/Di Cosimo, Bari's Temple of U' Panzerrott'

Di Cosimo, Bari's Temple of U' Panzerrott'

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One of Bari’s many culinary specialties is u’ panzerott’ (il panzerotto), a dough stuffed with mozzarella and a hint of tomato and deep fried (well, technically they can be baked, too, but why anyone would pass over fried food is beyond me). At Di Cosimo, situated just off Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII near the Policlinico, panzerotto production has been elevated to an art form. I had the great fortune of going there last week with some friends and was stunned at the free-for-all that awaited us. Outside, dozens of people leaned against cars and scooters while they mowed through their deep fried treats. Inside, the place was packed so tight, it was a struggle to get to the ticket dispensers (one each for ordering either fried or baked panzerotti) to take a number.

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Amidst all this chaos, we decided to sit in the back and have table service. Getting there was a challenge, but with a few choice elbow jabs for leverage, we made it back past the frier to the badly lit hall. There, they will only serve panzerotti if you order a pizza, too, which is not such a bad thing. Just bring your appetite.

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We ordered a margherita pizza each and two panzerotti to share. The pizza was excellent, similar to Neapolitan style, and gave us something to snack on while waiting for the panzerotti to cool off. As delicious as they are, they present quite a burn risk since they are served immediately after being taken out of a vat of boiling oil. I learned to wait the hard way, suffering a burn on my thumb the previous day. But they are worth the danger and Di Cosimo’s panzerotti are legendary for a reason. For being deep fried, they are surprisingly light and the tomato and mozzarella inside mingle perfectly. This is one of those simple dishes that makes me want to pick up and move south. I would have to live a long walk away from Di Cosimo…

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2016-01-07T14:37:56+00:00 May 11th, 2009|Categories: Fried Foods, Pizza, Puglia, Restaurants|7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. CyrilBuzz June 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Flying down to Bari Wednesday to Friday, high time I discovered those Panzerotto. A night at Al Gambero will also be a must for seafood galore. Have you ever tried il Crudo ? quinto quarto takes / is guts but chewing and swallowing fresh uncooked squids is another “acquired” taste …

  2. Katie June 7, 2009 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I LOVE crudi! raw squid is one of my favorite things ever. I have to say raw cuttlefish isnt my favorite but I’ll eat just about any other type of raw fish or crustacean. My favorite place in the area for crudi is Da Tuccino in Polignano a Mare. Will you make it there?

  3. CyrilBuzz June 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I’m impressed … well, I noted your Bari recommendations so we’ll see if I can convince my Barese colleagues to take our guests (auditors from HQ) to Polignano for the evening. At least we’ll do Di Cosimo and Gambero : under the Gambero terrace,it’s really exciting to find yourself in almost a Fellini movie, ubriacco di pesce, without necessarily drinking like a fish

  4. Orsi June 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Hi there! I just found your blog, and im loving it!I was searching for Di Cosimo on google thats how i found you. Im a fellow traveller/writer/chef and i just got back from Bari, where my boyfriend took me for a panzarotti dinner. it was fantastic!!!!
    Anyway, u found urself a new reader! Take care!
    Bye
    Orsi

  5. Baol August 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Di Cosimo’s panzerotto is one of the wonderful things in the world i try to eat it once a month at least…

    • Katie August 18, 2010 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      lucky you! I’m obsessed with them and wish Di Cosimo was a shorter drive from Rome!

  6. Frank carone June 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Sono nato a bitritto bari e vorrei una ricetta dei panzerotti alla barese grazie

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