Need suggestions for learning to cool real Italian food

I cook a lot but have spent the last few years focusing on Asian food or else going back to my Southern roots. I've never had a whole lot of interest in Italian but realize I'm giving short shrift to a major cuisine and I could use a culinary challenge. I've watched a fair amount of Molto Mario (because I just love Mario Batali, bless his little orange shoes) so I know there's way more to it than pasta and red sauce but I'd like some suggestions for books, video, etc. to learn more about real Italian food. What have you got for me, Serious Eaters?


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