While wandering through the beautiful streets of Bari, it is a must to walk through the narrow alley where grandmothers hand-make and sell homemade pasta. They mostly make local pasta called orecchiette, but the offer is much wider.
Orecchiette is a type of Italian pasta that resembles a small ear (orecchio). They are typical for the Apulia region in southern Italy.
Local women open their doors in the morning, set up wooden stands in front of them, and start making pasta. Some make it at home in the kitchen, which you can peek into directly from the street, while others make it outside. They chat lively among themselves and smile at passing curious people.
The price is not high. If you have the opportunity to cook fresh pasta for lunch or dinner, you can look forward to both the feeling of tasting some of the most traditional pasta for this area and supporting a local producer with your purchase. It doesn’t get more local than this.
And if you get a taste for something sweeter after exploring the alley, stop for ice cream at Gentile gelateria. It’s just a few hundred meters away.
Enjoy your walk!