Giada De Laurentiis arrives in Florence, Italy and heads straight to the local market, where she shops and introduces the local cuisine. She celebrates the hearty northern Italian food by preparing a Tuscan-style lunch to share with friends that are visiting from the United States. Giada's menu includes her spin on Bistecca alla Fiorentina, White Bean and Cavalo Nero and a bottle of local Chianti, topped off with a classic Tuscan dessert of biscotti and sweet wine.
Giada De Laurentiis's grandmother, Silvana Mangano, was a stunning Italian beauty turned movie star affectionately known as Nonna Luna. Giada and her Aunt Raffy reminiscence about Nonna Luna and her love of rice while making some twists on northern Italian favorites like Bitter Rice, White Chocolate Orzo Pudding and Artichoke and Fennel Crudo.
Giada De Laurentiis and her sister pay tribute to their brother, Dino, who passed away from cancer. The women celebrate Dino's life by creating a meal inspired by some of his favorite dishes, including Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Charred Broccoli Rabe and Pork Chops with a Balsamic Glaze -- all with a northern Italian twist.
Giada De Laurentiis's grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, was one of many children from a large Italian family, but his sister, Raffaella, is the only sibling still alive. Giada and her Aunt Raffy travel by train to visit Great Aunt Raffy at her home in Milan and prepare her favorite baked dish, Ziti Stufati, to enjoy for lunch.
There's no one who would have loved a big family reunion -- in Italy, surrounded by platters of food -- more than Giada De Laurentiis's grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis. Giada and her Aunt Raffy celebrate Dino's love of food by creating some of his favorites, like Carbonara Cacio e Pepe, Mussels with Fennel and Italian Beer and Olive Oil Sorbetto with Berries and Balsamic.
Giada De Laurentiis spends the day taking a boat trip along Florence's Arno River and enjoying a traditional Italian spread with her daughter, sister and nephew. The picnic menu includes Kale Salsa Verde Bruschetta, Tuna, White Bean and Bitter Greens Salad, and Torrone Mess for a light dessert.
Giada De Laurentiis and her family gather at a villa in the Tuscan countryside for a family reunion celebration. Platters of food fill the long Italian table, and Giada has enlisted everyone to help out in the kitchen to prepare a menu of family favorites that are full of traditional northern Italian ingredients, including Octopus Panzanella, Hazelnut Chicken and Stracciatella with Strawberry and Vin Santo.
Giada De Laurentiis and her daughter, Jade, are in Florence, Italy to immerse themselves in the local culture, honor their family heritage and create new memories together. Giada shops at the local market, then heads back to their apartment, where she prepares a hearty and robust "first night" meal for them inspired by the food customs of the area, including One Pot Creamy Orzo, Seared Mushrooms with Wilted Arugula and Open-Face Fruit Pie.
Giada De Laurentiis spends several days working at the restaurants of celebrated master Chef Fabio Picchi, where she shares her knowledge and, in turn, learns the art of Florentine cuisine. When she gets back to her apartment, she creates an Italian menu with a California spin, making dishes like Prosciutto Broth with Farro and Spinach and Branzino Puttanesca.
Giada De Laurentiis's grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, spent a fair amount of time in Florence, Italy shooting his movie Hannibal. Giada takes a walk down memory lane visiting some of the filming locations, then returns home to create a meal inspired by Dino and the Florence landscape: Asparagus and Grilled Melon Salad, Sausage, Chianti and Fava Bean Spaghetti, and Chianti Affogato.
Before Milan, Florence was the center of fashion in Italy. There are fashion influences all over the city, and since Giada De Laurentiis herself is a fashion enthusiast, she hosts a cocktail party on a terrace near Florence's famed Duomo and creates a fashionable menu with Crab Arancini, Avocado White Bean Dip and Grappa Poached Pears with Speck.
Florence, Italy is the city of masters: master chefs, master artists, master scientists, master visionaries. Giada De Laurentiis learns the art of cannoli-making from a southern Italian pastry maker living in Florence, then heads to her home away from home to create a unique cannoli filling with Chocolate Amaretto, as well as a few other masterful desserts like Baci Ice Cream Sandwiches and Aperol Spritz Slushies.
One of the best things about visiting Italy is that Giada De Laurentiis's daughter, Jade gets to spend time with her Nonna V, who lives in Rome. When Nonna V travels to Florence for a visit, Giada creates a lovely dinner to be shared as the sun goes down over the Ponte Vecchio. The menu includes Italian dishes with a twist like Burrata and Strawberry Bruschetta, Grilled Artichokes with Bagna Cauda and Pappa Al Pomodoro.