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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Cooking with the King / Cucinare Con Il Re

Seafood super chef Jasper White invites Mary Ann to lend a hand preparing two of his signature dishes; Golden yellow Fettucine with Mussels, Saffron, and Cherry Tomatoes, followed by crispy, crunchy Almond-Crusted Fish. And what's the perfect side? Surprise, surprise, it's Jasper's lemon tangy Fennel Slaw. Beautiful bounty from the sea.. . for thee.

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Sicilian Scaccia / Scaccia Siciliana

Pizza dough takes on new meaning when Mary Ann layers it with tomato sauce and sliced caciocavallo cheese, then folds it... and folds it again to create a Sicilian favorite, when baked in the oven rises to new heights of comfort food into a golden brown loaf that slices like a dream revealing succulent swirls of melted cheese and hot tomato sauce. Seconds, anyone?

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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.

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Bringing Up Ryan

Restaurant co-owner and chef Ryan (RJ) Joyce has come a long way from washing dishes in the Ciao Italia television studio twenty years ago. Mary Ann visits him in his restaurant to reminisce about those early days while she helps him prepare some of his favorite dishes, including Kale and Cannellini Bean Bruschetta, an herb-stuffed Lamb Braciole, and a silky-smooth Chocolate Budino The apple didn't fall far from the tree!

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All About Cauliflower / Tutto Sul Cavolfiore

Mary Ann champions the humble cauliflower by showing creative ways to change it from ho-hum to Wow! Her Roasted Cauliflower has a spicy, red-pepper, oregano, and tomato paste rub that adds an unexpected punch when it comes out of the oven like burnished gold. Then it's time for Spaghetti with Cauliflower, graced with garlic, anchovy paste and red peppers. For the finale? A thick slab of Cauliflower Steak brushed with garlic, celery salt, oregano and baked in the oven. Say so long to ho-hum.

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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.

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Burrata

Cheese is more than cheese when it's Burrata. This fist-sized nugget of fresh mozzarella filled with cheese shreds and rich cream is the starting point for Mary Ann's kitchen creations. She starts with Roasted Vegetable and Burrata Salad, then moves on to a colorful, garden-fresh Chickpea Pasta with Burrata, Peas, and Prosciutto. To top things off? Poached Fresh Fruit Salad with Burrata. Cheese? Please!

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Stuffed Veal Rolls, Sicilian Style / Involtini Mes

Mary Ann rolls out the red carpet when she rolls up her favorite Stuffed Veal Rolls, Sicilian Style. Filled with a marvelous medley of fresh breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, slices of Caciocavallo cheese and grated Pecorino Romano cheese, into the oven they go. Then Mary Ann prepares the perfect Sicilian side dish of Potato Salad with Oregano, Messina Style.

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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.

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Salads from Guy's Garden / Insalate dall' Orto di Gaetano

Mary Ann harvests a bountiful lettuce crop from her husband Gaetano's garden. Then she goes nella cucina to create a fruity Fennel and Fig Salad, followed by a protein-packed favorite; Tuscan Bean Salad with Soppressata, then she finishes off this garden of delights with a little gem of a Little Gem Salad.

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