Welcome to Italy, a country that is famous all over the world for its rich history, its passionate people, and its beautiful landscape. For centuries, this magnificent land has been a magnet for those who love the arts. Here, fine painting, architecture, and music blend with the routine of everyday life. Throughout the centuries, however, Italy has become justly admired for something else as well - its food. Whether it is mouth-watering lasagna, or crisp pizza baked in a wood oven, Italian food tastes wonderful. It's no wonder that Italian cooking, or "la cucina Italiana", is one of the most popular culinary styles in the world today. In this program, we will first take a look at what Italian cooking is. Next, we will look at Italian eating habits as they changed through the years. Then, we will talk about regional differences in cooking styles throughout Italy. Finally, we will analyze the many benefits of eating Italian cooking.