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
From Coast to Coast: Three Favorite pastas in America (Episode #111H)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 30, 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: Mon, Apr 29, 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: Fri, Apr 26, 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: Thu, Apr 25, 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.
St. Louis: Macaroni & Cheese: An American Favorite, Inspired by Italy (Episode #107H)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia travels to St. Louis and visits Volpi Foods, where she chats with owner Armando Passetti about their variety of cured Italian meats. Later, Lidia shows viewers the rich history of St. Louis's Italian neighborhood, the Hill. In the kitchen, Lidia is happy to be joined by her granddaughter, Julia, as she makes Macaroni and Cheese, an American classic, as well as Veal Hamburger Parmiciano, and wonderful Braised Escarole.
California: Pesto Pronto! (Episode #106H)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 23, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
On her trip to the Golden State, Lidia meets with Brady Whitlow, president of Corto Olive, to talk about their methods of producing Italian-style olive oil in California. Next, Lidia visits one of the longest-standing wine making families in Sonoma County, the Seghesio family, at their vineyards. Joe joins Lidia in the kitchen to give his take on how to use pesto in two easy recipes: Pesto Salmon BLT and Pesto Chicken Salad. Lidia explores pesto's possibilities with a Spaghetti with Basil and Pistachio Pesto and a Fusilli dish with Spinach Walnut Pesto.
New Orleans: The Sicilian Quarter (Episode #105H)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 22, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia is joined by Tanya as she heads to New Orleans' Sicilian Quarter, where she stops by the Central Grocery to enjoy a classic Muffuletta sandwich and then visits the Immigrant Monument in Woldenburg Park. Back in the kitchen, Lidia fries up marinated artichokes and makes a Muffaletta Sandwich with Ricotta, Anchovies, and Olive Oil.
New England: Spicy and Sweet in New England (Episode #104H)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Take a trip with Lidia to Gloucester, Massachusetts, a fishing village with a large Italian population, and then visit Providence, Rhode Island, where Lidia goes to the Scialo Brothers' Bakery. Lidia makes Spaghetti with Lobster Sauce and tries the Scialo Brothers' recipe for Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes.
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh's Italian Americans (Episode #103H)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia travels to Bloomfield, home of Pittsburgh's Little Italy. Here she visits Maria Merante Palmieri's quaint Italian gift shop, Merante's Gifts, grabs a sandwich at Primanti's where she talks with Antonia Corradetti, and takes viewers on a tour of Lidia's Pittsburgh. Back in the kitchen, Lidia prepares a Baked Ziti, a delicious sandwich of Primanti's Capicola and Cheese, and Fettucine Mafalda.
California and New Jersey: From the Garden State to the Golden State (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia learns all about artichokes at Pezzini Farms in California, and crosses the country to be joined by Tanya for a visit to the Maugeri Farm, grower of New Jersey tomatoes. At the farm, Tanya and Lidia enjoy a classic, home-grown, Italian-American meal with the Maugeri family. Inspired by her visit to Pezzini Farms, Lidia makes an Artichoke Soup, followed by Stuffed Vegetables and a Radicchio, Goat Cheese, and Raisin Salad.
Philadelphia: It All Happens on Philadelphia's 9th Street (Episode #101H)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 16, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia visits Philadelphia's Sarcone & Son's Bakery, where their bread is made the same way today as it was when this institution first opened in 1918; a truly old-world bakery, Louis Sarcone closes up shop after each day's batch is sold. Lidia also takes a tour of the impressive artisanal Italian imports at 9th Street Market, such as Claudio Specialty Foods and Di Bruno Brothers'. In the kitchen, Lidia makes Chicken Trombino, Stuffed Escarole, and is joined by Grandma for a favorite Italian-American dessert: Pignoli cookies.
Three Quick and Easy Italian Dinners (Episode #226H)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
In this episode, Lidia makes three dishes that can be made any day of the week. Cauliflower Soup, Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Capers, Orecchiette with Artichokes & Bacon are the highlights in this episode. Lidia then visits Dino Cortopassi, owner of Corto Olive near Sacramento California to hear his family's colorful culinary history.
