Enoteca at Bari (Bari Ristorante e Enoteca), Memphis
Memphis , Tennessee
Tel: 901 722 2244
Concierge.com's insider take:
When Bari opened in 2001, Memphians were skeptical: To them, Italian food meant pasta with meatballs, eggplant Parmesan, and fried mozzarella, not whole branzino stuffed with fennel and orange. Yet the cooking of Jason Severs—a Tennessee native who grew up in a household with four Italian women—won them over and generated enough buzz to open this all-Italian wine bar. Pair a glass of Ruffino Modus, a dry, full-bodied blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot, with an antipasti plate of prosciutto, salami, soppressetta, and grilled veggies, or Argiolas Vermentino, a fruity warm-weather white from Sardinia with the Bianco Sottobosco, a rich, semisoft cow's- and goat's-milk cheese with black truffles.