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
Give Me Pasta / Dammi La Pasta (Episode #2007)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 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: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 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: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 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: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 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: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 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: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 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: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 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 Umbrian Cooking/Piu' Cucina Umbra (Episode #2226)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to a cooking school in Spoleto, Italy, where her students are eager to learn the fine art of creating the classic Capelletti in Brodo (Little Hats in Chicken Broth), followed by hearty and filling Lentils with Leeks and Sausage, then spinach-filled Torta al Testo (Bread on a Stone). Porchetta (Rolled, Stuffed Pork) caps off the main course, followed by a Fresh Fruit Tart for a rousing finish to this perfect Umbrian meal.
Cheeses/Formaggi (Episode #2225)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
There's no end to what you can do with cheese, and Mary Ann proves it by combining it into a Four Cheese Pizza, grating it into potatoes for a pan-fried Frico, and shredding, then melting it into a Grana Padano Cheese Basket with Basil Oil Infusion. Cheese? Please!
Cauliflower/Broccolo (Episode #2224)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 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: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 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.
Antipasto Favorites/Antipasti Favoriti (Episode #2222)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Got a party coming up? Look no further than Mary Ann to help you feed your hungry guests with these creative antipasti: quick-to-prepare Chickpea Meatballs, tart and refreshing Marinated Shrimp and Cannellini Beans, and Pizza Antipasti with clever toppings. Let the fun - and food - begin!
Cooking for Friends/Cucinando Per Gli Amici (Episode #2221)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 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 Rape and Pignola Nut Sauce, followed by Stuffed Breast of Veal, with Fontina Cheese Polenta and Wild Mushrooms on the side. Great sisters. Lucky friends.
Chicken/Pollo (Episode #2220)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann proves there are more ways to cook chicken than you can possibly imagine by preparing classic Chicken with Wine and Grapes, then a wintry-perfect Chicken and Fontina Casserole, and finishes off with easy-to-prepare Chicken Cutlets Stuffed with Ham and Herbs. Don't be chicken with chicken.
Cooking with Herbs/Cucinando Con Le Herbe (Episode #2219)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
The tables are turned when Mary Ann invites Ciao Italia's Director of Photography Bob Tomaselli to come out from behind his studio camera and join her nella cucina to make Halibut in Lemon Sauce, Baked Fennel in White Sauce with Cheese and Herb Flavored Crumbs, and colorful, tasty Green Focaccia.
Cooking School for Everyone/La Scuola Di Cucina Per Tutti (Episode #2218)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann meets a group of eager students who want to learn the art of making pasta from scratch. She shows them how to make the playful-looking Farfalle (Butterflies) and off they go to do it themselves. Then it's on to a Sicilian cookie treat; Cuccidati, a tart, citrusy delight with a lemony frosting. Class dismissed! and happy too.
Something Sweet/Qualcosa Di Dolce (Episode #2217)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann pulls out the stops when it comes to a "bomb" of an ice cream treat: La Bomba. She starts with lady fingers dipped in Marsala wine, and adds them to a mold, along with coffee and vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream. Still hungry? How about a comforting Ricotta pudding guaranteed to sooth your soul? Sweets for the sweet.
Gourmet Vegetables/Le Verdure Del Buongustaio (Episode #2207)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Master Chef and "Cinque Terra" Italian restaurant owner Lee Skawinski brings hard-to-find ramps nella cucina to make his signature dish; Stuffed Swiss Chard, Mushrooms, Grilled Ramps, Prosciutto di San Daniele and Gorgonzola DOP cheese. Mary Ann adds to the fun with her own creation; Onions and Peppers Molise-style. Two chefs, great food, no waiting.
Mom's Cookies/Biscotti Della Mamma (Episode #2215)
KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann visits a Pasticerria in Perugia, Italy to admire the many cookies on display. But none can compare to the ones she makes nella cucina: Mom's Dried Cherry, Cranberry and Pistachio Nut Shortbread Cookies, Mom's Date Nut Bars, and the grand finale; Ligurian Tea Cookies. Moms always know best, don't they?
Pugliese Pasta/La Pasta Pugliese (Episode #2214)
KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann celebrates the pasta of Puglia by making sauce-holding cavatelli (little caves) and then she creates "Stracnar" a rarely-seen pasta nowadays, that requires a handmade "Cavarola Board" to create its distinctive imprint. All of this and sauce too! A Lamb Ragu for the Stracnar and Prosciutto di Parma and Fava Bean for the cavatelli. Who doesn't love pasta?
Clams/Le Vongole (Episode #2213)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 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!
Umbrian Cooking/La Cucina Umbra (Episode #2212)
KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Mary Ann travels to the "Green Heart of Italy," Umbria, where she teaches her eager culinary students the fine (and tasty) art of Strangozzi Pasta Spoleto Style, Stuffed Guinea Fowl, Farro with Vegetables and for dessert, a fabulous, custard-like Umbrian treat, Crescionda. Viva Italia!
Cooking with the Chef/Cucinando Con Lo Chef (Episode #2211)
KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
Award-winning Executive Chef Daniel Bruce takes a day off from his Rowe Wharf Sea Grille restaurant in Boston, to cook vegetarian with Mary Ann nella cucina, where they prepare Daniel's daughter's favorite; Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese Eggplant Rollatini and then Mary Ann's complements is with her classic Italian favorite, Neapolitan Style Stuffed Red Peppers.