The national cuisine of Bari is distinguished by widest choice of vegetable dishes, appetite pastries and traditional pasta with various sauces and garnishes. Travellers usually name the dish called «orecchiette» as one of the most original and exotic national dishes. This is delicious pasta with spices and turnips. Many consider this delicacy a classic example of home cooking. You can either try this dish if you come to a house of a local resident as a guest, or in prestigious restaurants of the city. In order to prepare the dish cooks use special pasta that is shaped like a small shell. The dish called «Tiella» is no less popular. The name of this meal can be literally translated as "terra cotta pot". It is prepared from premium quality rice, potatoes and mussels, which are generously seasoned with spices and herbs.
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It should be definitely noted that high-quality olive oil remains the main highlight of many types of pastas, salads and stews. The oil is produced in local factories. Meals made of fish also occupy an honorable place in the list of national dishes. The food cooked from various sorts of exotic seafood is no less popular. Fans of exotic meals and seafood should definitely not to forget to try «Ciambotto» stew, which is prepared from the finest and freshest seafood. Fans of meat dishes will be definitely satisfied from young lamb baked in a clay pot with fragrant onions and potatoes. Bari cheese is considered another important national product. The local mozzarella is still produced in accordance with old recipes. Cheese connoisseurs agree that the local sorts of cheese are distinguished by a truly unique and unforgettable taste.
In each restaurant of the city guests will be offered to try various vegetable salads, the basis of which usually make up such ingredients as broccoli, eggplant, spinach, zucchini and cauliflower. As a rule, olive oil is the most usual dressing for various salads. It perfectly reveals the original taste and flavor of vegetables. Do not forget to try «Taralli» bagels, which are one of the best ways to satisfy your hunger in between entertaining excursions. The bagels can be served either as a standalone snack, or as an aperitif. Crispy fresh bagels have become one of the main symbols of Bari. No meal here is possible without them. The local desserts will surely not disappoint even gourmet customers. Fresh and dried fruits, numerous berry syrups and honey are usually the basis of many sweet dishes. We should also note widest choice of wine. You will find a huge choice of numerous sorts of this drink in each local restaurant. Primitivo di Manduria is considered the most popular sort of red wine, and connoisseurs of white wine are recommended to try Martina Franca.