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Searching for Italy

Actor Stanley Tucci is expanding his platform and will host a new culinary docuseries with CNN, "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy." The four part series is slated to begin Feb., 2021. It is a personal journey throughout Italy to sample the culture, history & cuisine of his ancestors. He will feature Rome, Sicily, Milan, Florence and other regions of Italy. Tucci has family roots in the region of Calabria. Tucci has also published several cookbooks.

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Grazie Janis for mentioning this here. We'd been wondering when the exact premier date was going to be on CNN.
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Thanks, Janis. This’ll be welcome. Part of the past 6 months have been spent taking cooking classes from Italy via Zoom. Virtual Italian dining ... not quite the same as being there, but we’ll take what we can get until our planned (delayed) trip this fall. Feb. and CNN - thanks again!

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Cyn, like you we missed Italy this past fall. I am looking forward to the docuseries. I took two culinary tours in the past. The first covered Tuscany & Umbria. The second was in Southern Italy and Sicily. Last week I took an Italian dessert presentation via Zoom. It featured 3 traditional holiday favorites. Buon Appetito!

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Estimated Prophet, I am a huge fan of Stanley Tucci as well. From what I’ve read his culinary inspiration came from his films- Big Night & Julie & Julia.

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Ricky, I have not heard if the docuseries will be streamed. (That would be nice) If I hear anything I will post. Or perhaps someone else will chime in with the information. Grazie.

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Ken- Thanks for sharing the ‘Morty’ vídeo. I hadn’t seen that movie. I think Tucci is at the top of my favorite character actors. He excels at his craft.

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Janis,

You're very welcome! There's a longer video of the best "Morty" clips from that movie (warning for language) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwBv2ZSJc5w .

Tucci is indeed a very versatile actor as I also just watched The Pelican Brief in which he plays a more serious "bad guy" role.

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Ken- great clip- (Undercover Blues) I was laughing out loud. Dennis Quaid, Kathleen Turner & Tucci were hysterical.

I do recall The Pelican Brief. Outstanding cast!

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Wait for it... Wait for it... A second ad has appeared on CNN this past week. It has not confirmed the date for the start of the docuseries. That said, the CNN website has a trailer that highlighted Florence with Tucci and a guide. It was very entertaining. It featured "tiny windows" where a glass of wine is offered. I don't recall seeing this when visiting Florence. Anyone else familiar with this? I will update when I hear about the start of the series.

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jj.ashley, thank you for the update! We had a power outage here for 36 hrs. Just now up & running again. Valentine’s in Italy. Sounds wonderful. Grazie.

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Just read “It’s Tucci Time” in Sunday’s Parade Magazine. It highlights Tucci’s new movie “Supernova,” premiering in theaters 1/29, & video on demand 2/16. The CNN Searching for Italy (2/14) series traces Italian fare all the way from Milan in the north to Sicily in the south.

PS and by the way, there’s lots of buzz that Tucci may snag his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Supernova.

Sounds like a great year for Tucci! Well deserved.

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there's a promo running on the CNN page, I couldn't get any sound but it shows him eating, and eating, and eating. LIke most Italian travel shows.

As far as streaming, it likely won't be on any of the name platforms. It might be available somewhere on the CNN site after a while, or if you have cable, as on-demand programming.

Wine windows, yes those have been featured in most travelogues. I would bet Burt Wolf or Samantha Brown covered that.

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Thanks phred for the update. Yes, we have seen the latest ads on CNN. It looks like it will be a fun series. It seems that Tucci will be eating his way through Italy.... and he can! ;)

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Update (2/2/21) CNN now has a start time for "Searching for Italy." It is slated to start at 9:00 pm EST., Sunday, 2/14/21. Can hardly wait!

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Thanks, Janis. Does that mean it will be on at 6pm here on the west coast?

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Lola, I assume that it will be on 6 pm “our time.”
My husband reminded me that Anthony Bourdain had the same schedule for his series. We could watch at 6 pm or catch it at 9 pm! ;)

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Hello all. "It's Tucci Time!" The first episode starts tonight- 2/14/21, "Naples and the Amalfi Coast." Tucci will be feasting on pizza in Naples; finding the freshest mozzarella and the best San Marzano tomatoes; enjoying spaghetti and zucchini. 6:00 pm PT and 9:00 pm EST CNN. Buon Appetito!

