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Saturday, September 11 at 11:30 a.m. Ciao Italia Marathon

(Rochester, NY) WXXI presents a Ciao Italia marathon Saturday, September 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Featuring four episodes, host Mary Ann Esposito will visit Sorrento, Italy and New Hampshire, and prepare a seafood salad, fried cardoons, paccheri, Easter bread, and more. During the broadcast, viewers will learn about the Big Brother/Big Sister October 16th event with Mary Ann Esposito at the Culinary Center in Canandaigua, and how to get tickets.

Since 1989, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito has been aired on public television stations from coast to coast and worldwide. Currently in its 18th season, Ciao Italia is the longest running cooking show on television.

Featured episodes and air times below:

In Campania with Students/In Campagna Studenti Mary Ann travels to Sorrento, Italy on the Amalfi Coast where she's joined by a group of eager, hungry students who prepare classic Campania recipes like Cheese-Filled Ravioli-Capri Style, Grandma Galasso's Stuffed, Rolled Beef, Seafood Salad, and to top things off, Chocolate Almond Cake-Amalfi-Style.

Eat Cardoons!/Mangiate Cardi! Mary Ann's in for a treat when she visits Spring Ledge Farm in New London, NH for their cardoon harvest. Bearing a basket of this unique, celery-like vegetable, she visits famed children's book author and illustrator Tomie DePaola for lunch, and together they make Fried Cardoons, Twice-Cooked Cardoons, Cardoons Brindisi-Style, and they still want more! You will too.

Perfect Paccheri/Paccheri Perfetti This unique, tube-shaped pasta has room inside for all kinds of secret things. Mary Ann recounts how Italians used to smuggle cloves of garlic across the Austrian border inside these little beauties. But today she makes even better use of them by creating Paccheri with Shrimp, Paccheri with Mushroom Sauce, and Paccheri with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Smuggle in your appetite.

Nonna Galasso's Neapolitan Easter Bread/Casatiello alla Nonna Galasso There's no place like home, and no cook like Grandma Galasso. Mary Ann remembers her Nonna's traditional Easter treat when she prepares Grandma Galasso's Savory Filled Neapolitan Easter Bread. Stuffed with mouthwatering chunks of Mortadella and Provolone, it's a childhood memory come to life... and to the table.

Pictured: Mary Ann Esposito
Credit: Ciao Italia Online


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