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

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Eggless Orecchiette

Escarole and Pine Nuts

Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Grilled Local Anchovies

Love Cake

Aunt Izzy's Gnocchi with Two Sauces

Bruschetta with Fresh Monterey Sardines

Sand Dabs

Lace Cookies with Orange-Mascarpone Filling and Raspberries

Grilled Pizza Margarita


Tomato Salad

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Pizza Margherita

Rabbit Armando

Ragu all Nonna


Risotto San Martino

Adriana's Pasta Pie

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

Bistecca Fiorentina

Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup

Herb Frittata

Tomato, Caper and Garlic Crostini

Dessert Crostino of Fresh Ricotta, Strawberries and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Calamari on Pasta

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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