Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ciao Italia Launches Season 19 This Saturday

This Saturday, April 26, 2008, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito™, America's longest running cooking program, launches its astonishing 19th consecutive season.

The show's 19th season, or 1800 series, will feature a number of appearances by notable guest chefs as well as on-location filming in Sicily and around the U.S.

"This season we have an amazing line up of shows," said Esposito. "It may be one of our strongest ever. From the guest chefs who visited us nella cucina, to our memorable trip to Sicily, every show was a joy to produce. I couldn't be more pleased and I can't wait to share them with the thousands of Friends of Ciao Italia here in America, and all over the world."

Joining Mary Ann nella cucina, this season is a cast of celebrated guests who share Mary Ann's passion for authentic, traditional, Italian cooking. Some highlights include:

Cooking Live with Roberto Donna
Chef Roberto Donna joins Mary Ann on stage for a cooking demonstration before a live audience of hungry fans. Mary Ann prepares her favorite Sicilian street food; hot and hearty, rice and meat filled, deep fried Arancine (Little Oranges). While she works away, Roberto works up his favorite street food which is crispy, Ricotta-Filled Deep Fried Calzones. What a lucky audience. They get to taste it.

Glorious Shrimp - Gamberi Gloriosi
Seafood Celebrity Chef Jasper White turns a simple shrimp cocktail into a taste sensation. His secret? Marinate the cooked shrimp in the cooking water and you get Retro Shrimp. Serve it with a seafood sauce spiked with fresh horseradish and you're in heaven. Mary Ann takes that same shrimp and heads off in a different delicious direction by preparing spicy hot and hearty Guy's Shrimp and Tomato Basil Pasta Dish.

Cooking Live with Sal Scognamillo
Sal Scognamillo, the famous chef/owner of Patsy's Restaurant in New York City joins Mary Ann on stage to create two mouthwatering desserts for a live audience that can't wait to taste them. Mary Ann makes an unforgettable Panettone Bread Pudding and Sal wraps things up with his famous ricotta cheese filled Zeppoles Your sweet tooth will be aching in a wonderful way.

Click here for a full description of all 26 episodes.

In addition to Mary Ann's exciting guest chef lineup this season, she also goes on location in Sicily to deliver the country's culture and history direct into viewers' living rooms.

Running for 19 consecutive seasons, no other cooking show in the country can match Ciao Italia's longevity. Season 19 of Ciao Italia provides 26 entertaining episodes of some of the best, most authentic, traditional Italian cooking being offered today.

In addition to the launch of the 19th season of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, the show recently launched a brand new website that now features video recipe content and insider tips for premium members. The new site can be found at

Click here for more information aboutMary Ann Esposito and Ciao Italia™

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