Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the public television series Ciao Italia celebrating 25 years as the longest running cooking series in television history.
She is the author of 12 best-selling cookbooks. Her latest, Ciao Italia Family Classics, was named one of the best new cookbooks by Esquire in 2011.
Through Ciao Italia and appearances on The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, QVC, Food Network, Discovery Channel, FOX, Martha Stewart Radio, RAI International and others, Mary Ann has shared traditional Italian cooking with audiences around the world. She has cooked with Julia Child, Robert Irvine, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pepin, Ming Tsai, Martin Yan and others.
National and international organizations have recognized Mary Ann’s efforts to preserve the traditions surrounding Italian food and culture.
From 2010-2014, her honors include:
National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) Special Achievement Award in Culinary Arts.
Stella d’Italia Cavalierei knighthood awarded by the president of the Italian Republic.
Premio Artusi Award for promoting Italian food.
Italian Trade Commission Hall of Fame honoree.
Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) Lifetime Achievement in the Culinary & Cultural Arts of Italy award.
Mary Ann holds a Masters Degree from the University of New Hampshire and an honorary doctorate for her dedication to teaching and preserving authentic Italian cuisine from St. Anselm College.