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Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

CNN 2021

A six-part docuseries that follows Stanley Tucci as he travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country’s regional cuisines. Viewers will go along with him as he enjoys the luxurious creamy carbonara of Rome, the delicious simplicity of Sicily’s pasta à la Norma, the saffron-infused silkiness of risotto in Milan, the crispy tenderness of bistecca à la fiorentina, the perfect classic ragu à la bolognese and the world’s best pizza in Naples.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S1E6

#1 - Sicily (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Stanley Tucci visits Sicily. Here, Stanley tries a salty crunchy sensation, tastes the grapes grown in the region’s unique soils, and reflects on Sicilian hospitality.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 64 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S1E5

#2 - Tuscany (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Stanley Tucci explores his former home: Tuscany. Stanley does a wine bar crawl, celebrates the importance of the lowly loaf and samples dishes which use stale bread as the key ingredient.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 70 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S1E4

#3 - Milan (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Stanley Tucci eats and drinks his way around Milan. Here, Stanley enjoys an aperitivo, feels inspired to make pizzoccheri – a noodle made from buckwheat, and enjoys classic Milanese – veal chops and risotto.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 69 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S2E8

#4 - Liguria (Season 2 - Episode 8)

In this episode, Stanley Tucci visits one of the most famous and frequented regions of Italy – the Italian Riviera – which is famous for the glitz and glamour of Portofino and stunning picture-perfect fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Liguria is a thin strip of mountainous land, sandwiched between the Alps and Apennines, and lined with rugged scenery and stunning coastal views. The capital of Genoa, once a wealthy merchant empire, offers a richness of cuisine fit for a prince from personalized stamped pasta to its most internationally acclaimed export, Genoese pesto. Tucci will discover how Ligurians have learned to adapt to life in this difficult landscape and how they have found ingenious solutions to survive frugally yet thrive.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 11 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S1E2

#5 - Rome (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Stanley Tucci heads to Rome in search of the famous Four Pastas. Stanley orders rigatoni all’amatriciana, samples carbonara and tries a selection of cheeses and sausages made from the sheep and pigs farmed in the region.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 72 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S2E6

#6 - Sardinia (Season 2 - Episode 6)

In this episode, Stanley Tucci visits the Italian island of Sardinia. Famous for its harsh, rugged landscape, crystal blue ocean, and passionately preserved traditions, Tucci will learn how Sardinian food culture varies wildly throughout the island. He experiences the culinary delights of its coastal cities influenced by previous civilizations, and ventures inland to discover the rural heart of Sardinia, which remains untouched from outsider influence. This mysterious and mystical island is full of treasures and Sardinians are proud of their heritage and culinary diversity. One thing is certain: whoever steps foot on this island, will never want to leave.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 15 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S1E1

#7 - Naples and the Amalfi Coast (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Stanley Tucci feasts on pizza in Naples. Stanley embarks on a whirlwind tour to find the freshest mozzarella and the best San Marzano tomatoes, and enjoys a spectacular spaghetti and zucchini.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 86 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S1E3

#8 - Bologna (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Stanley Tucci explores Bologna, seen by many as the food capital of Italy. Bologna is home to globally renowned protected food products: parmigiano, prosciutto de parma and traditional balsamic vinegar to name but a few.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 69 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S2E5

#9 - Calabria (Season 2 - Episode 5)

In this episode, Stanley Tucci travels through the Calabria region, discovering the history of this beautiful and troubled place, as well as the history of his own family. Joined by his parents and reunited with Italian relatives, he reflects on the inspiration people draw from Calabria, and why those who leave this region feel compelled to return.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 27 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S2E4

#10 - London (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Stanley sets out to explore how Italian immigration has transformed the food scene in his adopted hometown of London. Forget what you think you know about this city. London is a culinary mecca where Italian food from every region gets a chance to shine. The burrata is so creamy and pasta is so fresh that it may rival Italy itself. For over a century, Italians here have found inventive ways to create Italian food so good it’s enough to render Stanley speechless.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 36 votes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S2E7
#11 - Puglia
Season 2 - Episode 7

In this episode, Stanley Tucci visits Puglia, a region famous for its fragrant olive oil, beautiful vegetables, cheeses, and durum wheat. Despite being such a fertile region, Puglia is also one of Italy’s poorest and Tucci discovers how today’s spirit of innovation was forged out of hard times. From Bari’s raw seafood to Cisternino’s Fornelli and Foggia’s burnt grain to cheesemaker Vito’s Apulian blue cheeses, it is clear that by reclaiming their past, the Pugliese are taking ownership of their past and embracing the future on their own terms.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S2E2
#12 - Piedmont
Season 2 - Episode 2

Stanley visits the region that made the dream of unified Italy a reality. Piedmont boasts refined French heritage and precious peasant traditions. Once the engine room of Italian industrialization, Piedmont is now spearheading a slow food revolution. Between reimagined risotto and the elusive white truffle, Stanley discovers a region with an illustrious past but with its sights firmly set on the future.

The episode was rated from 42 votes.
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S2E3
#13 - Umbria
Season 2 - Episode 3

While this small, predominantly rural region lives in the shadow of its more glamourous neighbor, Tuscany, Umbria has an ancient history that predates even the Romans. From wild boar hunts to incredible black truffle farms, Stanley explores the riches this land has to offer, while also questioning whether old traditions and centuries of religious orthodoxy are preventing younger generations from breaking through.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy - S2E1
#14 - Venice
Season 2 - Episode 1

Stanley Tucci visits the Veneto, once the center of a world-trading empire, and home to the “Floating City,” Venice. Stanley explores the ingenuity of the Venetians, who have embraced the unexpected delights and challenges of the lagoon, in addition to the produce of Veneto’s fertile land.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.

Last updated: nov 14, 2022



Don't watch it. First episode had seven commercial breaks. CNN SUCKS!!!!!


If you like Stanley Tucci, you'll love this. He takes a nice relaxing trip to various areas of Italy to give us a different perspective of the foods and locations. If he ever gives up acting, he's got a great future as a TV host. 9/10 Yes CNN sucks, but I'm watching it on Kodi - no ads. :>)


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