For The Love of Soup (Episode #214H)
KQED 9: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Soup is a great start to any meal and Lidia explores two different types: Minestrone and Artichoke Soup. She travels to Le Marche in Italy to learn about ricotta cheese and finishes off the meal with her favorite Italian Cheesecake recipe.
St. Louis and Chicago Style Pizza (Episode #225H)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia enjoys a New York slice of pizza and heads to Caputo's, a family-owned Italian grocery in Chicago. She teaches viewers how to make their own pizzas with her Deep Dish Pizza and St. Louis Pizza recipes.
Pasta Two Ways (Episode #224H)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Pasta with Lentils, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and St. Joseph's Fig Cookies are on Lidia's menu. Lidia takes part in the New Orleans traditional St. Joseph's Day celebration that happens every March 19th, a true Sicilian celebration that made its way to New Orleans along with the large immigration of Sicilians.
Italian Style Steak (Episode #223H)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 10, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia makes Fettuccine with Malfada Sauce, Steak with Pizzaiola Sauce and Ricotta Cookies. Lidia visits the Immigrant Monument in Woldenburg Park of New Orleans, and Tanya takes viewers to explore the impressive collection at the Nelson-Atkins museum in Kansas City.
Three Favorite Pastas (Episode #222H)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia cooks Pasta e fagioli, Bucatini Amatriciana and Tagliatelle Bolognese. She heads to Italy to learn how to make pasta from the experts and also visits Seghesio Vineyards in California, to meet one of the most long-standing winemaking families in the Sonoma Valley.
Another Seafood Celebration (Episode #221H)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 8, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Casino Clams, Mussels Triestina and Cioppino are delicious ways to enjoy seafood. Lidia takes viewers to Swann Oyster Depot for King Crab Legs and Eataly to explore the fish counter. Many Italians from the northwestern coastal region of Liguria settled in the San Francisco area, and it's not surprising that they brought their Cioppino with them. At the popular Scoma's restaurant, located right on the water, the Cioppino is a little different than what you would find in Italy but certainly inspired by the original Ligurian version.
For The Love of Vegetables (Episode #213H)
KQED 9: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Italians love their vegetables, and they are known for having some of the simplest, freshest and most delicious vegetable dishes of any country. In this episode, Lidia makes Stuffed Escarole, Stuffed Artichoke and Meat Stuffed Eggplant.
Comfort Foods for Your Table (Episode #220H)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 5, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia makes three different types of pasta: Stuffed Shells, Pasta Alla Primavera and Macaroni and Cheese. In Pennsylvania she takes viewers to The Macaroni Company, a 4th generation Italian supermarket and goes to Eataly to enjoy an Italian-American picnic.
New York's Southern Italian (Episode #219H)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia makes cannelloni, explores pasta making traditions in Italy and makes a Brooklyn discovery in Frankie's Spuntino, two men cooking Italian-American food with a modern twist.
From Walken's Bakery to Scialo's Bakery (Episode #218H)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 3, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
These recipes are a sweet way to end any meal. Lidia makes Boston Cream Cupcakes, Almond Pine Nut Cookies and Lemon Granita. She then heads to Scialo's Bakery, where she was inspired to create her own Boston Cream Cupcake recipe.
Shrimping, Crabbing and Clamming (Episode #217H)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia goes clamming with Dave Pasternack in Long Island before heading to Tangiers Island near Baltimore to watch the locals do what they do best, crabbing. Her recipes include a large array of seafood. She makes Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cakes, Baked Clams Oreganato, for a feast from the sea.
Lip Smacking Roman Style Saltimbocca (Episode #216H)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 1, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Lidia makes Italian- American favorites: Mozzarella Sticks, Veal Saltimbocca and Zeppole. She heads to Eataly in New York City to learn how mozzarella is made.