One of the seminal shows of the early Food Network years, Molto Mario, is getting a reboot with six new episodes slated to debut next year. Mario Batali stopped filming the show that made him a star way back in 2004. Since then, he launched a slew of new restaurants — including a handful of Eatalys — while also filming countless hours of The Chew and Iron Chef America, as well as various side projects like Moltissimo and his mysterious new pilot In the Pinks. Batali is an extremely busy dude.
Scripps Network’s GM of U.S. programming and development, Allison Page, tells Variety: “Mario Batali has long been one of the most approachable and engaging chefs for audiences to enjoy and learn from, masterfully sharing his delicious recipes and stories... What could be better than starting a new year with new episodes of an all-time classic like Molto Mario.”
Production has already wrapped on the six new episodes of the show, although no word yet on just when, exactly, the program will air on Food Network. Batali originally filmed more than 75 episodes of the show, and they stayed in heavy rotation on the Food Network for around a decade. If you’re new to the Molto Mario phenomenon, perhaps consider checking out the episodes featuring Mario cooking with the Gyllenhaal siblings and his BFF Michael Stipe.
Meanwhile, another show from the early Food Network days, Good Eats, is also headed back to the basic cable channel next year. Stay tuned for more details on the revivals of both Molto Mario and Good Eats as they become available.
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