Ciao America With Mario Batali premiered on FOOD in October 1, 2003. America has a longtime love affair with Italian food and all things Italian. Now, Chef Mario Batali crosses the country in search of the folks who cook up the best Italian eats, and keep the Italian way of life alive on our shores. He'll meet up with families, chefs, shop keepers and food artisans to find out their secrets for making the most delectable Italian food. They'll also share their stories, traditions and show you how to live La Dolce Vita (the sweet life) everyday.