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Bari Ristorante e Enoteca

Bari is an Italian restaurant and wine bar just off Overton Square. Jason and Rebecca Severs opened the city’s only Southeastern Italian restaurant and wine bar almost 20 years ago.

Jason’s family is from Capurso, Italy — a small town outside Bari, Italy, which is the capital of the Puglia region. The restaurant features the cuisine of this part of Italy —serving antipasto, salads, meats and seafood, plus homemade pasta, bread and desserts that give diners a true taste of this Italian region.

With over 50 Italian cheeses on the menu, Bari is one of the best places in town to enjoy a cheese plate and a glass of wine.

Dishes like Branzino alla Griglia (whole grilled branzino stuffed with fennel and orange) and Penne con Tomate e Oliva (penne with sun-dried tomatoes, oil cured olives, capers and anchovies) offer an authentic taste of Puglia.

After dinner, head upstairs to their artisan cocktail lounge Dodici. With only 12 seats, the tiny bar offers an intimate space for imbibing carefully crafted cocktails.

22 S. Cooper St.; 901-722-2244; barimemphis.com