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
Perfect Paccheri / Paccheri Perfetti (Episode #2019)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
This unique, tube-shaped pasta has room inside for all kinds of secret things. Mary Ann recounts how Italians used to smuggle cloves of garlic across the Austrian border inside these little beauties. But today she makes even better use of them by creating Paccheri with Shrimp, Paccheri with Mushroom Sauce, and Paccheri with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Smuggle in your appetite.
Eat Cardoons! / Mangiate Cardi! (Episode #2018)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's in for a treat when she visits Spring Ledge Farm in New London, NH for their cardoon harvest. Bearing a basket of this unique, celery-like vegetable, she visits famed children's book author and illustrator Tomie DePaola for lunch, and together they make Fried Cardoons, Twice-Cooked Cardoons, Cardoons Brindisi-Style, and they still want more! You will too.
In Campania with Students / In Campagna Studenti (Episode #2017)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to Sorrento, Italy on the Amalfi Coast where she's joined by a group of eager, hungry students who prepare classic Campania recipes like Cheese-Filled Ravioli, Capri Style, Grandma Galasso's Stuffed, Rolled Beef, Seafood Salad, and to top things off, Chocolate Almond Cake, Amalfi-Style.
Calzones! / Calzoni! (Episode #2016)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Bread-baking guru Ciril Hitz visits Mary Ann nella cucina for a calzone bake-a-thon. Ciril starts things off with his signature Wild-Mushroom Whole Wheat Calzone and then creates a Summer Vegetable version. Mary Ann finishes the marathon with a savory, pork-filled Calzone. Bet you can't eat just three (or four)!
Festival! / La Festa (Episode #2015)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann accepts vocalist Erin Caruso's invitation to attend the "Feast of the Three Saints" festival in Lawrence, MA to enjoy what this traditional festival has to offer, beginning with a visit to Tripoli Bakery to sample traditional Italian pastries and ending at the Italian Kitchen for some classic Crispelli. Music, stories, songs and more - you're invited!
Meatballs? You Bet! / Polpettone? Ma Certo! (Episode #2014)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann transforms the humble meat loaf into a mouthwatering masterpiece when she creates an Italian Meat Loaf by rolling it up, not shaping it up. There's plenty of meat left over for her to make a Meatball Soup guaranteed to take the chill out of a winter's day with the secret zest of lemon to make it sparkle.
Tuna! / Tonno! (Episode #2013)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Seafood Super-Chef Jasper White weighs anchor nella cucina with a catch of fresh tuna for Mary Ann. The two of them batten down the hatches and make Chopped Tuna Tartar, Tuna with Herbs, Sweet and Sour Tuna and a recipe named in her honor, Tuna Carpaccio Esposito. One look and you'll be hooked.
Only Five Ingredients / Solo Cinque Ingredienti (Episode #2012)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 22, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
It's as easy as 1..2..3...(4...5) when Mary Ann shows you how to prepare four great recipes using only 5 ingredients each. She starts with hearty Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops in White Wine and then moves on to fork-tender, Pan Cooked Fennel. Then it's salad time; a crunchy Escarole Salad, followed by an Orange and Fennel Salad.
Zucchini / La Zucca! (Episode #2011)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 19, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
What to do with all the zucchini a summer garden can produce? When schoolteacher Becky Lane stops by nella cucina, Mary Ann teaches her the fine art of gnocchi-making by preparing Ricotta Cheese and Zucchini Gnocchi. And there's still zucchini left! Enough to make a savory, crisp-crusted Potato, Zucchini and Cheese Tart.
Before Anything, the Antipasti / Prima di Tutto gli Antipasti (Episode #2010)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Food critic and wine expert John Mariani joins Mary Ann nella cucina to match great wines with great antipasti. Crunchy Artichoke and Cheese Crostini is followed by Marinated Salmon Trout. Then Mary Ann's Little Fried Mozzarella Balls join in a finale with Melted Scamorza. Great antipasti, great wines, great friends. The perfect afternoon.
Neapolitan Pasta / Scialatielli (Episode #2024)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann explores the backstreets of Naples for inspiration to create Scialatielli, a linguine-like pasta favorite of the Campania region. To it she adds a spicy tomato and clam sauce to create a traditional seafood dish unique to the city of Naples. One taste is almost as good as being there.
