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Giada Teaches Ellen DeGeneres How to Speak and Cook Italian – Video

In this episode of The Ellen Show, Giada De Laurentiis teaches Ellen a few Italian words and how to cook an excellent Italian meal!

Giada De Laurentiis visits The Ellen Show and teaches Ellen DeGeneres how to cook and speak Italian! Watch her make her signature Destroyer cocktail (recipe below), her one-pot Calabrian Chili pasta, and a pear crisp! Ellen completely butchers all of the Italian words! Which Italian word do you hate when people mispronounce!? Let us know in the comments!

Giada’s Destroyer Cocktail


  • 2 strips orange peel
  • 4 large basil leaves torn
  • 1 ½ ounces premium tequila
  • 3 ounces fresh tangerine juice
  • Fresh basil leaf and orange peel


  1. Place the orange peel in a cocktail shaker and use a wooden spoon to crush and bruise the peel.
  2. Add the basil leaves to the shaker along with the tequila and juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain into a double old fashioned glass with one large ice cube.
  5. Garnish with the fresh basil leaf and orange.

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