Actress Debi Mazar and her Italian husband, Gabriele Corcos, invite you into their home as they share their tremendous passion for Tuscan food and for each other. She's a modern girl from the streets of Queens and he's a food purist from the hills of Tuscany. It's Lucy and Ricky in the kitchen as the two food lovers share ideas, haggle, and finally compromise to create the perfect Tuscan American blend all the while providing important lessons that you just won't find in your average cookbook. Prepare for total immersion into their passionate, spirited life as they show you how on a daily basis anyone in any kitchen can blend the simple traditions of Tuscany with modern life in America.

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Season 4, Episode 1

Tuscany on the Hudson

Gabriele Corcos is homesick for the beautiful Tuscan countryside and Debi Mazar wants to show him that he can get a taste of Tuscany just by driving a couple of hours north. Debi and Gabriele head to New York's Hudson Valley for some fresh air and good, farm-fresh ingredients. Back home, they settle in and put their ingredients to use by cooking up a big family meal to eat outside in their backyard. After a fun filled day and delicious food, Gabriele will feel like he's home.

Monday
Mar 20
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 2

Weekend on the Cheap

New York is an expensive city, but it doesn't have to be! Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are determined to do a New York weekend on the cheap. They take a bike ride over the Brooklyn Bridge, enjoy some inexpensive treats at a local sweet shop and visit a unique bakery in Spanish Harlem. Then they cap it all off by making dinner for the whole family for under $15.

Monday
Mar 20
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

Tuscan Soul Food

One of Debi Mazar's oldest friends, Fab Five Freddy, has lived in Harlem, NY, for years and wants to show Debi and Gabriele Corcos some of his favorite haunts. They're leaving the girls behind today, so Debi and Gabriele whip up a Torta di Carote for an after-school snack. In Harlem, Freddy introduces them to chef and restaurateur Alexander Smalls. They all head to Alexander's apartment for a delicious dinner of Polenta Incanita with Pork Belly Cubes and Alexander's Black-Eyed Peas and Arugula Salad. It's Tuscan soul food at its finest!

Monday
Mar 20
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 1

Gift to the Neighborhood

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos have been living in their Brooklyn neighborhood for a couple of years now and they have really grown to love it. Their neighbors have welcomed them with open arms and they feel a very strong connection to all of the local shops and restaurants. Now they want to give back the only way they know how -- by cooking for them. They take over one of the neighborhood's restaurants for the day, cook a variety of Tuscan recipes and serve their neighborhood friends a meal. And of course, since they're cooking for the neighborhood, they shop in all of their favorite local shops for ingredients for the big feast.

Monday
Mar 20
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Deb's Fashion Show

Gabriele Corcos has his motorcycle passion, but Debi Mazar has always had a thing for fashion. Debi takes Giulia, who inherited her mom's love of fashion, to her friend and fashion designer Zac Posen's studio for a behind-the-scenes tour and a dress fitting. Meanwhile, Gabriele Corcos heads to the Fulton Fish Market to get fresh seafood for dinner. Later that day, Zac comes over to help cook a seafood-inspired Tuscan dinner.

Monday
Mar 20
9am | 8c
Season 5, Episode 3

James Beard Supper

Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar have been asked to cook at the James Beard House in New York. The James Beard Foundation is well known throughout the culinary community for its educational programs, industry awards and scholarships. The James Beard House hosts frequent meals, usually headlined by important figures from the culinary community. Now, Gabriele and Debi have an opportunity to add their names to the prestigious list of guest cooks. It's a huge honor and they're going to create the best possible culinary experience that they can for an intimate group of friends that will get to share the evening with them.

Monday
Mar 20
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

Classic Car Cookout

Gabriele loves cars and Debi loves classic style. Their passions collide as they head to Oyster Bay for a Classic Car Cruise Night. Together they'll check out some beautiful vintage cars, meet the car enthusiasts that own them and maybe test-drive one or two of their favorites. If Debi can manage to pull Gabriele away from the engines they cook up a little feast and feed their car-loving friends in the parking lot surrounded by beautiful, classic automobiles.

Monday
Jun 12
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 5

All About the Girls

Family time is a priority to this clan, and Debi and Gabriele always make sure they each have quality time with their daughters. Debi and Giulia cook up a delicious breakfast Fritatta, while Gabriele and Evelina head to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for some father-daughter time. And Debi has a full circle moment when she takes her daughters to her childhood home. Back in the kitchen, Debi and Gabriele make some family favorites, Polenta Pasticciata and Lentil Salad With Burrata. After a long day, they sit down and enjoy a delicious family meal.

