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.

Calamari on Pasta

Tomato, Caper and Garlic Crostini


Adriana's Pasta Pie

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)


Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Sand Dabs

Bistecca Fiorentina

Tomato Salad

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Rice Balls

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Ricotta Pie

Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce

Talluto's Spinach Gnocchi

Herb Frittata

Grilled Pizza Margarita

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad


Ben's Cognac Risotto

Grilled Local Anchovies

Tomato Salad

Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup