America has a longtime love affair with Italian food and all things Italian. Follow Chef Mario Batali as he crosses the country in search of the folks who cook up the best Italian eats, and keep the Italian way of life alive on our shores. Meeting up with families, chefs, shop keepers and food artisans, Mario discovers their secrets for making the most delectable Italian food, and uncovers their stories and traditions for living 'La Dolce Vita' every day.

Most Popular Recipes

Escarole and Pine Nuts

Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Grilled Local Anchovies

Herb Frittata

Aunt Izzy's Gnocchi with Two Sauces

Sand Dabs

Love Cake

Bruschetta with Fresh Monterey Sardines

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Eggless Orecchiette

Ben's Cognac Risotto

Pasta Timballo Layered With Eggplant, Bolognese Ragu, Hardboiled Egg And Scamorza Cheese

Tomato Salad

Eggplant Rollatini

Sauteed Swiss Chard

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Four Seasons Tart from Lake Como: Crostata di Quattro Stagioni

Bistecca Fiorentina

Spidini's

Pizza Margherita

Gina's Pizzelles

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Talluto's Spinach Gnocchi

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)

Grilled Pizza Margarita

Risotto San Martino

About the Host

Mario Batali

Learn more about Mario Batali and how to cook fantastic fresh and simple Italian food at home.

Pantry: Italian Essentials

A well-stocked pantry makes whipping up delicious Italian meals a snap. Countless dishes can be made from ingredients on hand, but with a quick dash through the express line for perishables, the options are limitless.

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