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

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Grilled Pizza Margarita

Adriana's Pasta Pie

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Eggplant Rollatini

Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup

Love Cake

Bistecca Fiorentina

Sand Dabs

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)

Grilled Local Anchovies

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

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Herb Frittata

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Ricotta Pie

Dessert Crostino of Fresh Ricotta, Strawberries and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Tomato Salad