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
Bigne! (Episode #2413)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's got cream puffs on her mind, light as a cloud, crunchy and delicious, and filled with wondrous delights. And who better to make them with than master pastry chef and chocolatier Wilhelm Wanders at the Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont.
Pears and Pistachios/Pere E Pistacchi (Episode #2320)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 28, 2014 -- 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, Aug 27, 2014 -- 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, Aug 26, 2014 -- 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, Aug 25, 2014 -- 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.
Classic and New Salads/L' Insalate Classiche e Nuove (Episode #2412)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Guy's garden is in all its glory, when Mary Ann comes to harvest the veggies she need to create some creative salads, starting with a poached-perfect Salmon Salad, a crunchy, crispy Roasted Kale Salad and finishes off with a rarely-seen Italian Agretti Salad.
Pasta Roman Style/Pasta Alla Romana (Episode #2316)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 -- 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, Aug 20, 2014 -- 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: Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 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.
Let's Make Dinner/Facciamo La Cena (Episode #2313)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Home is where you'll find the happiest of meals, especially when they have an Italian flair to them as only Mary Ann can give, starting with plump, roasted, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, accompanied by her signature contorno, side dish, of Roasted Squash with Hazelnuts and Sage Sauce. But this great dinner's not done until dessert. How does a decadent Raspberry Mascarpone Budino Pudding sound to you?
Shrimp Two Ways/Due Modi Di Gamberi (Episode #2411)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 15, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Seafood Master chef and bosom-buddy Jasper White brings Mary Ann stupendous shrimp, the likes of which she's never seen. Jasper starts off the feast with his classic, spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo. Then Mary Ann surprises him with Shrimp on Sand with with Marinated Vegetables. Just wait until you see the "sand."
Lombardy Cooking/La Cucina Lombarda (Episode #2312)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels with her students to the Northern Italian region of Lombardia in the foot hills of the Swiss Alps to teach them the unique recipes of this small, but picturesque and prosperous region, starting with Osso Bucco with Gremolata Sauce, followed by Buckwheat Pasta, and then Baked Radicchio and Gorgonzola Cheese, and finishing of with Sbrisolona, a delicate cornmeal cake for dessert.
Pasta As You Like It/Pasta A Piacere (Episode #2311)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Pasta from the garden? You bet, when Mary Ann's got all the ingredients at hand, fresh-picked from Guy's garden, to create Penne with Cauliflower Ragu. Then she sidesteps your everyday pesto and goes for Fettuccine with Arugula Pesto. Mary Ann finishes off this trio of terrific treats with Pasta with Fried Zucchine.
Taste of Sicily/Sapore Di Sicilia (Episode #2310)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann recalls her Sicilian ancestry to create Impanata, Baked Pasta Casserole, Sicilian Style. Mary Ann starts with authentic, "O"-shaped Anneletti pasta as the star attraction of this complex production, to which she adds Pork Ragu, Peas and tomato sauce blended together in a creamy rich bechamel sauce and baked until the table is set and guests are invited to enjoy her Sicilian treat. Mangia tutti!
Polenta with Vegetables/Polenta Con Le Verdure (Episode #2309)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Master Chef Lucca Paris of Lucca's Mediterranean Cafe in Keene, NH brings a basket full of straight-from the garden veggies and freshly-ground cornmeal to Mary Ann in her Ciao Italia kitchen. Together they make a simple but dramatic Chicory Tart with Onions, Umbrian Style, and then use the freshly-picked eggplant to make a hearty, winter-perfect Eggplant Stew with Polenta Squares.
Classic Piedmont Antipasti/Antipasti alla Piemontese (Episode #2406)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Pattie Bongiovanni's castle in the Piedmont region of Italy, where she makes herself home in Pattie's kitchen to prepare an antipasti table filled with memorable, regional treats, like Little Ricotta Cheese Balls, Peppers Castellana Style, and a bowl of crunchy vegetables perfect for dipping in a Bagna Cauda of extra virgin olive oil.
What Figs! - Che Fichi! (Episode #2308)
KQED Life: Thu, Aug 7, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
It's harvest time for Mary Ann's fig tree, and she's got a brimful basket of these tender beauties to create a savory Fig and Prosciutto Pizza. Then she makes a perfect dessert for a perfect meal; Figs with Whipped Cream. And if that's not enough figs to feature fondly, how about Amaretti-Stuffed Figs to snack on while you think about next year's crop of fantastic figs?
Italian Cooking Lessons/Lezioni Di Cuciina Italiana (Episode #2307)
KQED Life: Wed, Aug 6, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann gathers food bloggers from across the country in classroom setting at the Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont to show them the ins and outs of delicate Sweet Potato Gnocchi, savory Chicken Cutlets in White Wine, and to top things off, her ever-elegant Mom's Chiffon Cake with Lime Curd. Great food to write home about - and blog about too!
Give Me Scallops!/Dammi Cappesante! (Episode #2306)
KQED Life: Tue, Aug 5, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Seafood Master Chef Jasper White weighs anchor in the Ciao Italia kitchen and delivers Mary Ann the biggest scallops ever seen to create his famous Jumbo Sea Scallops in Their Shells. Not to be outdone by Jasper's ocean-inspired creativity, Mary Ann brings the garden to the sea to create her equally famous Scallops with Spinach.
Homemade Ricotta/Ricotta Fatta In Casa (Episode #2305)
KQED Life: Mon, Aug 4, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
You'll never use store-bought ricotta again, after Mary Ann shows you how easy it is to make it yourself. And once it's done, get ready to make an unforgettable dessert: Roasted Pineapple with Ricotta Cream filled with crunchy pistachios. And don't forget this summertime, wintertime, anytime light luncheon treat: Ricotta Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes.
A Day Without Pasta? Never!/Una Giornata senza la Pasta? Mai! (Episode #2409)
KQED Life: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Gluten-free doesn't mean pasta free, when Mary Ann shows you how to prepare an unforgettable Gluten-free Pasta with Mushroom and Prosciutto di Parma Ragu. In a hurry? Slow down with Mary Ann's make-and-forget Slow Cook Lasagne.