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
It's Chicken Time (Episode #208H)
KQED Life: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 4:30 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.
From Bloomfield to the Strip In Pittsburgh (Episode #207H)
KQED Life: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 4:30 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.
Yummy Pastas (Episode #206H)
KQED Life: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Everyone loves pasta, and Lidia is known for her hundreds of super easy and really delicious pasta dishes that can be prepared any day of the week. In fact, this episode contains recipes that are perfect for the busiest of days, including Baked Ziti, Fettuccine Alfredo and Spaghetti with Basil Pistachio Pesto.
Kansas City Alla Parmigiana (Episode #205H)
KQED Life: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
Italian American immigrants headed to the Midwest and created their communities in cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In this episode, Lidia celebrates some of the Italian American dishes found on many a Kansas City menu including Penne Rigate alla Vodka, Chicken Parmigiana and Tiramisu. We'll even enjoy a moment where Lidia went back to Emilia Romagna to visit with her dear friend, Monica, to see how the chickens there are raised and appreciated.
Sicily In New York City (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Mon, May 27, 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.
Shrimping, Crabbing and Clamming (Episode #217H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 12:30 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.
Heartwarming Italian American Classics (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Fri, May 24, 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: Thu, May 23, 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: Wed, May 22, 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.
San Diego: Giant Squid, Milanese Style (Episode #126H)
KQED Life: Tue, May 21, 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: Mon, May 20, 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.
Lip Smacking Roman Style Saltimbocca (Episode #216H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 12:30 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.
New York: New York Pizza (Episode #124H)
KQED Life: Fri, May 17, 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: Thu, May 16, 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: Wed, May 15, 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: Tue, May 14, 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: Mon, May 13, 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.
Philadelphia's Beef Rolls and Boston's North End (Episode #215H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Lidia cooks a savory meal of Braised Beef Rolls and Spinach and Bacon. She takes viewers to 9th Street Market in Philadelphia where she heads to DiBruno Bros, a 4th generation owned cheese shop that boasts Italian delicacies.
USA: Italian-American and Truly Italian (Episode #119H)
KQED Life: Fri, May 10, 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: Thu, May 9, 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: Wed, May 8, 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: Tue, May 7, 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: Mon, May 6, 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: Fri, May 3, 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: Thu, May 2, 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: Wed, May 1, 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.