From an easy yet elegant dessert to a simply prepared pasta, get the recipes for the best eats and drinks from Giada's homeland.
In the Season 2 premiere, Giada De Laurentiis arrives in Florence, Italy, and heads straight to the local market. Later, she prepares a Tuscan-style lunch to share with friends, who are visiting from the U.S.
Giada reminisces about her grandmother and her love of rice, while pulling some twists of northern Italian favorites, including bitter rice, white chocolate orzo pudding, and artichoke-and-fennel crudo.
Giada pays tribute to her brother, who passed away from cancer, by creating a meal inspired by some of his favorite dishes. Included: cheesy mashed potatoes, charred broccoli rabe, pork chops with balsamic glaze.
Giada and her aunt Raffy travel by train to visit her great-aunt in Milan, Italy, where she prepares a favorite baked dish of zili stu fali for lunch.
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Giada celebrates her grandfather's love for food by creating some of his favorites, including carbonara cacio e Pepe, mussels with fennel and Italian beer, and olive oil sorbetto with berries and balsamic.
A boat trip along Florence's Amo River is accompanied by a traditional Italian picnic menu, featuring kale salsa verde bruschetta, tuna, white beans and bitter greens salad, and terrono mess for a light dessert.
Giada and her family cook for a reunion celebration at a villa in the Tuscan countryside. The menu includes octopus panzanella, hazelnut chicken, and stracciatella with strawberry and vin santo.
Giada and her daughter, Jade Thompson, visit Florence, Italy, to enjoy local culture, honor their family heritage, create new memories, and make meals inspired by the food customs of the area, one-pot creamy orzo, seared mushrooms, open-face pie.
Giada De Laurentiis works at the restaurants of master chef Fabio Picchi, where she learns about Florentine cuisine; Giada makes Italian dishes with a California spin, like prosciutto broth with farro and spinach and branzino puttanesca.
Giada's grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, filmed his movie, Hannibal (2001), in Florence, giving Giada inspiration for a meal, asparagus and grilled melon salad; sausage, chianti and fava bean spaghetti, chianti affogato.
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.
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 Spitz slushes.
Nonna V travels to Florence for a visit; Giada De Laurentiis 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 pomodore.