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.

Eggplant Rollatini


Calamari on Pasta

Love Cake

Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Bruschetta with Fresh Monterey Sardines

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)

Bruschetta with Roasted Vegetables

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Tomato Salad


Bistecca Fiorentina

Rice Balls

Grilled Local Anchovies

Skewered Mozzarella

Tomato, Caper and Garlic Crostini

Adriana's Pasta Pie

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Tomato Salad

Ricotta Pie

Dessert Crostino of Fresh Ricotta, Strawberries and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

DaVero Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Ben's Cognac Risotto

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Herb Frittata