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This morning, I discovered I could see the whole Tuscany episode on CNN On Demand. It was too hard to wait until tonight for the Naples episode!

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Thanks Nancys8 for the update!! We too will watch On Demand. Hooray!! Grazie!!

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So what’s everybody eating at home tonight? Anything Neapolitan? We have a really good steak to grill, but that will likely still pale in comparison to what’s going to be on the screen.

We did a Zoom cooking class yesterday, however. Our chef/instructor, who lives in Tuscany and adds home-grown sage to just about everything, but is originally from Naples, gave us the recipie for a fantastic kale Winter salad, and I’m about to finish it off for a late lunch right now. Buon apetito, and Happy Viewing, everybody!

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OMG!! We watched the show On Demand earlier today. It was FABULOUS!! Plan to watch again tonight. We are snowed in and will make what I have in the pantry. That will be baked Spaghetti! Would prefer what was presented on the series!

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Just watched the Tucci show. Camerawork was fabulous. AND...to my friend Chani from Tel Aviv, your favorite pastry shop in Minori--Sal de Riso--has been outed--Tucci and crew visited there! That Lemon Delight dessert looked amazing.

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Well, the wild bunnies were too cute to be on the Ischia Sunday meal table, as the featured dish. At least the ones that get caught have chestnut leaves as a last meal.

I wonder if the 150 hectare San Marzano tomato plots by the highway will become a foodie destination? They’d have to arrange a big enough parking lot, and maybe sensors to detect anyone trying to surreptitiously harvest anything. What an exclusive spot! Mr. Tucci was searching, but it sure looks like he did some finding.

And fried pizza, the original pizza in Naples - long before the Margherita was ever conceived ... I had no idea! I hope her operation will make it thru the pandemic, and she’ll still be frying away in the future.

I couldn’t help but notice that there was a mix of mask-wearing and senza maschera. Maybe that was based mostly on indoor or outdoor filming location. The first installment was fabulous - looking forward to more.

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Great first episode, hitting so many targets for the interested viewer. It was molto bittersweet for us coz we'd planned to return to that coast last April after a 30 year absence, then covid...
That final shot where Stanley toasted limoncello with pastry superstar Sal de Riso on the Minori pier was the dagger blow for us. The all-time splurge villa that we'd rented (see 'debtor's prison') in the seaside stretch of Ravello known as 'Marmorata', was just out of sight behind the tall skinny building with the blue shutters behind them. God's sense of humour.

We had circled Sal de Riso's Pastry shop on our grocery map. It is immediately in front of the main Minori town bus stop, and his relative Alesandro's eatery is virtually next door.

Le Scoglio (the 'cliff') is in Marina del Cantone, which is south of Sorrento near Sant Agata close by Sirenuse. That same village also features the 'Il San Pietro di Positano' splurge hotel complex with its views and other offerings, as mentioned by RS.
Ischia wazzam (was and still is) on our cancelled itinerary, and we'll add Il Focolare (the 'running rabbit') to our listings.

Our experiences in Napoli ran the gamut from positive to negative to indescribable, but that's probably a good thing if one believes in the total immersion.

Grazie mille Stanley for this episode. How it re-stoked my wife's flagging spirits, and appetite for Italian travel, on this rarefied Valentine's Day.

Damme un bacio Elena!!
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This Bon Appetit article celebrates the 20th anniversary of the seminal foodie movie 'Big Night', which starred Tucci, Tony Shalhoub and Minnie Driver, among others. And she was apparently the one that discovered Lo Scoglio, although Tucci may have been there before Driver was in 2016. Great read.

https://www.bonappetit.com/people/celebrities/article/big-night-movie-cast-food-interviews

And that spaghetti with zucchini from the show is something I have to try!

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I’ve never really liked food destination shows. But I like Stanley Tucci and love Italy so had to watch. I thought he did an excellent job of mixing his destinations with the food segment. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show and am looking forward to the remainder. We were supposed to be there last September, and have reservations for this October. I’m looking forward to his Florence show.

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hey hey all
just happened upon his show on sunday, really liked it. it was nice to see places people have mentioned here on the forum. also loved the lemon dessert sal made, of course i love lemon anything and lemonicello. have set record for next episodes. thanks again janis
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Thanks Jay for highlighting the pastry shop in Minori. The Lemon dessert did look amazing. Appreciated the Bon Appetit article as well.

