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.

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Tomato Salad

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)


Bruschetta with Fresh Monterey Sardines

Grilled Local Anchovies

Eggplant Rollatini

Skewered Mozzarella

Bistecca Fiorentina

Bruschetta with Roasted Vegetables

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Tomato Salad

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

Herb Frittata

Grilled Pizza Margarita


Ben's Cognac Risotto

Talluto's Spinach Gnocchi

DaVero Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Sand Dabs

Dessert Crostino of Fresh Ricotta, Strawberries and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Love Cake

Ricotta Pie