It’s located right next to University of Bari, but the crowd that you’ll meet for lunch or dinner at Bella Bari (Via Roberto da Bari 141, BARI 70100, Tel. 080-5235192) is rather a mix of politicians, actors & actresses, writers + advocats – “insomma gente benestante”, as they say for the rich and the beautiful of Bari. “It’s a classic”, explains Nicola, who has been running the place together with his two brothers for many years now; since they refurbished the interior a few months ago it seems to go through a new revival, one out of many over the years.
Ever tried Smashed Bean Soup with a twist of aromatic Scamorza cheese, wild onions, dried tomatoes and crispy bread? Here’s how Antonio Scalera, former “Grotta Palazzese” chef (Polignano), now the owner of La Bul Restaurant in Via Villari 52, Bari (www.labul.it), approaches the traditional recipe.
On the smashed bean cream he would first add a a couple of cooked whole beans, ”to make you realize you’re undoubtedly eating beans”, he says, while baking the Scamorza cheeze until it melts slightly.