About the Show

America has a longtime love affair with Italian food and all things Italian. Now, Chef Mario Batali crosses the country in search of the folks who cook up the best Italian eats and keep the Italian way of life alive on our shores. He’ll meet up with families, chefs, shopkeepers and food artisans to find out their secrets for making the most delectable Italian food. They’ll also share their stories and traditions, and show you how to live "La Dolce Vita" (the sweet life) every day.

About the Host

Mario Batali

Iron Chef Mario Batali believes that olive oil is as precious as gold and food is best when left to its own simple beauty.

Rice Balls

Calamari on Pasta

Ben's Cognac Risotto


Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce

Four Seasons Tart from Lake Como: Crostata di Quattro Stagioni

Pasta Timballo Layered With Eggplant, Bolognese Ragu, Hardboiled Egg And Scamorza Cheese

Herb Frittata

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Talluto's Spinach Gnocchi

Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Sand Dabs

DaVero Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Bistecca Fiorentina

Love Cake

Ricotta Pie

Tomato Salad

Dessert Crostino of Fresh Ricotta, Strawberries and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Bruschetta with Roasted Vegetables

Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup

Skewered Mozzarella

Grilled Local Anchovies

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Tomato Salad

Eggplant Rollatini