Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy

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Stanley Tucci hosting a food show is a treat

Words by Kristal Trotter

Award-winning actor Stanley Tucci has always praised his Italian heritage, so it comes to no surprise — but much delight — that he is the host of a new food show. Being the first original travel-food show on CNN after the passing of Anthony Bourdain in 2018, Tucci has some big shoes to fill, but his mission to show Italy beyond pizza, pasta, spaghetti and meatballs is promising.

We all love Stanley Tucci, am I right? The Academy Award-nominated actor who gave us Big Night — a must-see for all the Italophiles — is the host of the highly anticipated six-part CNN Original Series ‘Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy’. Even though the food show premieres February 14th, you can already get a taste thanks to a full episode sneak peek here. In this free episode where he walks through the Tuscan cobbled streets, Tucci shares childhood memories of the year him and his family lived in Florence when he was twelve years old, an experience that started his lifelong love affair with Italy.

In a recent interview, Tucci said that with this series he wants to show where Italy is now and how it has dealt with immigration. Although this delicate topic wasn’t the main course in the ‘Tuscany’ episode, Florentine chef Fabio Picchi did mention how Livorno, a city that had a reputation of being a free thinking city by the sea and that encouraged immigrants to settle in during the Renaissance, attracted people from all over Europe; la torta di ceci livornese, a large pancake made of chickpea flour, olive oil, salt, water and cooked in a wood oven, is an example of how the Greek, Syrian and Libyan cultures influenced the territory.

With only six episodes, the usual cities we all know and love are explored, but with many Italian regions left, we can hope for many more seasons.

Check out the trailer below.


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