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Lidia's Italy In America
Join celebrity chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich as she embarks on another eye-opening culinary journey. Lidia's Italy in America explores the food, artisans and ingredients at the heart of Italian-American cooking. Over the course of 26-half hour episodes, Lidia traces the impact of Italian culture on American food, drink, art, music and fashion. She travels from the East Coast to the South to the Midwest to interview Italian-American families still making wine and vinegar in their garages or curing their own prosciutto, to visit the "Little Italys" keeping old-world traditions alive and to meet third- and fourth-generation Italians putting their twist on authentic recipes.
Distributed by: American Public Television (APT)
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Eastern Seaboard: Fishing Along America's Eastern Seaboard
Lidia heads to Providence, Rhode Island to visit Mark Gasbarro, owner of Gasbarro's wines, to learn about his favorite seafood pairings. Lidia goes crabbing in Chesapeake Bay; visits the Italian-American fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts; and goes fishing with Esca's Dave Pasternack off New York's coast.
New York: New York Pizza
Lidia shows viewers a typical New York pizza and then pays a visit to Eataly, where Sal at the cheese counter shows viewers how to make fresh mozzarella. Lidia makes traditional Italian Pizza Margherita from scratch, a Sausage and Spinach Calzone, and is joined in the kitchen by Grandma, who performs the official taste test.
USA: Shrimp, Shrimp, and More Shrimp
Lidia takes viewers on a journey to Italy to learn about pepperoncino, a quintessential ingredient in any Fra Diavolo dish. Tanya shows viewers that Italian Americans are internationally recognized for their great cuisine, which can be found everywhere from Sonoma, California to St. Louis, Missouri to Boston's North End. However, Tanya also explains that Italians are also leaders in popular American design, fashion, and sports. Back in New York, Lidia visits the fish counter at Eataly NYC and prepares a veritable showcase of delicious shrimp dishes: Shrimp Parmigiano, Shrimp Scampi, and Shrimp Fra Diavolo.
San Diego: Giant Squid, Milanese Style
Lidia shares her memories of San Diego with viewers and heads out to do some more fishing with Esca's Dave Pasternack. Joined by Del Posto's Mark Ladner, Lidia makes a Giant Squid Milanese, Stuffed Mushrooms, and Spinach Salad.
Italian Style Breakfast for Dinner
Lidia cooks frittatas today; they are delicious for lunch AND dinner and are also a great way to use leftover vegetables and day old bread. Recipes include Ricotta Frittata, Sausage, Eggs & Pepper Frittata and an Asparagus and Onion frittata. She also visits Brooklyn's famous Faicco with dear friend and restaurateur, Angelo Vivolo, to see their Italian American tradition of making sausage.
New York Italian Style
In this episode, Lidia shares three delicious recipes that she picked up on Arthur Avenue and in Little Italy, New York. Zucchini and Eggplant Parmigiana, Roberto's Chicken Piccante and Skillet Cauliflower Torrisi are all the very core of Italian American comfort food. She also visits the Maugeri Farms in southern New Jersey and the Migliorelli food stand in Union Square Market in New York City to see what kind of traditions these Italian American families are passing down to generations to come.
Heartwarming Italian American Classics
Italians are known for their big family meals, and in this episode Lidia celebrates two heart-warming Italian-American classics that are perfect for any Sunday get together - Chicken Trombino and Italian American Meatloaf - two family friendly dishes that will bring your loved ones close to the table.
Sicily In New York City
The Sicilians were a large immigrant community in lower Manhattan and other areas of New York City, and they brought with them several dishes from their homeland. Today, Lidia celebrates the Sicilians with a Stuffed Calamari Dish and a Broccoli with Garlic and Anchovies. She then makes a Cappuccino Cake which she actually discovered in New Orleans - another locale with a very large Sicilian population.
Kansas City Alla Parmigiana
Italian American immigrants headed to the Midwest and created their communities in cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In this episode, Lidia celebrates some of the Italian American dishes found on many a Kansas City menu including Penne Rigate alla Vodka, Chicken Parmigiana and Tiramisu. We'll even enjoy a moment where Lidia went back to Emilia Romagna to visit with her dear friend, Monica, to see how the chickens there are raised and appreciated.
Everyone loves pasta, and Lidia is known for her hundreds of super easy and really delicious pasta dishes that can be prepared any day of the week. In fact, this episode contains recipes that are perfect for the busiest of days, including Baked Ziti, Fettuccine Alfredo and Spaghetti with Basil Pistachio Pesto.
From Bloomfield to the Strip In Pittsburgh
Lidia opened her own restaurant in the Strip District in Pittsburgh where other Italian-American immigrants also started earlier businesses. But Pittsburgh's other well known "Little Italy" is called Bloomfield. In this episode, Lidia shares recipes from both of these areas, Braised Veal Shank, Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes and Peas with Bacon. She also visits with Maria Merante, a wonderful Italian American woman who left her mark in Pittsburgh.
It's Chicken Time
Everyone loves a great chicken dish and in this episode Lidia demonstrates the Braised Chicken with Smoky Provola and the Chicken Cacciatore Dishes. She also prepares a wonderful summertime salad, Panzanella, made of tomatoes and day old bread.
Italian American Sandwiches
The Italians love their small Panini, but here in the U.S. those traditional sandwiches took on lives of their own. In this episode, Lidia shows the New Orleans Muffaletta sandwich, the Veal Hamburger Parmiciano from St. Louis and Chicago's Italian Beef Sandwich and finds out more about where they came from.
