Giada De Laurentiis has made her Italian heritage a major part of her culinary point of view throughout her career. In this series, she returns to the land of her birth for an extended stay, spending time with friends and family and revisiting flavors that have inspired her life's work. She hopes the ingredients and beauty of Italy help give her inspiration for her recipes. Whether she's going through her grandmother's old recipe book with her aunt or cooking for her uncle's soccer team, her family heritage is the focus of Giada's dishes throughout her stay in Italy.
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Giada De Laurentiis and her Aunt Raffy visit the Southern Italian town of Torre Annunziata; linguine with anchovy and walnuts, and fusilli with fresh pomodoro.
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Giada prepares a Tuscan-style lunch featuring Bistecca alla Fiorentina, white bean and cavalo nero, along with a bottle of local Chianti and biscotti and sweet wine for dessert.
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Carbonara cacio e Pepe; mussels with fennel and Italian beer; olive oil sorbetto with berries and balsamic.
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Giada De Laurentiis hosts a wine and appetizer party featuring a menu of savory crostata, potato crisps with goat cheese and olives, and parmesan and prosciutto-spiced plums.
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The abundance of seafood and citrus found in Sorrento, Italy inspires dishes including grilled swordfish with candied lemon salad, and shrimp and grapefruit skewers.
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Giada De Laurentiis arrives in Italy; grilled treviso with citrus bagna cauda; a pan-seared branzino with tomato and capers; fresh citrus with gelato and almond cookies.
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Giada hosts a cocktail party on her villa deck for neighbors and friends, serving an assortment of Italian cocktails along with small bites including vegan artichoke arancini and smoked whitefish crostini.
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Nonna V travels to Florence for a visit; Giada creates a lovely dinner to be shared; the menu includes Italian dishes with a twist; burrata and strawberry bruschetta, grilled artichokes with bagna cauda and pappa al pomodoro.
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Giada De Laurentiis learns the art of cannoli-making from a Southern Italian pastry maker; then she creates a unique cannoli filling with chocolate amaretto, as well as a few other desserts like Baci ice cream sandwiches and Aperol Spritz slushies.
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Giada De Laurentiis hosts a cocktail party on a terrace near Florence's famed Duomo and creates a menu to celebrate its history in the fashion world; crab arancini; avocado white bean dip; grappa poached pears with speck.
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A portable menu consisting of prosciutto cotto pinwheels, marinated salumi sandwiches, and tomato avocado and escarole salad.
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Octopus panzanella; hazelnut chicken and stracciatella with strawberry and vin santo.
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A portable poolside menu features sweet and tangy orzo salad, grilled chicken and broccoli pesto panini, and double-chocolate brownies.
Giada De Laurentiis hosts a family gathering to celebrate what would have been her grandfather Dino De Laurentiis' 100th birthday; Giada pays tribute to him with a lively bash by the sea and some of his favorite recipes.
Capri, Italy, has long inspired painters, writers and poets, while the rich landscape and plentiful sea has inspired chefs; the creativity of some of the local restaurants prompts Giada to create a dinner menu that features local food favorites.
Italy's island of Capri is known for delicious pastries and sweets; Giada De Laurentiis samples some of the island's best and then heads to the kitchen to put a spin on her favorite flavors.
On Capri, Giada makes a picnic to celebrate la dolce vita, or the sweet life, with her daughter and mother; she makes Amalfi Lemon Chicken, Grilled Plum and Pistachio Salad, Pan-Fried Zucchini and Grilled Shrimp with Peach Cocktail Sauce.
Giada and her Aunt Raffy love to get together in the kitchen and create some of their favorite family recipes; in honor of Nonno Dino's upcoming 100th birthday, they create a multi-step Italian dish that was one of his favorites, a Timballo Genovese.
Giada heads to Capri, a picturesque Italian island where she and her family vacation; Giada enjoys lunch with her daughter, Jade, and prepares Aglio E Olio with Peas and Prosciutto, Fritto Misto, Mista Salad and Lemon Crepes with Almond Mascarpone.
Giada De Laurentiis lets her hair down as she demonstrates her love for cooking and entertaining California-style in this disarmingly laid-back show that allows De Laurentiis to venture far afield from her usual Italian culinary fare. Whether it's for a festive bash or an intimate meal, De Laurentiis invites friends and families to her house for a day of food, fun and memories. She also heads out to locations such as beaches for some of her culinary get-togethers.
Giada De Laurentiis gets out of her Food Network kitchen for some relaxing three-day getaways in which she advises viewers on how to enjoy the local color and tantalizing dining opportunities that different cities have to offer. Some locations Giada has visited in her travels include Miami and Los Angeles.
Houseguests in the form of friends and family usually gather at houses for meals and parties during the holiday season. It can be overwhelming for people who aren't used to entertaining throughout the year, but Giada De Laurentis is ready to help folks get through the holidays with as little stress as possible. On each episode, she presents recipes and tips for making themed party favors for guests, whether at a Thanksgiving meal or a Yuletide bash. De Laurentiis' advice doesn't end there; the longtime chef and TV host also offers ideas for music and decor pairings.
Entertaining family and friends in your home can be a daunting task for some people. Luckily, longtime Food Network personality Giada De Laurentiis is a pro at throwing parties and is offering her expertise to viewers. Her goal is to prove that throwing a bash can be easy while also being enjoyable for the host and guests. Whether preparing for a casual night in with friends or an epic tailgate for football fanatics, De Laurentiis has tips to help plan the party, including crowd-pleasing food and drinks that can be served.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli modernizes favorite recipes that have been passed down through her family over the years in this weekly series. Her closest friends -- including "Hot in Cleveland" co-stars Betty White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick -- are the beneficiaries of Bertinelli's cooking, as she invites them over to indulge in her meals and share a laugh or two. Dishes including Italian tuna salad, baked salmon and blueberry smoothies are on the menu in Bertinelli's kitchen. Good conversation and spending time with friends are also on tap for the Golden Globe-winning actress and cookbook author.