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Ciao Italia
Genre: How-to
Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running cooking show on public television, travels around the United States and Rome, Italy in search of recipes that can be prepared in thirty-minutes or less for a busy audience that has time to enjoy great Italian food but doesn' t always have time to prepare it "the old way."

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Episode #2326
Cooking of Liguria / La Cucina Ligure
Mary Ann travels with her students to the stunning coastline of Liguria to enjoy the sights and sounds of the "Italian Riviera", and to teach them the fine art of Ligurian cuisine, starting with artisanal, coin-shaped Corzetti pasta, a complex, pesto-based Minestrone, Genoa Style, red wine infused Rabbit, Ligurian Style and for dessert, unique Jam Filled Tarts from Rapallo, called Gobelletti.
26 minutes long
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Fri Jun 5th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2325
From The Sea / Del Mare
Mary Ann's "gone fishing" once again, and this time it's the deep blue in search of succulent swordfish for her marinated, grilled Swordfish Skewers. Then it's off to Italy's Amalfi coast to savor her classic, spicy, tomato-simmering Shrimp Amalfi-Style.
26 minutes long
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Thu Jun 4th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2324
Snacks / Le Merende
In the mood for meaningful marvelous mouthfuls? Mary Ann satisfies your starving snack center with a plateful of crunchy Biscotti di Parmigiano Reggiano. And if you're still not full, a thick slice of a Panini Napoletani is guaranteed to satisfy your senses and let you leave the table happy.
26 minutes long
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Wed Jun 3rd @ 9:00 am

Episode #2323
From Guy's Garden / Dell'orto Di Gaetano
With perfect, pristine peppers from Guy's Garden, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to make a vibrant, colorful Red Pepper Torte with Pepper Sauce. Then it's time to get creative with the perfect side dish: Sweet Peppers with Garlic and Mint. Need some heat? Stand back and get ready for Mary Ann's very own, spicy, hot, hot, hot Red Pepper Spread.
26 minutes long
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Tue Jun 2nd @ 9:00 am

Episode #2322
Real Neapolitan Pizza / La Verace Pizza Napoletana
Pizza was invented in Naples, and Pizzaola Gennaro Nasti proves it when he invites Mary Ann to help him stoke his wood-fired oven at Venda Bar in Providence, Rhode Island to create absolute authentic Neapolitan pizzas like Pizza Margherita Classico, Pizza Margherita Moderna, Pizza Napolitana Marinara and his very own Pizza allo Genaro Nasti.
26 minutes long
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Mon Jun 1st @ 9:00 am

Episode #2321
Little Cheese Plates / Piattini Del Formaggio
Cheese expert extraordinaire, Lou Di Paolo of Di Paolo's Fine Foods in Brooklyn, NY, brings a dazzling array of Italian cheeses to Mary Ann's kitchen, where they taste and talk while preparing Little Cheese Plates, Little Cheese Balls, Tuna and Eggs, fresh-from-the-oven Spinach Sfogliatine, and creamy Asiago Quenelles. Cheese? Please!
26 minutes long
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Fri May 29th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2320
Pears and Pistachios / Pere E Pistacchi
Fresh fruit never had it so good as when Mary Ann combines pears and apples in a creamy tart that's almost - but not quite, thank goodness - too beautiful to eat. And who said pistachios are only good for snacking? Mary Ann proves otherwise when she urges these tasty treats to a higher calling by make them the star attraction of her delightful Pistachio Tart.
26 minutes long
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Thu May 28th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2319
Organic Pasta / Pasta Organico
Mary Ann travels to Valicenti Organico, in Hollis, New Hampshire to make pasta with owners David and Michelle Valicenti, whose secret to fantastic fresh pasta is simple ingredients and lots of patience and love. David starts off with his Lobster-filled Ravioli, and then Michelle prepares her unbeatably terrific Gluten-free Fettucine with Basil Pesto. Great pastas, great folks, great fun.
26 minutes long
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Wed May 27th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2318
Seafood Feast / La Festa Di Frutti Di Mare
All hands on deck as Mary Ann harvests a great bounty from her local fishmonger to create an elegant Sicilian Mussel Soup. Then she keeps it simple but superb with her famous Scallops in Vinaigrette, followed by a heavenly Clams Vasto Style.
26 minutes long
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Tue May 26th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2317
All About Farro / Tutto Del Farro
Mary Ann's nutty about this little known but highly versatile, healthy, hearty grain. As proof of this most ancient of grains, she makes Farro Crespelle, a heroic Farro Casserole, and crunchy, savory Farro Meatballs. All's farro in love and war, and in the kitchen too.
26 minutes long
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Mon May 25th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2316
Pasta Roman Style / Pasta Alla Romana
Consul General to Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli loves only one thing more than eating Pasta alla Gricia, and that's making it with Mary Ann in her kitchen, where they create his favorite Roman-style pasta. Then he helps Mary Ann prepare one of Ciao Italia's all time favorites: Pasta all'Amatriciana. Two good friends, two great pastas, one great kitchen.
26 minutes long
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Fri May 22nd @ 9:00 am

Episode #2315
Sandwiches For Little Easter / Panini Per Pasquetta
Mary Ann travels to Boston's Tutto Italiano Italian Specialty store, where the Locilento family prepares a variety of foods to celebrate the day after Easter. Back in the bakery, Emilio bakes the crunchy Panini for sandwiches, in the kitchen Angelo makes his classic frittata sandwich, while out front Mary Ann and Marilena make all sorts of fabulous sandwiches for the hungry customers, including Boston's Mayor Tom Menino, who stops by for his favorite Little Easter sandwich.
27 minutes long
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Thu May 21st @ 9:00 am

