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Berber Banquet

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We had a local who grew up in Rissani recommend this tucked-away eatery. He called ahead for us and the staff was ready with table and refreshments on arrival. We ate lunch in a traditionally decorated dining room that celebrated the oasis history of the area. The food was fresh and flavorful. Being vegetarians did not preempt the chef from serving up a fantastic Berber pizza that seemed to take up the whole table. Bread is sacred in Morocco. This inspired iteration of the pizza was delicious stuffed flat-bread, more like a calzone. Take a loaf of traditional Berber bread, stuff it with mushrooms, tomato, squash, olives, beans and spices and bake. The result was enough to feed six. While every meal we ordered seem to qualify for a doggy bag, this was the only time in our entire tour of Morocco where we took the leftovers for later. Simply delicious.

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by Jay Rymeski
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