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Mary Ann Honored with Premio Artusi Award

** The prestigious award recognizes an individual who best exemplifies the art of preserving the traditions of Italian regional cooking **

FORLIMPOPOLI, ITALY – On Saturday, September 14, celebrity chef Mary Ann Esposito received the prestigious Premio Artusi Award, presented yearly to the individual who best exemplifies the art of preserving the traditions of regional cooking.

Esposito accepted the award in Forlimpopoli, Italy, home to Italian writer Pellegrino Artusi for whom the award is named. Artusi wrote the definitive work, The Art of Eating Well, which became the benchmark cookbook for all Italians.

“I am excited and honored to receive the Premio Artusi award,” said Esposito. “I am extremely proud of my Italian heritage, and I’m thankful I’ve been able to make it my life’s work to share Italian recipes and traditions that were passed down from my parents and grandparents. I strive to preserve the authenticity of Italian regional cooking, and I am humbled by this prestigious recognition.”

Esposito was selected to receive the award for her “extraordinary work in spreading the story of Italian cuisine in the United States through her television series, numerous books and articles aimed at preserving the best of Italian cooking,” according to Casa Artusi.

In the past the Artusi award has been given to: Wendell Berry (2008), Serge Latouche (2009), Don Luigi Ciotti (2010), Oscar Farinetti (2011), Andrea Segrè (2012), Gino Angelini (2007 ), Moshe Bassoon (2006), Vandana Shiva (2003), Muhammad Yunus (2001), Alice Waters (2000), Gualtiero Marchesi (1998), and Ermanno Olmi (1997).


  1. Deborah Woock's avatar
  2. Patrizia's avatar


    my warmest congratulations Mary Ann
  3. Bettyann Saggese's avatar

    Bettyann Saggese

    Well-deserved, Mary Ann! Your respect for Italian customs, traditions, culture and culinary arts is second to none. Thank you, and congratulations!
  4. Carol Lott's avatar

    Carol Lott

    You definitely represent the Italian American community in such a positive way. Thank you for helping to make Italian food so trendy.

  5. Chef Mike McCurdy's avatar

    Chef Mike McCurdy

    Complimenti Mary Ann!! I am so honored to have been there to see you receive the award. What a special and unforgettable experience! You inspire me, as a non-Italian, to stick to traditional recipes and "follow the rules" for the best results. Thank you for helping me become "Italian by osmosis" when traveling in Italy with you! Con molto affetto ....

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