Episode #2314
Three(creamy) Soups / Tre Zuppe Cremose
Mary Ann says why buy soup from a can when you can create these three dreamy, creamy creations, starting with a delicate Cream of Cauliflower Soup, then a down-to-earth Creamy Mushroom Soup, and finishing off with a garden-variety variation of Creamy Leek, Carrot and Potato Soup. Soup's on!
26 minutes long
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Wed May 20th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2313
Let's Make Dinner / Facciamo La Cena
Home is where you'll find the happiest of meals, especially when they have an Italian flair to them as only Mary Ann can give, starting with plump, roasted, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, accompanied by her signature contorno, side dish, of Roasted Squash with Hazelnuts and Sage Sauce. But this great dinner's not done until dessert. How does a decadent Raspberry Mascarpone Budino Pudding sound to you? Thought so.
26 minutes long
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Tue May 19th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2312
Lombardy Cooking / La Cucina Lombarda
Mary Ann travels with her students to the Northern Italian region of Lombardia in the foot hills of the Swiss Alps to teach them the unique recipes of this small, but picturesque and prosperous region, starting with Osso Bucco with Gremolata Sauce, followed by Buckwheat Pasta, and then Baked Radicchio and Gorgonzola Cheese, and finishing of with Sbrisolona, a delicate cornmeal cake for dessert.
26 minutes long
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Episode #2311
Pasta as You Like It / Pasta a Piacere
Pasta from the garden? You bet, when Mary Ann's got all the ingredients at hand, fresh-picked from Guy's garden, to create Penne with Cauliflower Ragu. Then she sidesteps your everyday pesto and goes for Fettuccine with Arugula Pesto. Mary Ann finishes off this trio of terrific treats with Pasta with Fried Zucchine.
26 minutes long
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Fri May 15th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2310
Taste of Sicily / Sapore Di Sicilia
Mary Ann recalls her Sicilian ancestry to create Impanata, Baked Pasta Casserole, Sicilian Style. Mary Ann starts with authentic, "O"-shaped Anneletti pasta as the star attraction of this complex production, to which she adds Pork Ragu, Peas and tomato sauce blended together in a creamy rich bechamel sauce and baked until the table is set and guests are invited to enjoy her Sicilian treat. Mangia tutti!
26 minutes long
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Thu May 14th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2309
Polenta With Vegetables / Polenta Con Le Verdure
Master Chef Lucca Paris of Lucca's Mediterranean Cafe in Keene, NH brings a basket full of straight-from the garden veggies and freshly-ground cornmeal to Mary Ann in her Ciao Italia kitchen. Together they make a simple but dramatic Chicory Tart with Onions, Umbrian Style, and then use the freshly-picked eggplant to make a hearty, winter-perfect Eggplant Stew with Polenta Squares.
26 minutes long
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Wed May 13th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2308
What Figs! - Che Fichi!
It's harvest time for Mary Ann's fig tree, and she's got a brimful basket of these tender beauties to create a savory Fig and Prosciutto Pizza. Then she makes a perfect dessert for a perfect meal; Figs with Whipped Cream. And if that's not enough figs to feature fondly, how about Amaretti-Stuffed Figs to snack on while you think about next year's crop of fantastic figs?
26 minutes long
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Tue May 12th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2307
Italian Cooking Lessons / Lezioni Di Cuciina Italian
Mary Ann gathers food bloggers from across the country in classroom setting at the Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont to show them the ins and outs of delicate Sweet Potato Gnocchi, savory Chicken Cutlets in White Wine, and to top things off, her ever-elegant Mom's Chiffon Cake with Lime Curd. Great food to write home about - and blog about too!
26 minutes long
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Episode #2306
Give Me Scallops! / Dammi Cappesante!
Seafood Master Chef Jasper White weighs anchor in the Ciao Italia kitchen and delivers Mary Ann the biggest scallops ever seen to create his famous Jumbo Sea Scallops in Their Shells. Not to be outdone by Jasper's ocean-inspired creativity, Mary Ann brings the garden to the sea to create her equally famous Scallops with Spinach.
26 minutes long
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Fri May 8th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2305
Homemade Ricotta / Ricotta Fatta in Casa
You'll never use store-bought ricotta again, after Mary Ann shows you how easy it is to make it yourself. And once it's done, get ready to make an unforgettable dessert: Roasted Pineapple with Ricotta Cream filled with crunchy pistachios. And don't forget this summertime, wintertime, anytime light luncheon treat: Ricotta Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes.
26 minutes long
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Thu May 7th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2304
Tasty and Easy Chicken / Pollo Saporito E Facile
It tastes a lot like chicken because it is - made especially delicious when Mary Ann prepares her signature Chicken Thighs in Beer, simmered until totally terrific. Then she stuffs chicken breasts with a creative combination of fresh spinach and creamy gorgonzola, and then bakes them until fork tender and table ready. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to here.
26 minutes long
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Wed May 6th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2303
Eat Salads! / Mangiate L'insalate
There's no end to the salads Mary Ann can create when Guy's Garden is in full-delivery mode, starting with a healthy, hearty Bulgur Salad. Then she combines two of her favorite veggies. Cauliflower and Broccoli in a creative, "give me seconds" salad, and finishes off her parade of salads with a tart and tasty Radicchio Salad.
26 minutes long
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Tue May 5th @ 9:00 am

Episode #2302
Sweet Things / Cose Dolci
Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo knows her way around fiscal cliffs and the family kitchen too as she and Mary Ann create an elegant Torta Margherita alla Crema di Caffe'. Then Mary Ann commits a calorie-cost overrun with her irresistible Chocolate Mousse, but Gina seconds Mary Ann's motion to dismiss - to enjoy this dessert instead.
26 minutes long
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