ciao italia

Fresh Ricotta/Ricotta Fresca

Good friend an attorney Ciro Poppiti visits Mary Ann nella cucina, with an ample supply of freshly made ricotta. They proceed to make a stupendous pastry-encased, Ricotta and Mozzarella cheese-stuffed masterpiece; Pizza Carnevale. Then Mary Ann takes up the baton and creates a light-as-a-cloud, orange-flavored Ricotta Cheesecake. Did somebody say "cheese?" Please.

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Catch of the Day / Zuppetta Di Frutti Di Mare

Mary Ann reels in the perfect recipe for Neapolitan Fish Soup, chock full of clams, squid, scallops, shrimp, tomatoes and much, much more. Then it's time for Swordfish Sicilian Style sizzling on the \grill, and topped with a tart and delicious sauce of cherry tomatoes, green olives, tangy capers and pine nuts.

  • 2019-10-17T03:00:00-07:00

Sicily's Sweet Tooth / Golosità Siciliane

Mary Ann "deconstructs" the classic cannoli into a deep-fried saucer-shaped circle that she stacks three-high, and pipes in a chocolaty, cinnamon-toasty, pistachio nut-packed, fresh ricotta filling. One taste of this Deconstructed Cannoli and you'll never want a plain-Jane cannoli again.

  • 2019-10-24T03:00:00-07:00

Seafood Soups / Zuppe Di Pesci

Chowder isn't chowder when Francesca Marconi makes it at Geno's Chowder and Sandwich \shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She and Mary Ann join forces in her galley kitchen to make a classic New England Clam Chowder, then a succulent Seafood Stew, and to cap off this seafood voyage, Francesca's signature Squid with Rice.

  • 2019-10-31T03:00:00-07:00

Classic Neapolitan Pasta / Pasta Classica Napoleta

What's pasta without tomato sauce? Fantastic, providing you're making the classic Neapolitan Meat and Onion Sauce. Mary Ann turns a chuck roast and mountain of onions into a fork-tender, two course masterpiece, with the sauce over ziti as the first. Then she heats things up by preparing an all-time Ciao Italia spicy favorite: Spaghetti alla Puttanesca.

  • 2019-11-07T02:00:00-08:00

Sunday Supper / Cena Domenicale

When Renee Plummer makes Sunday Supper at her house, the whole family shows up-and not just the immediate one. For good reason, her Sunday Sauce with Meatballs is fantastic, and so are her Lambchop Lollipops, not to mention her terrific Tomato Salad. Mary Ann lends a hand, to make this a Super Sunday.

  • 2019-11-14T02:00:00-08:00