Mary Ann Esposito Ciao Italia

About Mary Ann Esposito

Authenticity, history and tradition.

As the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, Mary Ann has brought those values to millions of Americans. This year, the series celebrates its milestone 25st season, making it the longest running cooking series in television history.

Through Ciao Italia and appearances on other television programs including The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, QVC, the Food Network, Discovery Channel, Fox, Martha Stewart Radio, RAI International, The Victory Garden, Simply Ming and so many others!), she has been able to share traditional Italian cooking with audiences around the world.

Countless organizations have recognized Mary Ann for her efforts to preserve the traditions surrounding Italian food and culture. In 2013 she received the Order of the Star of Italy knighthood award from the President of the Italian Republic as well as the Premio Artusi award for her work in promoting Italian food. Johnson and Wales University presented Mary Ann with their Distinguished Author Award. St. Anselm College conferred an honorary doctorate for her dedication to teaching and preserving authentic Italian cuisine. The Italian Trade Commission further distinguished Mary Ann by naming her a 2010 Hall of Fame honoree.

Mary Ann is the author of 12 cookbooks. Her most recent, Ciao Italia Family Classics.

In addition, she hosts an annual trip to Italy for students to experience hands on cooking classes. Visit her web site at