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

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Bruschetta with Fresh Monterey Sardines

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Bruschetta with Roasted Vegetables

Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)

Aioli

Cioppino

Adriana's Pasta Pie

Tomato, Caper and Garlic Crostini

Bistecca Fiorentina

Love Cake

Grilled Local Anchovies

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Tomato Salad

Eggplant Rollatini

Tomato Salad

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Skewered Mozzarella

Ben's Cognac Risotto

Grilled Pizza Margarita

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

Herb Frittata

Ricotta Pie

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Talluto's Spinach Gnocchi