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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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
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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.

  • 2019-10-31T03:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2019-11-07T02:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2019-11-14T02:00:00-08:00
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