@gregglamarsh- I understand your sentiments about missing your trip. I hope you & your wife will make the trip when things open safely. Sounds like an amazing itinerary. Especially want to see your posted photos! Until then enjoy the series.

Lulu, like you we had to cancel Italy last September. Glad you enjoyed the first show. Very well done!

Edited: Princess Pupule- I’m with you- anything lemon! We brought home “travel size” Limoncello from Amalfi in our suitcase!

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OK - second episode (Rome) comments. Pasta, pasta, pasta! And with Rick’s online show tonight, about Rome, there are some consistent messages between both his and Stanley’s programs: wonderful Trastevere, essential caccio e pepe (cheese - 70% pecorino romano and 30% parmigiano reggiano - and ground black pepper on pasta), pasta carbonara, and Jewish style artichokes.

I didn’t realize that the carbonara recipe was created after WW II, and this wasn’t a 2,000 year old creation. And the American addition of lots of cream to the recipe departed from the simple but fantastic Roman recipe - just pecorino cheese, guanciale (cured pork cheek), egg, and pasta!

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Tucci's episode Sunday night on Rome delineated why--at least from a food standpoint--it's my favorite place on the planet.

His interview with blogger Katie Parla was spot-on. In fact, in February 2017 we arrived at our apartment at Campo de' Fiori on Sunday afternoon, and in advance of our trip I was mightily concerned as to where we would dine on a Sunday night--specifically on Carbonara--when many Roman restaurants were closed, so I queried Katie online. She quickly responded with a recommendation of Ristorante Emma, in the Roscioli family of local trattorias, bakeries and charcuteries. It was within walking distance and yes, the Carbonara was fabulous. Also have dined on the twice-fried Jewish-style artichokes depicted in the episode, which aren't my cup of tea but many adore them.

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For all you Pasta fans (like me) I am looking to duplicate some of the recipes featured on the series. I discovered the link- fine dining lovers.com "Searching for Italy: Discover Rome's Four Pastas with Stanley Tucci." It also features Sal de Riso's Lemon Delight. The other wonderful pasta dish is Spaghetti Alla Nerano from his first show. "Spaghetti with fried Zucchini." the-pasta-project.com. Buon Appetito!

On a couple of occasions when visiting Rome I had two variations of artichokes in the Ghetto. One being Carciofi alla roman (Roman-style Artichokes) and Carciofi alla giudia (Jewish-style Artichokes). The difference? Roman- cooked in oil and water cooked slowly for 25 mins. Jewish-style- Fried in oil for 10-15 min. as was shown at La Reginella. I enjoy both styles. Our guide introduced us to La Taverna del Ghetto and have eaten there a couple of times. We had planned to return to Rome last fall and were going to try another recommended location (Nonna Betta). Looking forward to returning when we can!

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Janis--

I'm a decent-but-not-great cook, and like Tucci has mentioned more than once on his shows, my attempts to reproduce some of these dishes at home--in his words--'...just doesn't come out like this'.

It all started in 2010 when we visited Da Giggetto in the Jewish Ghetto. Even then, it was a tired, cranky restaurant but I had heard that the bucatini all' Amatriciana was stellar. It was, probably the best pasta dish of my life up til then. But at home, trying to sub out pancetta for guanciale, and maybe not-as-fresh Pecorino Romano, my rendition was very good but fell short. Same thing for the Carbonara, which killed at the abovementioned Emma, but at home...just fair.

Cacio e Pepe is next. Could it be simply Pecorino Romano and cold water?! With good cracked pepper, I'm gonna give it a try.

Oh, one other thing. Visiting some friends in north Rome, we sat down at dinner to a local artichoke preparation, simply steamed in olive oil and water, brushed with butter. Heavenly--I could even cut the stem with a fork & knife.

And also, if you visit the Campo de' Fiori market, besides the great floral varieties and fruits/vegetables, there is a stand that sells spice blends that should not be missed. Carbonara. Bolognese. Amatriciana. Puttanesca. Four years later, I'm still working myself through them. Had them shrink-wrapped at the adjacent cheese stand for the ride home, but I kept them in my carry-on so they would not be mistaken for a spicy 'weed'. The customs guy at O'Hare looked at a bag, up at me and said, 'ah, this is the good stuff, eh?' Yep!