New England's Italy
As the Italian immigrants settled the Northeastern coast of the United States, they did what they knew from their homeland. In many cases, this included fishing for the local catch. In this episode, Lidia makes Calamari Fra Diavolo over Linguine and she also prepares a Salt Cod, Potato & String Bean Salad. For dessert, there is nothing like a super simple and totally delicious "Zuppa Inglese."
Italian American Sandwiches #2
Once again, Lidia looks at the history of some Italian American local sandwich beginnings, starting with Baltimore's Italian American Civic Club Sandwich, a Primanti Sandwich and a Prosciutto, Scallion and Egg Sandwich. She also makes a delicious Celery, Artichoke and Mortadella Salad to accompany the sandwiches.
St. Louis's Little Italy
Everyone loves a warm plate of Spaghetti & Meatballs, and today Lidia teaches the viewer how to take that classic and make it the way she loves to eat it. She also adds a Sicilian specialty - arancini - or Rice Balls to the menu.
For The Love of Vegetables
Italians love their vegetables, and they are known for having some of the simplest, freshest and most delicious vegetable dishes of any country. In this episode, Lidia makes Stuffed Escarole, Stuffed Artichoke and Meat Stuffed Eggplant.
For The Love of Soup
Soup is a great start to any meal and Lidia explores two different types: Minestrone and Artichoke Soup. She travels to Le Marche in Italy to learn about ricotta cheese and finishes off the meal with her favorite Italian Cheesecake recipe.
Philadelphia's Beef Rolls and Boston's North End
Lidia cooks a savory meal of Braised Beef Rolls and Spinach and Bacon. She takes viewers to 9th Street Market in Philadelphia where she heads to DiBruno Bros, a 4th generation owned cheese shop that boasts Italian delicacies.
Lip Smacking Roman Style Saltimbocca
Lidia makes Italian- American favorites: Mozzarella Sticks, Veal Saltimbocca and Zeppole. She heads to Eataly in New York City to learn how mozzarella is made.
Shrimping, Crabbing and Clamming
Lidia goes clamming with Dave Pasternack in Long Island before heading to Tangiers Island near Baltimore to watch the locals do what they do best, crabbing. Her recipes include a large array of seafood. She makes Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cakes, Baked Clams Oreganato, for a feast from the sea.
From Walken's Bakery to Scialo's Bakery
These recipes are a sweet way to end any meal. Lidia makes Boston Cream Cupcakes, Almond Pine Nut Cookies and Lemon Granita. She then heads to Scialo's Bakery, where she was inspired to create her own Boston Cream Cupcake recipe.
New York's Southern Italian
Lidia makes cannelloni, explores pasta making traditions in Italy and makes a Brooklyn discovery in Frankie's Spuntino, two men cooking Italian-American food with a modern twist.
Comfort Foods for Your Table
Lidia makes three different types of pasta: Stuffed Shells, Pasta Alla Primavera and Macaroni and Cheese. In Pennsylvania she takes viewers to The Macaroni Company, a 4th generation Italian supermarket and goes to Eataly to enjoy an Italian-American picnic.
Another Seafood Celebration
Casino Clams, Mussels Triestina and Cioppino are delicious ways to enjoy seafood. Lidia takes viewers to Swann Oyster Depot for King Crab Legs and Eataly to explore the fish counter. Many Italians from the northwestern coastal region of Liguria settled in the San Francisco area, and it's not surprising that they brought their Cioppino with them. At the popular Scoma's restaurant, located right on the water, the Cioppino is a little different than what you would find in Italy but certainly inspired by the original Ligurian version.
Three Favorite Pastas
Lidia cooks Pasta e fagioli, Bucatini Amatriciana and Tagliatelle Bolognese. She heads to Italy to learn how to make pasta from the experts and also visits Seghesio Vineyards in California, to meet one of the most long-standing winemaking families in the Sonoma Valley.
Italian Style Steak
Lidia makes Fettuccine with Malfada Sauce, Steak with Pizzaiola Sauce and Ricotta Cookies. Lidia visits the Immigrant Monument in Woldenburg Park of New Orleans, and Tanya takes viewers to explore the impressive collection at the Nelson-Atkins museum in Kansas City.
Pasta Two Ways
Pasta with Lentils, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and St. Joseph's Fig Cookies are on Lidia's menu. Lidia takes part in the New Orleans traditional St. Joseph's Day celebration that happens every March 19th, a true Sicilian celebration that made its way to New Orleans along with the large immigration of Sicilians.
St. Louis and Chicago Style Pizza
Lidia enjoys a New York slice of pizza and heads to Caputo's, a family-owned Italian grocery in Chicago. She teaches viewers how to make their own pizzas with her Deep Dish Pizza and St. Louis Pizza recipes.
Three Quick and Easy Italian Dinners
In this episode, Lidia makes three dishes that can be made any day of the week. Cauliflower Soup, Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Capers, Orecchiette with Artichokes & Bacon are the highlights in this episode. Lidia then visits Dino Cortopassi, owner of Corto Olive near Sacramento California to hear his family's colorful culinary history.
- Fried Mozzarella Sticks
- Lamb Chunks with Olives
- Meat Stuffed Eggplant
- Pizza Dough
- Risotto with Vegetables
- Scallion and Asparagus Salad
- Stuffed Artichokes
- Traditional Pizza Margherita
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