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

Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce

Calamari on Pasta


Eggplant Rollatini

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Love Cake

Adriana's Pasta Pie

Grilled Pizza Margarita

Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Ricotta Pie


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

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Sand Dabs


Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Herb Frittata

Grilled Local Anchovies

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Bistecca Fiorentina

Tomato, Caper and Garlic Crostini

Ben's Cognac Risotto