Lidia's Italy In America
Lidia takes us on a road trip into the heart of Italian American cooking today. As she explores the multifaceted approach to this utterly delectable and distinctive cuisine, we come to see that every kitchen and every Italian community is different. She talks with creative cooks all over the country - farmers, housewives, butchers, fishermen, and food entrepreneurs - about the ingredients they use, their kitchen secrets, and of course, their favorite recipes.
Lidia's Italy In America Previous Broadcasts
Sicily In New York City (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
The Sicilians were a large immigrant community in lower Manhattan and other areas of New York City, and they brought with them several dishes from their homeland. Today, Lidia celebrates the Sicilians with a Stuffed Calamari Dish and a Broccoli with Garlic and Anchovies. She then makes a Cappuccino Cake which she actually discovered in New Orleans - another locale with a very large Sicilian population.
Heartwarming Italian American Classics (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Italians are known for their big family meals, and in this episode Lidia celebrates two heart-warming Italian-American classics that are perfect for any Sunday get together - Chicken Trombino and Italian American Meatloaf - two family friendly dishes that will bring your loved ones close to the table.
New York Italian Style (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia shares three delicious recipes that she picked up on Arthur Avenue and in Little Italy, New York. Zucchini and Eggplant Parmigiana, Roberto's Chicken Piccante and Skillet Cauliflower Torrisi are all the very core of Italian American comfort food. She also visits the Maugeri Farms in southern New Jersey and the Migliorelli food stand in Union Square Market in New York City to see what kind of traditions these Italian American families are passing down to generations to come.
Italian Style Breakfast for Dinner (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia cooks frittatas today; they are delicious for lunch AND dinner and are also a great way to use leftover vegetables and day old bread. Recipes include Ricotta Frittata, Sausage, Eggs & Pepper Frittata and an Asparagus and Onion frittata. She also visits Brooklyn's famous Faicco with dear friend and restaurateur, Angelo Vivolo, to see their Italian American tradition of making sausage.
It's Chicken Time (Episode #208H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Everyone loves a great chicken dish and in this episode Lidia demonstrates the Braised Chicken with Smoky Provola and the Chicken Cacciatore Dishes. She also prepares a wonderful summertime salad, Panzanella, made of tomatoes and day old bread.
San Diego: Giant Squid, Milanese Style (Episode #126H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia shares her memories of San Diego with viewers and heads out to do some more fishing with Esca's Dave Pasternack. Joined by Del Posto's Mark Ladner, Lidia makes a Giant Squid Milanese, Stuffed Mushrooms, and Spinach Salad.
USA: Shrimp, Shrimp, and More Shrimp (Episode #125H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia takes viewers on a journey to Italy to learn about pepperoncino, a quintessential ingredient in any Fra Diavolo dish. Tanya shows viewers that Italian Americans are internationally recognized for their great cuisine, which can be found everywhere from Sonoma, California to St. Louis, Missouri to Boston's North End. However, Tanya also explains that Italians are also leaders in popular American design, fashion, and sports. Back in New York, Lidia visits the fish counter at Eataly NYC and prepares a veritable showcase of delicious shrimp dishes: Shrimp Parmigiano, Shrimp Scampi, and Shrimp Fra Diavolo.
New York: New York Pizza (Episode #124H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia shows viewers a typical New York pizza and then pays a visit to Eataly, where Sal at the cheese counter shows viewers how to make fresh mozzarella. Lidia makes traditional Italian Pizza Margherita from scratch, a Sausage and Spinach Calzone, and is joined in the kitchen by Grandma, who performs the official taste test.
Eastern Seaboard: Fishing Along America's Eastern Seaboard (Episode #123H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia heads to Providence, Rhode Island to visit Mark Gasbarro, owner of Gasbarro's wines, to learn about his favorite seafood pairings. Lidia goes crabbing in Chesapeake Bay; visits the Italian-American fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts; and goes fishing with Esca's Dave Pasternack off New York's coast.
USA: Oh, Those Ravioli (Episode #122H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia heads north to Boston, where she takes viewers on a sweet trip to two Boston pastry shops: Modern Pasty and Maria's Pastry, and ventures into Boston's Little Italy to see pasta made by hand. Down in New Jersey, Lidia checks out Simply Grazin' Organic Farm. In the kitchen, Lidia prepares Ricotta and Sausage-Filled Ravioli and Struffoli, an Italian-American classic, for dessert.
San Francisco and Napa: Soupy In San Francisco (Episode #121H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Out on the Golden Coast, Lidia visits Swann Oyster Depot in San Francisco where she checks out King Crab legs, and then shows viewers the wide variety of sizes of artichokes at Pezzini Farms. Lidia prepares Stuffed Artichokes and Cioppino-a San Francisco Italian-American classic.
New Orleans: A Cup and a Slice of Capuccino (Episode #120H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia heads south to New Orleans, where she visits Brocato's to sample a few of her favorite desserts. She then checks out the bustling, produce-filled, open-air Crescent City Farmer's Market, where farmers and shoppers are brought together by their love of fresh food. Lidia makes Meat-Stuffed Eggplant, Veal Scallopine Marasala, and for dessert, she prepares a Cappuccino Cake.
USA: Italian-American and Truly Italian (Episode #119H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia travels to Boston to visit Christine and Carla Pallotta, owners of Nebo restaurant, to hear their story and taste their gnocchi, made from a recipe passed down from their mother. Later, Lidia explores a variety of crustaceans, including a scallop still in its shell. Lidia's grandchildren-Olivia, Miles, and Ethan-help her prepare Italian American Shrimp and Gnocchi with Gorgonzola.
