Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running cooking show on public television, travels around the United States and Rome, Italy in search of recipes that can be prepared in thirty-minutes or less for a busy audience that has time to enjoy great Italian food but doesn' t always have time to prepare it "the old way."
Ciao Italia Previous Broadcasts
Piedmont Party/Festa Piemontese (Episode #2421)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 24, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann is back a Pattie Bongiovanni's castle kitchen in the Piedmont region of Italy to throw a party featuring Piedmont recipes. She starts things rolling with Stradette, a unique fresh cornmeal based pasta and tops it with a Leek Sauce. Then it's on to Roasted Capon, and the perfect Piedmont ending? Pears in Barolo Wine.
More Than Pizza/Piu' Della Pizza (Episode #2202)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann says goodbye to ordinary, everyday pizza and uses its dough to create a mouthwatering Spinach and Cheese Tart in a savory pumpkin seed Crust. Then she turns heads - and dough - to put a new twist on an old favorite by making Pepperoni Pizza Pretzels. Don't order take out. Stay home and do this instead.
Eggplant/Melanzane (Episode #2201)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 22, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Basket in hand, Mary Ann visits her husband Guy's late summer garden to harvest ripe and tender eggplants to make hearty Couscous with Eggplant and - surprise - a Whole Wheat Pizza with Grilled Eggplant. Never have so few (eggplants) done so much for so many.
Cooking of Liguria/La Cucina Ligure (Episode #2326)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 21, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels with her students to the stunning coastline of Liguria to enjoy the sights and sounds of the "Italian Riviera", and to teach them the fine art of Ligurian cuisine, starting with artisanal, coin-shaped Corzetti pasta, a complex, pesto-based Minestrone, Genoa Style, red wine infused Rabbit, Ligurian Style and for dessert, unique Jam Filled Tarts from Rapallo, called Gobelletti.
From The Sea/Del Mare (Episode #2325)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 20, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's "gone fishing" once again, and this time it's the deep blue in search of succulent swordfish for her marinated, grilled Swordfish Skewers. Then it's off to Italy's Amalfi coast to savor her classic, spicy, tomato-simmering Shrimp Amalfi-Style.
All About Burrata/Tutto Su Burrata (Episode #2420)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 17, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Master cheese maker Filippo Migliorato from Boston's "Mozzarella House" visits Mary Ann nella cucina to demonstrate the artisanal art of making Burrata, which is Mozzarella stuffed with Stracciatella. Then Mary Ann showcases this wonderful cheese with her Neapolitan Stack with Roasted Eggplant, Tomato and Burrata, and her Roasted Asparagus with Burrata.
Snacks/Le Merende (Episode #2324)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
In the mood for meaningful marvelous mouthfuls? Mary Ann satisfies your starving snack center with a plateful of crunchy Biscotti di Parmigiano Reggiano. And if you're still not full, a thick slice of a Panini Napoletani is guaranteed to satisfy your senses and let you leave the table happy.
From Guy's Garden/Dell'orto Di Gaetano (Episode #2323)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 15, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
With perfect, pristine peppers from Guy's Garden, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to make a vibrant, colorful Red Pepper Torte with Pepper Sauce. Then it's time to get creative with the perfect side dish: Sweet Peppers with Garlic and Mint. Need some heat? Stand back and get ready for Mary Ann's very own, spicy, hot, hot, hot Red Pepper Spread.
Real Neapolitan Pizza/La Verace Pizza Napoletana (Episode #2322)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 14, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Pizza was invented in Naples, and Pizzaola Gennaro Nasti proves it when he invites Mary Ann to help him stoke his wood-fired oven at Venda Bar in Providence, Rhode Island to create absolute authentic Neapolitan pizzas like Pizza Margherita Classico, Pizza Margherita Moderna, Pizza Napolitana Marinara and his very own Pizza allo Genaro Nasti.
Little Cheese Plates/Piattini Del Formaggio (Episode #2321)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Cheese expert extraordinaire, Lou Di Paolo of Di Paolo's Fine Foods in Brooklyn, NY, brings a dazzling array of Italian cheeses to Mary Ann's kitchen, where they taste and talk while preparing Little Cheese Plates, Little Cheese Balls, Tuna and Eggs, fresh-from-the-oven Spinach Sfogliatine, and creamy Asiago Quenelles.
Cooking Pellegrino Artusi-style/Cucinando come Pellegrino Artusi (Episode #2419)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 10, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's cooking students travel to Casa Artusi, in Forlimpopoli, Italy, to learn the secrets of Romagna regional cooking. Mary Ann leads the way with Cappelletti in Capon Broth, and the student continue with Turbo in Paper,Piadina, Whipped Mortadella, Lenten Spinach, and delicate dessert called English "Soup."
Pears and Pistachios/Pere E Pistacchi (Episode #2320)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Fresh fruit never had it so good as when Mary Ann combines pears and apples in a creamy tart that's almost - but not quite, thank goodness - too beautiful to eat. And who said pistachios are only good for snacking? Mary Ann proves otherwise when she urges these tasty treats to a higher calling by make them the star attraction of her delightful Pistachio Tart.
Organic Pasta/Pasta Organico (Episode #2319)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Valicenti Organico, in Hollis, New Hampshire to make pasta with owners David and Michelle Valicenti, whose secret to fantastic fresh pasta is simple ingredients and lots of patience and love. David starts off with his Lobster-filled Ravioli, and then Michelle prepares her unbeatably terrific Gluten-free Fettucine with Basil Pesto. Great pastas, great folks, great fun.
Seafood Feast/La Festa Di Frutti Di Mare (Episode #2318)
KQED Life: Tue, Apr 7, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
All hands on deck as Mary Ann harvests a great bounty from her local fishmonger to create an elegant Sicilian Mussel Soup. Then she keeps it simple but superb with her famous Scallops in Vinaigrette, followed by a heavenly Clams Vasto Style.
All About Farro/Tutto Del Farro (Episode #2317)
KQED Life: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's nutty about this little known but highly versatile, healthy, hearty grain. As proof of this most ancient of grains, she makes Farro Crespelle, a heroic Farro Casserole, and crunchy, savory Farro Meatballs. All's farro in love and war, and in the kitchen too.
Little Bites/Stuzzichini (Episode #2418)
KQED Life: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
These "little bites" become a BIG hit when Mary Ann prepares Celery Stuffed with Cheese and Hazelnuts, and then mixes anchovies, parsley and garlic for some fantastic, Anchovy Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. And just when you don't have room for more, you make room for her signature Zucchini Meatballs.
Pasta Roman Style/Pasta Alla Romana (Episode #2316)
KQED Life: Thu, Apr 2, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Consul General to Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli loves only one thing more than eating Pasta alla Gricia, and that's making it with Mary Ann in her kitchen, where they create his favorite Roman-style pasta. Then he helps Mary Ann prepare one of Ciao Italia's all time favorites: Pasta all'Amatriciana. Two good friends, two great pastas, one great kitchen.
Sandwiches for Little Easter/Panini Per Pasquetta (Episode #2315)
KQED Life: Wed, Apr 1, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Boston's Tutto Italiano Italian Specialty store, where the Locilento family prepares a variety of foods to celebrate the day after Easter. Back in the bakery, Emilio bakes the crunchy Panini for sandwiches, in the kitchen Angelo makes his classic frittata sandwich, while out front Mary Ann and Marilena make all sorts of fabulous sandwiches for the hungry customers, including Boston's Mayor Tom Menino, who stops by for his favorite Little Easter sandwich.