Monday
Jun 12
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Camping

Debi, Gabriele and the kids have never gone camping together as a family. Gabriele has always wanted to go, but it has taken a long time to convince Debi how fun camping can be. Finally, Debi has agreed to give camping a shot -- for just one night -- so they pack up the car, the kids and Robert and head upstate to a campground in the Catskills. Gabriele gets the fire started and makes a delicious Camp Fire Flatbread. They take in some local activities, before firing up the grill for the perfect campside stew, Impruneta Peposo. And Debi creates a tasty Farm Stand Salad. It's the perfect camping experience ... until Mother Nature steps in.

Monday
Jun 12
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 7

Music Man

These days Gabriele's known for his cooking, but his other passion has always been music. Debi and Gab are off to the iconic jazz club Birdland to see their friend Arturo O'Farrell play, but not before Gabriele makes a Cafe Shakerato, a quick pick-me-up! Gabriele makes a deal with Arturo that if he cooks for him, he can play in his next show at Birdland. Gabriele and Debi cook up a wonderful Tuscan meal of Shaved Artichoke on Arugula and Parmesan, Bresato Al Barolo and Gabriele recreates an old family recipe when he makes Panelle. Arturo is true to his word and Gabriele gets to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Monday
Jun 12
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 8

End of Summer BBQ

Debi and Gabriele decide to throw the ultimate barbecue and they turn their backyard into a petting zoo! On the menu are Mint and Lime Lamb Chops, Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Skewers, Farfalle With Anchovies and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Hazelnut Gelato.

Monday
Jun 12
9am | 8c
Season 4, Episode 9

Liquid Gold

Debi and Gabriele are in Italy for olive harvest season and Gabrielle is eager to share this time-honored tradition with his girls. But first, he gets the family fueled up with some of his Olive Oil Muffins. He invites the neighbors and gets the whole family involved to shake the olives from trees. From there, we'll see just how the family olive oil is made. With their fresh olive oil in hand, Deb and Gab get started on some simple and delicious Tuscan dishes -- first, Pasta e Fagioli, then Pollo al Mattone, a traditional chicken dish on the fire and, finally, Fire Roasted Chestnuts. It's the perfect harvest feast!

Monday
Jun 12
9:30am | 8:30c

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Food-loving sweethearts Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are at it again, cooking up all sorts of fun adventures –– not to mention delicious Italian dishes –– on both sides of the Atlantic. 

With Gabriele homesick for the Tuscan countryside, Debi takes him on a quick road trip up north to New York's Hudson Valley so they can enjoy the great outdoors.

The couple makes the most of their time on the upstate farm, playing with the animals and collecting fresh ingredients to cook with later that day.

Back home in Brooklyn, Debi and Gabriele whip up a rustic meal of pork chops and pasta carbonara to enjoy with the girls in their sunny backyard.

On another day, the couple heads to Oyster Bay on Long Island, where Gabriele's love for classic cars and Debi's passion for classic style collide.

Gabriele tears his attention away from the vintage wheels to grill up a feast for his new car-loving friends.

Debi and Gabriele also have plenty of activities lined up for Evelina and Giuliana, including a family camping trip.

It's all hands on deck as Debi and Evelina put up the tents and Gabriele and Giuliana work on dinner.

The family also finds plenty to do in New York City, and loves activities on the cheap, like biking across the Brooklyn Bridge and picking up sweets at a nearby bakeshop.

In Spanish Harlem, N.Y., they visit Hot Bread Kitchen, a unique shop that offers baked goods from all different cultures.

Debi and Gabriele learn to make bread with some of the bakers, then head home to prepare an affordable family dinner.

On their way to a restaurant in Harlem, Debi and Gabriele stroll past a neighborhood icon: the historic Apollo Theater.

At home, Debi and Gabriele create two dishes that fuse their Italian heritage with Harlem's Southern influences: a black-eyed pea and arugula salad and torta di carote.

The family's time in Italy is equally jam-packed.

In Pisa, Debi and Gabriele surprise the girls with a truffle-hunting adventure.

The Mazar-Corcos clan tags along as a well-known hunter and his truffle-sniffing dog scour the forest for the rare mushrooms.

Armed with their truffle-hunting bounty, Debi and Gabriele head to the kitchen. The dynamic duo makes fresh ravioli with a truffle butter sauce.

They also check out a local butcher shop and learn more about its meat-curing process.

For dinner that night, the couple makes mouthwatering crostini topped with lardo and Tuscan kale.

Of course, no trip to Italy would be complete without a wine cellar tour.

Gabriele and Debi sit down with the owners to sample some wine.

Then they head back home to make a romantic dinner for two.

Along with plenty of alone time, Debi and Gabriele make sure to get in some quality hours with Grandma.

No matter where they are –– in the concrete jungle of New York City or sprawling fields of Tuscany –– family will always come first.