The Cooking of Campania / La Cucina Di Campagna (Episode #2008)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann has eager - and hungry - cooking students all to herself in a Italian restaurant kitchen in Amalfi. Without missing a beat they prepare traditional Campania recipes: Gnocchi Sorrentino, Eggplant Parmigiano, Veal Scallopine, and Shrimp Amalfi-Style. They top it off with an Amalfi Lemon Cake. Ahhhh....Amalfi.
Give Me Pasta / Dammi La Pasta (Episode #2007)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
You don't have to be a hard-working coal miner to enjoy Spaghetti alla Carbonara, which is what inspired this classic pasta dish. And "butterfly" pasta never looked and tasted better than when Mary Ann adds nuts to her Farfalle with Pistachios. And if think you've had great Penne in Vodka Sauce, you haven't tasted Mary Ann's clever variation.
Orzo! The Best of Everything! / Orzo! Il Meglio di Tutto! (Episode #2006)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann uses this tiny little pasta to make some gigantic taste treats, starting with a savory Beef and Barley Soup. Then she puts a twist on classic risotto by preparing one featuring Barley and Mushrooms. What about a salad? Mary Ann makes one that's as fresh and original as this pasta is familiar and traditional.
All About Basil / Tutto Basilico (Episode #2005)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann harvests a bumper crop of basil from Guy's garden, and then goes nella cucina to use this fabulous fresh herb in more salads than you can shake a hoe at, including a creative Basil-Infused Fruit Salad, a hearty Neapolitan Bread Salad, a fresh Pesto, Potato, and Chickpea Salad and finally, a colorful Beet and Basil Salad. Bravo Basilico!
A Winter Supper / Una Cena Invernale (Episode #2004)
KQED Life: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Brrrrr.... Old Man Winter got you down? Warm up fast when Mary Ann shows you how to turn up the heat by making Pork Loin in Barolo Wine along with a hearty vegetable side dish of Broccoli Rape with Olives. And then you can laugh at the thermometer as you sample her crisp and delicate Jam Tart.
Chicken? Now! / Pollo? Subito! (Episode #2003)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 9, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
You want chicken fast? You've got it with Mary Ann's Ten Minute Chicken. Want it traditional? Look no further than her classic Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms. Want a recipe to make an Italian cry (with joy)? Then watch her she prepares succulent Chicken with Lemon, Orzo and Spinach. Here, chick, chick, chick.
Bitter Greens / Friarielli (Episode #2002)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 8, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann visits Peter Carbone of Haverhill Beef Company to pick up the fixings for homemade Italian sausage. Then she goes nella cucina to turn out link after link that she then combines with bitter greens to make an Italian favorite; Bitter Greens with Homemade Italian Sausage. Does it get better than this? No.
Neapolitan Rice Pie / Pastiera Napolitana (Episode #2001)
KQED Life: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
When it comes to a classic Italian dessert, Pastiera (Rice Pie) tops the list. Every Italian has his or her favorite recipe, often from childhood, and so does Mary Ann, who teaches you how to make this classic recipe step by step, and by doing so, create a family tradition all your own.
More Than Pizza/Piu' Della Pizza (Episode #2202)
KQED Life: Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 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, Oct 3, 2012 -- 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.
Cauliflower/Broccolo (Episode #2224)
KQED Life: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann's in a creative mood, nella cucina, when she turns the humble cauliflower into a masterful star, starting with luscious Creamy Cauliflower Baked in a Mold. Then it's time for a colorful and hearty Broccolo and Pasta that will leave you cheering for cauliflower the next time you see it in your grocery store - or better yet, in your garden.
Company Dinner/La Cena Per Gli Ospiti (Episode #2223)
KQED Life: Mon, Oct 1, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
Author and food critic John Mariani joins Mary Ann nella cucina to pair fantastic wines with an equally fantastic dinner, starting with a clever Chickpea Flatbread, then under the broiler goes Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chops with Fresh Mint Sauce. For dessert, what else? Buttermilk Panna Cotta with a dessert wine to send you to heaven - and keep you there.