Searching for Italy
- By Arlene Winnick
- Photo Courtesy of CNN
Stanley Tucci is a brilliant actor who portrayed a wide range of characters from charmers to the despicable. In his newest and most personal role in CNN’s documentary Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (premiering February 14th), he’s our tour guide taking viewers on a culinary journey as we discover a rich cultural history as explored through the county’s food and drink. Each episode explores a different region or city from Rome, Tuscany, Sicily to Milan, Bologna and Naples. In each location we meet the people and hear the stories of the area’s unique cuisine and ingredients but also the history and heritage. Yes, your mouth will be drooling in envy as he tastes and describes each dish. The documentary brought back my personal memory of going to the birthplace of Fettuccine Alfredo in Rome. Though Tucci was born in New Yok, his parents are of Calabrian descent and food was very important to them stressing the value of preserving recipes and traditions. Per Tucci, “This was a passion project and love letter to the place where my family is from.” Tucci is an accomplished chef with two published cookbooks. His chef journey began when he spent two years in the kitchen of a top Italian chef as he prepared for his role in Big Night, a film about two immigrant brothers running a restaurant.
With travel curtailed, let “Searching for Italy” transport you!