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Saturday, March 3 at 12 p.m. Lidia’s Italy in America Marathon

(Rochester, NY) – Join celebrity chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich as she embarks on another eye-opening culinary journey in Lidia’s Italy in America. On Saturday, March 3 at 12 pm on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable1011 and 11), enjoy five episodes back to back of Lidia's Italy in America, as she explores the food, artisans and ingredients at the heart of Italian-American cooking. 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. During the broadcast viewers will learn about Lidia coming to Hochstein School of Music & Dance for a cooking demonstration in June, and how you can get tickets.

Episodes featured in this Lidia marathon include:

Baltimore: A Baltimore Classic—The Civic Club Sandwich
In this episode, Lidia heads to Baltimore, where she visits an institution of Italian food: Di Pasquale’s market. Back in the kitchen, Lidia prepares Spiedini alla Romana, Minestrone, and the Italian-American Civic Club Sandwich.

New York City and New Jersey: An Italian-American Picnic in NYC
In this episode Lidia and Tanya embark on a whirlwind tour of New York City. Tanya takes viewers to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and Lidia brings viewers to Union Square Market, where she shops for the makings of an Italian-American picnic. Lidia prepares a delicious Fried Zucchini Prosciutto; a Scallion and Egg Sandwich; and a Celery, Artichoke, and Mortadella Salad.

USA: Italian-American and Truly Italian
Lidia travels to Boston to visit Christine and Carla Pallotta, owners of Nebo restaurant, to hear their story and taste their gnocchi, made from a recipe passed down from their mother. Later, Lidia explores a variety of crustaceans, including a scallop still in its shell. Lidia’s grandchildren—Olivia, Miles, and Ethan—help her prepare Italian American Shrimp and Gnocchi with Gorgonzola.

New Orleans: A Cup and a Slice of Capuccino
Lidia heads south to New Orleans, where she visits Brocato’s to sample a few of her favorite desserts. She then checks out the bustling, produce-filled, open-air Crescent City Farmer’s Market, where farmers and shoppers are brought together by their love of fresh food. Lidia makes Meat-Stuffed Eggplant, Veal Scallopine Marasala, and for dessert, she prepares a Cappuccino Cake.

San Francisco and Napa: Soupy in San Francisco
Out on the Golden Coast, Lidia visits Swann Oyster Depot in San Francisco where she checks out King Crab legs, and then shows viewers the wide variety of sizes of artichokes at Pezzini Farms. Lidia prepares Stuffed Artichokes and Cioppino—a San Francisco Italian-American classic.

Pictured: Lidia Bastianich

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