22 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Believe it or not this was my first time at this Italian restaurant specializing in regional Italian cuisine from Puglia.  I do love Italian food and few things are better than authentic ethnic foods.  My dinner date had never been to Bari either and was relying on me to order something tasty and exciting. To start, I ordered the Cozze con Limone e L’arancia (i.e. – mussels with lemon and orange) and a bottle of wine.  Bari has a wonderful selection of Italian wines offering many by the glass and also wine flights.  Although we did not partake, Bari also serves cheese flights. I’m already looking forward to returning and sampling some of these surely delectable Italian cheeses.

According to their website, the menu portions are smaller so you may order multiple courses and all courses must be ordered together. So we also ordered salads, orecchiette alla pugliese (for me), and salmon (for him). Since this is a restaurant featuring foods from Puglia as you can imagine the menu is almost solely comprised of seafood.

The mussels arrived looking all plump and delicious, and they were a delight! Meaty and citrus-y! I could return and just have mussels and a couple of the select cheeses with a glass (or two) of wine and be content; that’s how good they were.  Next came the salads. There’s not too much one can really say about a salad especially the one we ordered – romaine salad comprised of romaine lettuce, anchovies, lemon, and parmigiano-reggiano.  To end the pasta and salmon. My orecchiette was perfectly chewy. I loved the rapini and of course the tomatoes, which added a great flavor.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Bari and am definitely looking forward to returning soon. If you haven’t been to Bari and would like to check it out may I suggest their Slow Food Wine Dinner Tuesday, March 29th.  For more info go to

Cozze con Limone e L’arancia           $11
Romaine          $7
Orecchiette alla Pugliese         $8

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