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Snack Food, Italian-Style

Use leftover risotto to fry up arancini, an addictive Italian snack.

In Rome, there’s a McDonald’s mere steps from the Spanish Steps. It’s always busy, but I can’t imagine why anyone would choose McDonald’s over authentic Italian snack food. Fast-food French fries vs. freshly-fried arancini risotto balls? That’s a no-brainer.

“Italians are experts in some of the most creative and satisfying snack foods around,” says Mario Batali, a true expert in all things Italian (and all things delicious).

Tonight on Ciao America, Mario’s visiting food spots across the country for the best Italian snacks, stateside. In Rhode Island, Saint Louis and New York, Mario finds the panini, the frittatas, the grilled pizzas and spiedini that are ready to eat pronto!

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More Mario — Ciao America!

Mario Batali at Molinari's Deli in San Francisco, CA.

Ciao America! Tour Mario's Italian food picks here in the US.

Beloved Italian super-chef Mario Batali doesn’t just love cooking Italian, but eating it to. There’s no denying the guy’s one of the foremost experts on Italian in the country. So aren’t you just the least bit curious to see where his favorite places to eat are?

That’s why we’re psyched that Ciao America has found a new home on Cooking Channel. Beginning this Friday, we get to travel with him across our very own U. S. of A. as he eats his way through his favorite Italian dishes. Sign me up for the road trip!

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