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After an extremely busy summer juggling various projects, Debi and Gabriele seek out some rest and relaxation at their Tuscan farmhouse right outside of Florence.

Exhausted Debi just wants to lie down and relax, but Gabriele has other plans. He's invited some family and friends over for a big homemade dinner.

He immediately gets to work picking fresh peaches from their tree to serve as an appetizer with fresh goat cheese ricotta from a local farm.

He builds his own fire pit in the yard like his father and grandfather used to do.

Giulia preps the sauce for some Pasta alla Norma, red sauce with roasted eggplant, as Gabriele mans the grill.

The family wants to take a trip to Siene to see a play some friends are putting on, but "Uncle" Robert arrives in a car that couldn't possibly fit everyone.

They finally arrive and can enjoy some hat shopping at the local Panzano market.

Life doesn't get much better than spending a day with the family in beautiful Tuscany.

Debi and Gabriele head to Florence, by the Arno River, and find the spot where they kissed for the first time 11 years ago.

To celebrate the anniversary, they plan a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant. Gabriele heads home to make sure their girls are taken care of and gets held up in traffic on his way back to Florence, missing their reservation. Debi is upset but she gets over it when Gabriele offers to cook a special meal for her at home.

Just as they are about to start the second, ever sexier, phase of their evening, their girls return home — ah, life! It's never quite what you want it to be. But for Debi and Gabriele, it's always delicious.

Debi, Gabriele and their girls have moved from Los Angeles to Brooklyn. There's tons of unpacking left to do but Debi is eager to show Gabriele her old neighborhood. Hopefully he'll love it as much as she does.

Getting out of the house turns out to be a great idea. They find a wonderful butcher shop featuring grassfed and organic meats...

...and get some ice cream from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.

Gabriele even discovers he can still get out in nature just like back home in Italy.

And now it's exhausted Gabriele who needs to lie down and relax.

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Queens Girl Makes Good

Debi Mazar swings a hot career and a passion for food with an even hotter husband...

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Gabriele Corcos

Enter the sexy Tuscan farmer who believes that cooking is the perfect way to his express love. Sign us up!

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Extra Virgin Was Born

Combine 2 parts passion, a healthy dose of family, a shot of heat and countless delicious Italian dishes — step back and let it all simmer.

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Taking The Time

Despite juggling family and two busy Hollywood lives, Gabriele and Debi always find time to reconnect over the range.

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The Secret Sauce

A healthy dose of daily romance never hurt either...

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Beauty Break

As a hot Hollywood commodity, Debi knows the secrets to perfect-looking skin — and a good guacamole as well.

Ready For My Close Up

Seriously beautiful skin. Just be careful if you scrape off the mask with corn chips.

Backyard Burger Bar

Ability to grill Tuscan-inspired burgers with flat-leaf parsley and grated pecorino cheese all year long...priceless.

The Great Grill Debate

Gas is good, but Gabriele's go-to for supreme grilling is a mix of charcoal and wood.

Caution: Pitmaster at Work

Tuscan-style burgers can be tricky when trading running commentary with the spouse. Eyes forward, please.

Brick'n His Chicken

Gabriele's old-school technique for perfect grilled chicken: Cover a brick in foil and cook it al Mattone. Think spatchcocking here.

Welcome To The Chicken Ranch!

Longing for the fresh eggs from his grandmother's farm in Italy, Gabriele decides to raise chickens, even as Debi raises concerns.

Coop de Ville

Cooking Channel Staff Vote: This chicken palace is way nicer than 90% of our apartments.

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Cocktail Time

Ethel studies the empty ice tray — confused at how she will chill her afternoon beverage in the hot LA sun.

Chicken and Bamboo

The easy-going foul soon forget former farms and fields, in favor of well-manicured yards.

Enter Stage Left

No matter how cute Debi and Gabriele are, it seems the chickens always upstage everyone in Extra Virgin.

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Kids in the Kitchen

For mom's birthday breakfast, Gabriele, Giulia and Evelina make extra special ricota pancakes.

Emerald Empress

Seriously??! Does anyone else look that amazing BEFORE breakfast?

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All Fired Up

Moving beyond chickens, Gabriele constructed the perfect outdoor pizza oven which takes about an hour to hit the perfect heat.

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Pizza Party Perfection

Debi samples her oven-fired birthday pizza. Verdict: There is NO comparison.

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Pair and Pair Alike

There is only one way to improve perfect pizza and that's with a primo Italian wine.

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Funny Girl

Debi's good friend, Lily Tomlin, arrives with date to join in on the celebration.

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Ring In A New Chapter

Gabriele surprises Debi with a request to renew their wedding vows at his family home in Tuscany.