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Jay, that was a certainly successful shopping trip at the market, and it was outstanding that you dealt with an appreciative official upon your return home. Just this morning, I came across a package of spices from a Chicago company, Urban Accents, for Puttanesca sauce mix. It had gotten buried, and I’d completely forgotten about it. Its freshness date has expired, and from the price tag, it was not cheap. We’ve got a jar of capers in vinegar in the fridge, and not proper salt-packed capers, and the tomatoes and olives called for aren’t going to be fresh picked but I’m giving it a go. It might even turn out to be edible, but as has been pointed out by you, and Mr. Tucci, it won’t be the same as I’d get in Italy, on several levels. Still, we’ll see ... pasta that won’t be over cooked, it can’t be a complete disaster.

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And coming up on Sunday, the Bologna episode! We’re still anticipating going there in late September this year, and any food we pick up won’t get hidden away.

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When Tucci first pitched the show to CNN, his vision was 22 separate districts in Italy to feature. They gave him the 6 most popular ones, with the caveat of more if the show is successful. Well, it appears to be, so I'm looking forward to--hopefully--a show on his home area of Calabria, where I haven't been but want to visit. It's between Campania & Sicily, and I always thought that a train (always a train for me!) through the province finishing with the train car on the ferry across to Messina in Sicily would be quite the experience.

Also, little-visited areas by tourists like Le Marche on the Adriatic and then, more inland, Molise (my grandfather's family was from Campobasso) would be quite interesting to me. But enough good stuff that one can make a show of it? We'll see--Tucci has good writers and great cinematographers & editors. I wonder if any of them were picked up from Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' series?

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I honestly think one could almost make a whole season about just le Marche. I hope he gets his wish to explore all of Italy--there is just so much to see in every region, it's astounding.

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hey hey all
i'm hooked watching this series and is on record. can't wait for sunday and bologna "food capital of italy" read an article about first show with 1.52 million viewers next show 1.64 million according to nielson ratings and age group of adults 25-54 years old. next season will air in 2022.
@janis: my first trip to rome italy was for debut sailing of carnival splendor transatlantic to florida. never heard of limoncello, walking in a piazza near pantheon, wine shop open for tasting. probably tasted every bottle of it in the shop, thank gosh apt was about 2 blocks away LOL next day to campo de fiori area and market, had so much fun and like you bought a few bottles to bring home with me. now my friend makes her own as christmas gifts for me. it's so yummy. thanks for post
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Cyn,
Yes, looking forward to the Bologna episode on 2/28. Some of my favorites from the region are Tagliatelle Pasta, Tortellini and Balsamic Vinegar, just to name a few.

Jay, I agree, I too hope Tucci can eventually go back and visit his home area of Calabria and Sicily. We were on a culinary tour of Southern Italy and Sicily a few years ago (mentioned previously). I can attest that the ferry crossing through the straits of Messina is quite the experience. Prior to our crossing we stopped to marvel the Raice Warriors, that were discovered off the Calabrian coastline in 1972 by an unsuspecting scuba diver. Dating back to the 5th century BC, these 2 bronze statues are exceptionally well preserved. They are two of the few surviving full-size ancient Greek bronzes cast about 460 BC. From what we were told, the Greek Bronzes were usually melted down in later times! They are housed at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia. They were incredible. As a side note we stopped at a Gelateria called Cesare prior to our sailing.

Jay, I too was wondering if any of the good writers and cinematographers and editors were picked up from Bourdain's series. I miss Bourdain and "Parts Unknown."

valadelphia, Le Marche would be another area to explore. I would enjoy seeing that side of the Adriatic. I've been to Tuscany and Umbria, so I assume I would enjoy this region as well. As far as I'm concerned is their a "bad region in Italy?" They are all unique.

Princess, Isn't Limoncello divine? Have you tried Vin Santo? We had it in Tuscany. So nice to dip an almond cantucci in it. One of our tour members called Vin Santo "Mothers Milk." LOL.

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Janis, good dishes come from good ingredients, and you’ve listed some of the best, anywhere. I learned that there’s balsamic vinegar, and then really, really good balsamic vinegar ... wine regions hardly revere and control their product, or protect their brand as much.

