Mary Ann Esposito

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. In 2010, the series celebrated its milestone 21st season, making it the longest running cooking series in television history. For Mary Ann, the art of Italian cooking is a way of life. As a little girl growing up in Depew, New York, she watched her two Italian grandmothers create wonderful Italian dishes. Both nonnas, one Sicilian and one Neapolitan, were Italian natives and professional cooks. This upbringing instilled in Mary Ann a deep appreciation for Italian food and culture. But it was a pivotal trip to Italy that made her ponder hosting a television program to share her love. Thus, Ciao Italia was born. Through Ciao Italia and appearances on other television programs like The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, QVC, the Food Network, Discovery Channel, and FOX (not to mention Martha Stewart Radio, RAI International, The Victory Garden, Simply Ming, and so many others!), she has been able to share the cooking lessons she learned as a child with audiences around the world.