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Bike Built For Two

With the kids at camp, Gabriele convinces a reluctant Debi to savor an afternoon picnic via motorcycle.

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Sweet Summer Snacks

Gabriele and Debi bake a tasty orange and almond biscotti for their picnic adventure.

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Nuts!

After cooling for an hour, the citrus-scented biscotti are cut into irresistible, crunchy slices and packed up.

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Heaven On Wheels

Debi and Gabriele take the show on the road, literally. They donate time and treats via food truck to the charity Midnight Mile.

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Open For Business

Debi fields a flood of orders for fried risotto balls and juicy turkey meatballs.

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Piled High, On The Fly

Food Truck Fan Pick: Gabriele's crunchy bruschetta with sauteed mushrooms — to go.

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Enter Babbo

For his daughters' summer party, Gabriele knew he would need props and costumes. Meet Babbo.

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Kitchen Wizard

Gabriele's secret ingredient to this backyard soiree was magic. No Bieber required.

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Lotza Mozz

The kids get in on the act by making bruschetta with Gabriele's homemade (and somewhat unwieldly) mozzarella.

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Cute...with Crunch

Beautiful, bite-sized bruschette are perfect for any picky palate.

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Cupcakes Are Still Hot

Gabriele's organic cupcakes are the homerun of the afternoon.

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Straight Shooters

Gabriele's warnings of wild backyard boar in Tuscany convince Debi it might be time to bear arms.

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Natural Born Thrillers

Gabriele and Debi aren't just impressive in the kitchen. You talkin' to them?

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More Pleasant with Pheasant

After, the two prepare a traditional hunter's meal of roasted pheasant with pepper potato stew.

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Nutella's Distant Cousin

Unfamiliar to many Americans, 'Castagnaccio' is a chestnut-flour cake made with nuts, raisins and rosemary.

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Vowing To Return

Debi's friend Marzia helps her craft some new vows — in the native tongue — for her big fat Italian wedding.

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Stress The Dress

Debi worries her dress won't be ready in time for their Tuscan adventure, but Gabriele saves the moment with something sweet...

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Amazing Affogato

Hot, rich espresso poured over sweet vanilla ice cream — what's not to love? Crisis averted.

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Keeping It Bottled Up

Gabriele and Debi lean on a family recipe for homemade limoncello, used as gifts for friends all year long.

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Pucker Up!

Limoncello is 37% better when you take kissing breaks between steps.

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Gabriele's Other Profession

Aside from being skilled in the kitchen and a former farmer, Gabriele is a professional musician. Time for a jam session!

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Touchdown in Tuscany!

Gabriele embraces his rustic roots, excited to be in the kitchen his grandfather passed down to him.

Better With Bacon

First meal in Italy? Steak Tagliata alla Fiorentina, garlic sauteed spinach, grilled potatoes and Pasta alla Gricia.

Did We Mention?

Italy is for lovers.

A Toast

When friend Robert arrives, he and Debi celebrate their arrival with 18-year-old doggie Dolores.

Berry Good Time

The girls pick berries on the family property. Everything tastes better in Tuscany.

Corcos Communion

Gabriele's entire family gathers around for the evening meal.

The Big Day Approaches

Debi considers spicing up her vows while Gabriele considers a glass of wine (or two).

Tiramisu For Two

Mom-in-law Annalisa shares sacred family secrets for making perfect tiramisu.

Bizarre Bachelor Bash

Gabriele fires up his bachelor party with...fresh octopus.

Well Groomed

Gab and guys get together for a fantastic meal of octopus salad and spaghetti alla putanesca. Salut!

Lady In Waiting

Soon to be joined by Gabriele, Debi enjoys the very piazza where they met a decade ago.

Just Like Mom Makes

Debi shows off the sweet skills she gleaned from her mother-in-law Annalisa.

The Verdict?

Piazza perfection. A sweet finish, as the two start planning a renewal of vows and champagne toast for ten more years.

Time For a Toast

Before their family and close friends, Debi and Gabriele renew their vows for each other, for Tuscany, and for delicious Tuscan food, of course.

Smiles All Around

And why not? After ten years, Debi and Gabriele have come a long way. They couldn't be happier to share their lives together.

Out with a Bang

When the moon hits yours eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore.

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Linguine with Red Snapper

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Black-Eyed Pea and Arugula Salad

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Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

Potatoes in Cartoccio

Lentil Salad with Burrata

Limoncello Spritzer

Shrimp, Watercress and Farro Salad

Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto with Gorgonzola and Brie

Tortino di Fiori di Zucca

Pollo Rustica Limone (Pollo al Mattone)

Fresh Whipped Cream

About the Hosts

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Learn more about Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, hosts of Extra Virgin, as they invite you into their home to share their tremendous passion for Tuscan food and for each other.