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

Crab and Seafood Cioppino

Fresh Plum Tomato Sauce

Love Cake

Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti

Aunt Izzy's Gnocchi with Two Sauces

Bruschetta with Fresh Monterey Sardines

Grilled Local Anchovies

Herb Frittata

Adriana's Pasta Pie

Sand Dabs

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

Tomato Salad

Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Tomato, Caper and Garlic Crostini

Ricotta Pie

Rice Balls


Sauteed Swiss Chard


Eggplant Rollatini

Gina's Pizzelles

Lobster fra Diavlo with Buccatini

Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato

Paula's Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Veal with Lemon and Capers

Grilled Pizza Margarita

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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