Mary Ann travels to the heart of Tuscany to cook with Maria Gorelli at Banfi winery, near Montalcino, Italy. They begin by creating classic Tuscan Pici, a hand rolled, thick-spaghetti style pasta that's the perfect base for Poor Sauce, made from toasted breadcrumbs, olive oil, tomatoes and garlic. And to go with it, a hearty Venison Stew guaranteed to chase the winter blues away.
Ciao Italia Previous Broadcasts
Tuscan Supper - La Cena Toscana (Episode #2513)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 23, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
In a restored farmhouse just outside Florence, Italy, world-renowned classical guitarist Edoardo Catemario provides background music while his wife Adalgesa and Mary Ann create extraordinary kitchen delights, starting with Steak Florentine-Style, then a hot and spicy Chicken Under a Brick, topped off with a vegetable medley called Everything Together. It's music, food, fun and friends - Together.
Damiano's Gnocchi/Gnocchi Di Damiano (Episode #2626H)
KQED Life: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to La Sosta del Rosselino, a small restaurant near Florence, Italy to discover the secret of chef/owner Damiano's signature Potato gnocchi; simple to make, soft as clouds, drifting in a butter sauce and utterly unforgettable. Inspired, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to create - just as heavenly - Gnocchi di Spinaci e Ricotta (Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi) with a hint of mint and nutmeg.
Homemade Pasta- Cucinando Con Graziella E Gaetana (Episode #2512)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Too many cooks don't spoil the broth - providing all three are Italian and happen to be cooking up a storm in a farm kitchen in Tuscany, which is what happens when Mary Ann, Graziella and Gaetana create Wild Boar Stew and Tagliatelle with Ragu Sauce. hen Mary Ann goes nella cucina to finish off the homemade pasta party by preparing Pappardelle with Mushrooms. Mangia Tutti!
Eat Beans! - Mangare Fagioli! (Episode #2511)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Florence, Italy to cook classic Tuscan bean dishes with good friend, Iris Lodovici. After creating a hearty pasta and bean dish plus Beans in a Pot, Mary Ann goes nella cucina for two more recipes featuring creamy-white cannellini beans; one a crostini topping made with escarole, the other a hearty Soup of the Lombards to replace winter's chill with warming memories of Florence.
Festival of the Candles - La Festa Dei Ceri (Episode #2510)
KQED Life: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann takes a deep breath and plunges into the crowd-filled excitement generated by the oldest festival in Italy. Held in the medieval town of Gubbio, the food, music and camaraderie are unlike anything you've ever seen. And the traditional Cheese Bread Mary Ann makes nella cucina is unlike anything you've ever tasted. Join in the celebration and bring your appetite!
Sunday - La Domenica (Episode #2509)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann and best friend Donna Soares go arm in arm with hundreds of Italians to enjoy a quiet Sunday afternoon in Fabriano, Italy. And what else happens on Sunday? Sunday dinner, of course, beginning with Grandma Galasso's Meat Cappelletti the way Mary Ann remembers her grandmother making it for her on Sunday afternoons.
Clams/Le Vongole (Episode #2625H)
KQED Life: Wed, Feb 15, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Seafood Super Chef Jasper White brings enough freshly-caught clams to make two fantastic dishes, starting with Mary Ann's Spaghetti with Clams and ending with Jasper's unique and unforgettable, Clams Minestrone - yes, you heard right. Minestrone. One spoonful and you'll agree; fantastico!
Ciaramicola (Episode #2508)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann visits ceramic artist Franco Mari in Deruta, Italy, the birthplace of Umbrian pottery. His inspired, colorful creations inspire her to go nella cucina to create Ciaramicola, a fantasy-like, Easter Sunday bread slathered with Alchermes-laced meringue, covered with colored sprinkles and browned in the oven. Served on a Franco Mari platter, it's a vision of heaven on earth.
Squash Gnocchi - Gnocchi Di Zucca Gialla (Episode #2507)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann cooks with chef and restaurant owner Daniela Benvenuti in Grutti, Italy. The hard-working all-women cooking staff at Le Noci restaurant is rare for Italy, as is the Gnocchi with Prunes Daniela and Mary Ann prepare. Mary Ann keeps the gnocchi coming, nella cucina, with Squash Gnocchi. Bet you can't eat just one.
Beans and Lentils - Fagioli E Lenticchie (Episode #2506)
KQED Life: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Lizori, a remote town in the Umbrian hills, to cook with Chef Danielle Bottoni who learned the art of cooking from her mother and it shows! Her grain-inspired pasta and lentil dishes inspire Mary Ann to go nella cucina and continue the tradition with Chickpea and Farro Salad, plus a hearty Farro Soup.
Mushrooms for Ravioli - Funghi Freschi Per Ravioli (Episode #2505)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 9, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann spends the day in a California forest with professional mushroom gatherer, Connie Green, in search of the elusive porcino mushroom, beloved by Italian cooks. After finding just what she needs, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to make an elegant first course ravioli dish perfumed with fresh mushrooms.
Cooking for Friends/Cucinando Per Gli Amici (Episode #2624H)
KQED Life: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
It's Sunday when Mary Ann visits Christina and Carla Pallotta, two sisters who are the driving force behind Nebo Restaurant in Boston, MA, where they're preparing their mom's favorite recipes for visiting friends. Ricotta Gnocchi with Rabe and Pignola Nut Sauce, followed by Stuffed Breast of Veal, with Fontina Cheese, Polenta and Wild Mushrooms on the side. Great sisters. Lucky friends.
Aristocratic Pasta - Pasta Aristocratica (Episode #2504)
KQED Life: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann visits the New York Academy of Medicine's collection of rare Italian cookbooks. She's inspired to create two traditional molded pasta dishes, featuring the same ingredients used hundreds of years ago, fit for a king's palate - and yours too.
Wedding Cake - Torta Nunziale (Episode #2503)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann and her friends, Donna, Ruth, and Connie, race against the clock to create an Italian wedding "cookie cake" as a gift to celebrate the marriage of two good friends. Dozens of biscotti piled high and topped with ribbons, ready just before the wedding bells ring. Some of the cookies include Miniature Cream-Filled Tarts.
A Sicilian Meal - Un Pasto Siciliano (Episode #2502)
KQED Life: Fri, Feb 3, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann cooks with her friend Maria Iapichino in her summer kitchen that overlooks the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea near Cefalu, Sicily. After Maria prepares the classic Sicilian Pasta with Sardines, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to create other Sicilian specialties including Swordfish.
Recipes of the Mind - Le Ricette Della Mente (Episode #2501)
KQED Life: Thu, Feb 2, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Ellis Island National Park to retrace the footsteps of her immigrant Italian grandparents. She then goes nella cucina to recreate two Old World "recipes of the mind": Gracie La Puma's Pepper Rolls and Mrs. Belurgi's Pumpkin Bread.
Fresh Ricotta/Ricotta Fresca (Episode #2623H)
KQED Life: Wed, Feb 1, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Good friend an attorney Ciro Poppiti visits Mary Ann nella cucina, with an ample supply of freshly made ricotta. They proceed to make a stupendous pastry-encased, Ricotta and Mozzarella cheese-stuffed masterpiece; Pizza Carnevale. Then Mary Ann takes up the baton and creates a light-as-a-cloud, orange-flavored Ricotta Cheesecake. Did somebody say "cheese?" Please.