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

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Risotto San Martino

Stuffed Artichokes: Carciofe Ripieni

Ricotta Pie

Calamari on Pasta

Rabbit Armando

Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce

Talluto's Spinach Gnocchi

Pizza with Fried Calamari (from Al Forno)


Sauteed Swiss Chard

Crab and Seafood Cioppino

Pizza Margherita


Ricotta Pie

Rice Balls

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Skewered Mozzarella

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Eggplant Rollatini

Fresh Strawberry Bellini

Gina's Pizzelles

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Eggless Orecchiette

Ben's Cognac Risotto

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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