Italians love entertaining and celebrating life with family, friends, and food. Today, Lidia shares recipes that fit any kind of party. She starts with stewed savory peppers, a delicious antipasto, especially when served with lots of grilled or toasted bread. Next, she makes pear bellini, a fruity and bubbly cocktail guests can sip on while enjoying antipasti; and who doesn't love fried balls of rice? Lidia shows viewers how to make rice balls with sausage ragù.
Daytime Emmy®-winner Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with grace, confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow for spontaneity, and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum of kitchen wisdom — tips and techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table. Over the course of 26 episodes, Lidia makes a variety of rustic yet elegant appetizers, entrees and desserts.