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 and Asparagus Agnolotti

Dessert Crostino of Fresh Ricotta, Strawberries and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce

Four Seasons Tart from Lake Como: Crostata di Quattro Stagioni

Ben's Cognac Risotto

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Sand Dabs

Talluto's Spinach Gnocchi

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

Herb Frittata

Grilled Pizza Margarita

DaVero Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Ricotta Pie

Calamari on Pasta

Grilled Local Anchovies

Tomato Salad

Love Cake


Bruschetta with Roasted Vegetables

Bistecca Fiorentina

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)


Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup

Tomato, Caper and Garlic Crostini