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.

Love Cake


Tomato Salad

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Tomato Salad

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Bruschetta with Fresh Monterey Sardines

Grilled Local Anchovies


Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Calamari on Pasta

Herb Frittata

Bistecca Fiorentina

Skewered Mozzarella

Tomato, Caper and Garlic Crostini

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

Ben's Cognac Risotto

Sand Dabs

Adriana's Pasta Pie

Eggplant Rollatini

Talluto's Spinach Gnocchi

Rice Balls

Grilled Pizza Margarita

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce