There are few actors with as vast a range as Stanley Tucci. From starring as the lead creepy serial killer George Harvey in Lovely Bones to the hilarious Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada to the beloved Paul Child in Julie & Julia, Tucci can essentially do no wrong. Now the Emmy winner will turn his sights to something a bit closer to home—Italian cooking.
Tucci is set to star in CNN's new four-part docuseries, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. In the show, Tucci will travel across Italy looking at the nation's history of food and, of course, trying everything he can get his hands on.
According to Deadline, Tucci will be "for instance, looking at how wealth and poverty impacted on the cuisine culture in Florence, Tuscany. He will also visit Rome, Sicily and Milan to gain a better understanding of the history, culture and people. Tucci will taste every piece of pasta, drink every glass of wine, and discover what makes Italy and its cuisine so irresistible."
While this food-centered show may seem like a departure from Tucci's acting career, the Hunger Games star has actually maintained a love for Italian cuisine his whole life. Tucci's family has Italian roots, with both of his parents tracing their lineage to Calabria, a region in Southern Italy. The family even spent a year living in Florence in the 1970s. In 1996, Tucci then translated his love for cooking to the big screen, co-directing and starring in Big Night, a comedy drama about two Italian immigrant brothers from Calabria who found a New Jersey restaurant. Finally, just in the past decade, Tucci wrote two cookbooks, The Tucci Cookbook and The Tucci Table: Cooking with Family and Friends.
This new venture, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, does not yet have an air date, but we know it will be shown on CNN. The series is produced by Raw Television, who also produced the Oscar-nominated documentary Three Identical Strangers.
Tucci himself is clearly excited about the series. He told Deadline, “I wanted to do this series because I am fascinated by the diversity of Italian cuisine and set out to gain a better understanding of the country’s rich history and culture. This was a passion project and love letter to the place where my family is from. I am thrilled to be working with CNN on this project as an admirer of their reporting and original series, which are incredibly smart, compelling, and beautifully produced.”
We'll get our stomachs ready for this mouth-watering doc.
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