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Ciao Italia Previous Broadcasts

Little Cheese Plates/Piattini Del Formaggio (Episode #2321)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 29, 2016 -- 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.

Pears and Pistachios/Pere E Pistacchi (Episode #2320)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 28, 2016 -- 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, Jul 27, 2016 -- 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, Jul 26, 2016 -- 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, Jul 25, 2016 -- 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.

Pasta Roman Style/Pasta Alla Romana (Episode #2316)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 -- 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: Thu, Jul 21, 2016 -- 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.

Three (Creamy) Soups/Tre Zuppe Cremose (Episode #2314)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 20, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann says why buy soup from a can when you can create these three dreamy, creamy creations, starting with a delicate Cream of Cauliflower Soup, then a down-to-earth Creamy Mushroom Soup, and finishing off with a garden-variety variation of Creamy Leek, Carrot and Potato Soup.

The Students - Gli Studenti (Episode #2526H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 19, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann travels with her tour groups to various regional cooking schools in Italy to teach them the ins and outs of regional cooking, including this classic cooking class filmed on location in Tuscany, starting with the all-time favorite, Fresh Pappardelle with Rabbit, Mushrooms, and Wine. No Tuscan meal would be complete without its unique, Bird-Style Beans. And to whet the appetite, Salted Pizza Bites. Tutto Toscano! Class dismissed, and happy too!

Classic Bolognese Pasta - Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese (Episode #2525H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Culinary arts students from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI are eager to learn the fine art of creating Bolognese pasta, starting with Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese. Mary Ann leads them through the process of making Lasagne Spinach Noodles, and layering it over and over with a meaty, Bologna-Style Ragu, and besciamella Sauce. And there's just enough time to make Tagliatelle with Bolognese Sauce. They all get straight A's!

In The Kitchen with Mom - In Cucina Con La Mamma (Episode #2524H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 15, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann travels to Buffalo, New York, to spend the day in her mother Louisa's "downstairs kitchen" preparing Mom's Homemade Pasta topped with Walnut Sauce. Then it's on to Mom's Broccoli Salad, and then for dessert, her unforgettable Mom's Famous Nut Roll. Four generations of Esposito women join in at the end to enjoy the fruits of Louisa's labors. Lucky them, and lucky you.

Altamura, The City of Bread - Altamura, La Citta del Pane (Episode #2523H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 14, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

The artisanal breads of Altamura are known throughout Italy. Mary Ann visits one of the signature bakeries in this small city in the region of Puglia where she meets the DiGesu family - all five generations of them - and gets a whirlwind tour of their bakery and the classic breads they make, including the dome-shaped "Altamura" loaf, so named for the hilltop site of the city. Watch the breads bake in a 100 year-old wood-fired oven and dream about "smell-o-vision!"

Lina's Cooking - La Cena Di Lina (Episode #2522H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 13, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann visits Lina DiGesu and her extended family in Altamura, Italy, where in a kitchen the size of a closet, Lina and Mary Ann - and her sisters and sisters-in-law -- create a Sunday Dinner to die for, starting with two antipasti; crunchy, Deep Fried Onions, and Fried Peppers, then two kinds of pasta with sauce, then a Leg of Lamb, then Potatoes with Lamb Chops, and topped off with a Ricotta Tart. Tutti a Mangiare!

Handmade Pasta - Pasta Fatta A Mano (Episode #2521H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 12, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann meets a true artist in Altamura, Italy when 73 year-old Vincenza teaches her how to make Orecchiette. After making the pasta dough by hand with her niece, Vincenza makes "little ears" lightning quick. Mary Ann gives it a try under her watchful eye, gets approval and then goes nella cucina to make Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Orecchiette with Cauliflower.

Cooking with Red Wine - Cucinando Con Vino Rosso (Episode #2520H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 11, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann visits vintner Vahe Keushguerian, owner of Le Corte winery in Italy where she learns what it takes to make world-class wines. Then she joins Vahe in his kitchen where he cooks Penne with Wine. Then Mary Ann continues her all-wine program, nella cucina, as she prepares a quick dish, Chicken with Olives. And what's for dessert? You guessed it; Red Wine Cake. Salute e buon appetito.

Homemade Pizza - Pizza Casalinga (Episode #2519H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 8, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann visits the small town of Fragneto Manforte, Italy to help her friends, Assunta and Anna, celebrate their town's patron saint, San Niccola, by preparing pizzas for a crowd of people who stop by to join the festivities for Pizza Margherita, Escarole Pizza, Pizza Napoletana, Pizza with Potatoes, with Broccoli, and with Tuna in a wood-fired oven that bakes the thin-crusted marvels in record time. Mangia!

Sunday Dinner - La Cena Di Domenica (Episode #2518H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 7, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Sunday in Italy goes hand in hand with food and family - and fun. Mary Ann spends the entire day visiting her husband's cousins and cooking up a storm with matriarch, Anna Esposito who makes a sumptuous Sunday supper starting with handmade orecchiette coated with a spicy Benevento-style Ragu sauce. A second course of Stuffed Meat Rolls follows, plus lamb, plus desserts, plus desserts, plus happiness, plus who wants seconds? Thirds?

Handmade Pastas - Cicatelli E Fusilli (Episode #2517H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 6, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann visits Castle Montalto kitchen in Fragneto, Italy where two chefs, Antonietta and Filomena, demonstrate the timeless art of preparing unique homemade, handmade pastas from scratch, Cicatelli and Fusilli. Then they create two mouthwatering tomato sauces to go with them. Grab your knife and fork, tuck in your napkin - and bring your appetite.

Cooking with Balsamic Vinegar - Cucinando con Aceto Balsamico (Episode #2516)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 5, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

Mary Ann travels to Modena, Italy, the heart of balsamic vinegar country, to cook with good friend Beatrice whose simple Omelet with Onions, and a salad go from simple to divine with the addition of fifty year-old, syrup-thick, caramel-colored, sweet and pungent artisanal balsamic vinegar tradizionale.

Cooking with Wine - Cucinando Con Il Vino (Episode #2515)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

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.

Porchetta (Episode #2514)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 1, 2016 -- 12:00 PM

When it comes to pork, come to Tuscany, where Mary Ann goes to Da Ventura restaurant in San Seppolcro, Italy where chef/owner, Marco Tofanelli creates a classic Tuscan Rolled Pork Roast, complete with pan-fried potatoes and a sprig of fennel. Mary Ann then goes nella cucina to continue cooking in the Tuscan tradition by making Sweet Pork Sausage with Grapes.

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