ciao italia

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."

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All'onda

Mary Ann's "on the wave" with her Venetian seafood extravaganza of calamari, clams, and scallops, seared and baked to a golden-brown, then zested with lemon and fresh parsley; perfect for the Risotto she stirs up until it becomes a creamy "wave" of al dente rice that's ready for the many gifts from the sea.

  • 2018-12-21T02:30:00-08:00
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Lombardia Dinner, Milano Style / Cena alla Milanese

Bring your appetite to Mary Ann's full course meal inspired by Lombarda favorites, starting with a "primo" of Tomato Risotto made with Guy's Garden-fresh tomatoes. Then clear the table for a classic Milanese Veal Cutlet drizzled with clarified butter. Still hungry? Sure you are. Mary Ann finishes off your perfect meal with a perfect Lombarda Polenta Cake.

  • 2018-12-28T02:30:00-08:00
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Strega Nona's Pizza / La Pizza Alla Strega Nona

Beloved children's book author and artist, Tomie dePaolo invites Mary Ann to his studio to choose a favorite recipe of one of his most famous characters, "Strega Nona." They quickly decide on Strega Nona's Pizza, and it's off to the kitchen where Tomie makes her masterpiece while Mary Ann makes her favorite Calzones. No matter how old you are, you're never too old for pizza!

  • 2019-01-04T02:30:00-08:00
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How to Make Easy Fish/Come Si Fa Pesce Facile

Mary Ann teams up with PBS celebrity chef Jacques Pepin to prepare some of the quickest, easiest fish dishes you've ever seen. Jacques' Slow-cooked Tuna Steaks with Tomato Relish takes only minutes to make. Mary Ann's Stuffed Fish with Nuts and Spinach is just as easy, but Jacques' Scallope Seviche is the hands-down winner.

  • 2019-01-11T02:30:00-08:00
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Tuscan Bread/Pane Toscano

Mary Ann travels north of Cortona, Italy to visit American cookbook author and food columnist Nancy Harmon Jenkins. Working in Nancy's cozy kitchen in her restored country farmhouse, Mary Ann and she create Pane Toscano (Tuscan Bread) then fry up some crunchy crostini, for three terrific toppings: Tomato/Basil/Garlic, Chicken Liver and Sage, and Tuna Fish and Caper treat. Buon appetito!

  • 2019-01-18T02:30:00-08:00
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