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Mary Ann to Appear on Throwdown with Bobby Flay

UPDATE: The contest-winning recipes from viewers are available here!

Mary Ann will appear as a guest judge on an upcoming "Vegetable Lasagna Throwdown" on Food Network, and we want you to participate!

In Throwdown, Chef Bobby Flay issues surprise challenges to cooks renowned for a specific dish. While the contestants believe Food Network wants to exhibit their stellar cooking on a special episode, Bobby practices the dish in question and then drops in to issue a culinary throwdown. Excitement heightens as expert judges perform a blind taste test to determine a winner.

In an upcoming episode, Mary Ann will guest judge a vegetable lasagna throwdown.

The episode premieres Wednesday, March 2nd at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network.

Known for the lasagna at their popular Boston restaurant, Nebo, sisters Christine and Carla Pallotta battle Bobby in a vegetable lasagna throwdown. Bobby uses a variety of crisp, fresh vegetables to compete against Christine and Carla’s Italian zucchini version.

Now Mary Ann has a "throwdown" challenge for you!

Here's how you can participate:

1. Watch the episode with friends and some of your favorite food (you can even send us a picture, if you want).

2. Email us at with the subject line Throwdown and tell us which dish Mary Ann chose.

3. Include in your email your best vegetable lasagna recipe, and we will judge the winner based on ease of prep, use of ingredients, and taste.

The winner will receive an autographed copy of Mary Ann's latest book, Ciao Italia: Five-Ingredient Favorites, and we will feature your recipe in the next issue of Ciao Italia Posta.


  1. Dan G's avatar

    Dan G

    That is so exciting!! I love that show but I no longer have cable :(
  2. Brenda Cephas's avatar

    Brenda Cephas

    I like Mrs. Esposito's show and admire her dedication to her Italian cuisine. Just want to say, I admire her for it. I'm a F that has been around since she started and admire appreciate what she has done---GOO ITALIA!!!

    I've been watching, Martin Yan too, and now can appreciate what you ALL have been giving from the heart!

    With Love, Brenda Cephas
  3. carol molinari monks's avatar

    carol molinari monks

    loved the look of that veggies lasagna but bobbys sounded good too with the mushrooms and sauce!

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