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Bari: Piccinni Ristorante

Via Piccinni, 28 , Phone: 080.5211227


Reviewed by: Kim from NJ (moderator), review #1438

When: 2005

I'm not crazy about this place and you can read the detailed review to understand why, but Chris would recommend it.

We went to Piccini in Bari because they had been listed on the "Buon Ricordo" website and I was in a search of plates.

We found Piccini easily enough in the new part of Bari, but for the life of us could not figure out how to get in. There was no handle on the door that we saw, or a bell to ring. We were about to give up when the door slid open, (ah-- it’s a slider), and we asked the man leaving if the restaurant was open. He wasn't an employee but turned around and yelled to the hostess, asking for us and she replied they were.

We entered and she seated us in the narrow, long front room, where eventually one other patron joined us but the other businessmen who entered were seated in a back room. I found this, like other Buon Ricordo places to be large and with a very small lunch crowd.

We eyed the menu but did not see a Buon Ricordo specialty and I got a pit in my stomach. I asked our server, and she explained they were out of plates and she didn't not know when she would receive more. Bummer. Major Bummer.

For antipasti Chris ordered Calamaretti all 'aglio con purea di fave' (12€) and I got 'Scamorza Grille in salsa di Acciughe Formaggi' (8€). I’m not crazy about mine; it lacks flavor but we like Chris’s. We do not have primi but for our secondi Chris gets grigliata con pesce e crostace (19€) while I get branzino (15€). We find my fish tastier and less “fishy” than Chris’s fish but neither dish is anything to rave about (perhaps we shouldn't order fish on a Monday).

We did enjoy the house white wine, a slightly sweet but refreshing wine actually made from a dessert wine grape, Terre di Orazio Aglianico (16€). With water, caffè, and coperto our bill came to 80€.

For the quality of food, I didn't find this worth the price, and while Chris gave it one star (if you’re there, it's an option), I have to believe you can do better. (Of course, if they had the BR plate I’d probably have a different opinion.)

Subsequent to this, although Piccinni still shows a Buon Ricordo affiliation on their website, they are no longer listed on the official Buon Ricordo website, so I can't help feeling this visit was wasted.

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