New York City and New Jersey: An Italian-American Picnic in NYC (Episode #118H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia and Tanya embark on a whirlwind tour of New York City. Tanya takes viewers to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and Lidia brings viewers to Union Square Market, where she shops for the makings of an Italian-American picnic. Lidia prepares a delicious Fried Zucchini Prosciutto; a Scallion and Egg Sandwich; and a Celery, Artichoke, and Mortadella Salad.
Baltimore: A Baltimore Classic - The Civic Club Sandwich (Episode #117H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia heads to Baltimore, where she visits an institution of Italian food: DePasquale's market. Back in the kitchen, Lidia prepares Spiedini alla Romana, Minestrone, and the Italian-American Civic Club Sandwich.
Chicago: Chicago's Chicken Vesuvio (Episode #116H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia travels to the Windy City to visit Caputo's, a family-owned Italian grocery in Elmwood Park, a very Italian suburb of Chicago. Lidia also brings her viewers for a stroll along the main thoroughfare of Chicago's Little Italy, Taylor Street, which is currently undergoing a major Renaissance. Grandma joins Lidia in the kitchen as her taste-tester, while Lidia prepares Cauliflower Soup and Chicken Vesuvio.
USA: Italy's Crowd Pleasers (Episode #115H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia and her good friend, Angelo Vivolo, visit one of his favorite Italian-American spots in Brooklyn: Faicco's Pork Store. Also in Brooklyn, Lidia discovers Frankie's Spuntino, two young Italian Americans who are cooking Italian-American food with a modern twist. Tanya helps Lidia two classic crowd-pleasers: Spaghetti Carbonara and Sausage and Peppers.
Eastern Seaboard: A Shell of a Good Time (Episode #114H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Joined by Esca's Dave Pasternack, Lidia visits with some of Long Island's local fishermen and goes clamming with one of Dave's good friends. Later, Tanya takes viewers on a tour of Boston's North End. Back in the kitchen, Lidia goes clam crazy and makes Clams Casino and Baked Clams Oreganato.
California: Pasta - The Ultimate Showcase (Episode #113H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia returns to California to visit Andy Boy farm and learns all about broccoli rabe. Later, Lidia meets up with Dino Cortopassi, owner of Corto Olive, to hear his family's colorful culinary history. Join Lidia and Grandma in the kitchen as she makes Baked Stuffed Shells, Penne with Artichokes, and Bacon Orecchiette with Andy Boy's Broccoli Rabe.
Kansas City and New Orleans: Italian Father's Day (Episode #112H)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Join Lidia in Kansas City, where she pays a visit to the Holy Rosary Church to watch the ladies assemble their famous altar to celebrate St. Joseph's Day, the Italian Father's Day. Down in New Orleans, Lidia takes part in the traditional festival of pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines), also a classic St. Joseph's Day celebration. In this episode, Lidia makes Italian-American Meatloaf, Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes, and St. Joseph's Fig Cookies for a tasty dessert.
From Bloomfield to the Strip In Pittsburgh (Episode #207H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Lidia opened her own restaurant in the Strip District in Pittsburgh where other Italian-American immigrants also started earlier businesses. But Pittsburgh's other well known "Little Italy" is called Bloomfield. In this episode, Lidia shares recipes from both of these areas, Braised Veal Shank, Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes and Peas with Bacon. She also visits with Maria Merante, a wonderful Italian American woman who left her mark in Pittsburgh.
From Coast to Coast: Three Favorite pastas in America (Episode #111H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia begins with a trip to Gilroy, California to learn all about the town's impressive Italian culinary heritage, and then crosses the country to visit Union Square Market in Manhattan, where she checks out the freshest vegetables to make the perfect Pasta alla Primavera. Together with Becco's Billy Gallagher, Lidia prepares three of America's favorite pasta dishes: Pasta alla Primavera, Fettucine Alfredo, and Spaghetti Aglio e Olio.
Baltimore: Gone Crabbing (Episode #110H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode Lidia heads to Baltimore, where she goes crabbing off of Tangiers Island, VA in search of the freshest crabs for her crabcakes. In this exciting episode, viewers will witness the molting of the crab's shell with the local mayor - one of the watermen of the island. In the kitchen, Lidia prepares a truly nautical meal of Mussels Triestina, Stuffed Tomatoes, and Crabcakes.
Chicago: Chicago's Italian Beef Sandwich (Episode #109H)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Join Lidia and Tanya in Chicago, where Tanya shows viewers the Piazza DiMaggio and Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame, both located on Taylor Street, a testament to Italian Chicago's great pride in its heritage. Back in New York, Lidia meets up with Pat LaFrieda of LaFrieda Meats to learn all about inexpensive and incredibly tasty cuts of meat. Lidia's grandson, Lorenzo, helps Lidia make a simple Pasta with Lentils, Italian Beef Sandwich, and Lemon Ice for a refreshing dessert.
Kansas City: Italian American Steak In Kansas City (Episode #108H)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Join Lidia in Kansas City, where she and Cody Hogan talk with Mario Fantasma, owner of Paradise Locker Meats, about the heritage pork he provides to Lidia's Kansas City. Later, get an exclusive tour inside Lidia's Kansas City! Last but not least, Tanya brings viewers on a journey through the impressive collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. Lidia makes Steak Pizzaiola, tempting Roasted Potato Wedges, and caps the meal off with Ricotta Cookies for dessert.