prepare them on the grill while in the restaurants they are served as a main course and are fried with garlic, onion and creamed with parsley, cherry tomatoes and spicy pecorino. In any case, even if reading it like this may seem like a strange recipe, we guarantee you that it is a goodness to try absolutely!

    • Recommended to: snack, lunch, dinner
    • Average cost: € 10,00 per portion
    • Main ingredients: lamb entrails and intestines

    10 - Sporcamuss

    Let's finish the typical dishes of Bari with a delicious dessert: sporcamuss! The translation is quite intuitive, in fact it means dirty face and immediately understand the reason. It is about two squares of puff pastry between which a layer of cream is placed covering completely with powdered sugar.

    Just the first bite will be enough to make sense of the name of this exquisite and inviting dessert since inevitably the lips and tip of the nose will be full of sugar, but we are sure that this will not stop you from tasting it indeed you will probably eat more and more!

    • Recommended to: breakfast, snack, dessert for lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 1,00 per piece / € 4,00 per portion
    • Main ingredients: puff pastry, cream, powdered sugar

    Where to eat in Bari: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

    The city life of Bari develops mainly between the network of alleys in the historic center divided between Bari Vecchia and the Murat district, the modern part of the center. Here tourists and locals choose every day to have their meals from a simple breakfast in one of the many pastry shops, to an aperitif in the bars and snacks in the street food stalls, to lunches and dinners in the wide choice of places present.

    In fact, in Bari the taste of each person can be satisfied with typical places such as taverns and trattorias, and medium and high level restaurants with revisited cuisine.
    Here are the best places to eat in Bari:

    1 - Osteria Villari

    • Description: tavern with a modern atmosphere with home cooking of the Bari tradition
    • specialty: orecchiette with turnip tops
    • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
    • Address: via Pasquale Villari, 54 - Get directions / tel: 3284132630

    2 - Terranima Restaurant

    • Description: historic restaurant with vintage atmosphere and Apulian cuisine based on 0 km ingredients
    • specialty: local cured meats and cheeses with focaccia from Bari
    • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
    • Address: via Nicolò Putignani, 213 - Get directions / tel: 0805219725

    3 - The Lair of the Octopus

    • Description: family atmosphere with wooden furnishings, Bari cuisine and fish dishes
    • specialty: raw seafood with the catch of the day
    • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
    • Address: Strada Vallisa, 50 - Get directions / tel: 0809753338

    4 - The Bul

    • Description: vintage and starred bistro with internal courtyard and revisited and creative Apulian cuisine
    • specialty: octopus in two cooking, mousse and grilled first salt
    • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
    • Address: via Pasquale Villari, 52 - Get directions / tel: 0805230576

    5 - Osteria Wines and Cuisine

    • Description: historic and informal restaurant with homemade Bari cuisine and a wide choice of local wines
    • specialty: octopus in its water
    • Average price: from € 12,00 per person
    • Address: Strada Vallisa, 23 - Get directions / tel: 330433018

    6 - The Sgagliozze by Donna Carmela

    • Description: street food and other typical family-run Bari dishes in an informal setting
    • specialty: sgagliozze
    • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
    • Address: Largo Apricocca - Get directions
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