I haven’t peeked ahead to this, or other upcoming episodes. What about Parma? In addition to their cheese that seems to actually come in chunks from big wheels, rather than already grated in tidy little green shaker containers, there’s the ham! After Stanley experienced various pig offal in the Rome episode, Parma would treat him to a succulent, cured treat. Drooling just thinking about it!

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Oh Cyn, I meant to mention the cheese! Thanks for the reminder. Nothing better than a chunk of good Parma!

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hey hey janis
never heard about vin santo, will keep it on my list.
talking about cookies/biscotti, read up about 93 year old nonna still baking in frascati at ceralli.it
lacucinaitaliana.com/nonna rosanna's pupazza frascatana
this bakery/deli is family owned, 30 minute train ride from rome. saw a food special about it that mentioned the "best" porchetta made by her son.
italymagazine.com/lake nemi and it's wild berry. talks about this small town/village famous for it's lake and sweet strawberry. every year end of may/first of june is the strawberry festival "sagra delle fragola". everything and anything made with the berry.
deliciousitaly.com/nemi strawberry festival
frascati famous for it's white wines, the pope has his summer palace and gardens there.
since watching that food special i have bookmarked it for next trip to rome. saw a tour withlocals.com/beautiful countryside day trip: castelli romani. enjoy
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Hi Jay, thanks for the shout-out, but truth must be told that Sal de Riso was the recommendation of our dear departed Zoe. The menu said "lemon tiramisu" and it was definitely a delight.

Yesterday I met friends in Jerusalem for pizza and it just made me long to be in Chicago or Italy for good pizza. Fingers crossed to make Chicago happen this May.

I've seen the teasers for the Stanley Tucci series on CNN Int'l but it's they aren't broadcasting full episodes, so it's not available here, sigh.

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Hi Jay, thanks for the shout-out, but truth must be told that Sal de
Riso was the recommendation of our dear departed Zoe. The menu said
"lemon tiramisu" and it was definitely a delight.

Yesterday I met friends in Jerusalem for pizza and it just made me
long to be in Chicago or Italy for good pizza. Fingers crossed to make
Chicago happen this May.

I've seen the teasers for the Stanley Tucci series on CNN Int'l but
it's they aren't broadcasting full episodes, so it's not available
here, sigh.

Chani!

I should have figured it was Zoe that found Sal de Riso. If anybody was a patron saint to this forum, it was she. Not only did she find great out-of-the-way places--and I don't consider Minori out of the way--but she had a compelling writing style and a travel writer's eye for detail. I will frankly admit that I lived vicariously through her absolute lack of fear or trepidation to stop wherever, whenever, and make something of it, all while for the most part traveling solo, which in raw terms is the only way to really do it.

If someone asked Zoe, '...whythehell are you going to Molise?! There's nothing there!', she'd take it as a personal challenge and most definitely find something quirky, real, and uniquely Italian. I can only hope Tucci can do more of this in future shows.

I guess it's time to go back into the archives for Zoe's words to feed my soul. I suggest others do the same.

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@Princess- thanks for sharing the links! I will add this to my list for next time!

@Chani & Jay- Thanks for remembering dear Zoe. I agree, she was the patron saint of this forum. We had planned a return visit to Sicily last September in her honor. Zoe’s forum friend Priscilla followed her path a couple years ago, and graciously shared it with us. On a previous tour we had stayed at the same BnB as Zoe in Ortigia. It was our plan to stay there again. I enjoy going back to the forum archives and rereading Zoe’s wonderful postings. I enter “Zoe” in the search and am grateful that we still have access to her trip reports & travel philosophy.

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I don’t have any of the streaming services that access CNN. But I have been able to catch snippets on basic YouTube. Does anyone remember in episode 2, which Rome outskirt neighborhood Tucci got to by metro? From the glimpse I saw, I would love to explore something.

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I too miss Zoe and have found many wonderful places from her posts and messages. As for Sal de Riso and Minori, we stumbled upon them, by accident. We stayed in Minori 2 nights and ended up eating at Sal de Riso several times. In addition to great pastries, they have excellent salads and appertivi.

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Does anyone remember in episode 2, which Rome outskirt neighborhood Tucci got to by metro?

I believe you're looking for Centocelle

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Becky, the segment involves Centocelle (translates to “100 jails” in English). Stanley visits Proloco, an artisanal deli specializing in local, regional Lazio specialties, including Pecorino cheese and pork products. The proprietor says he doesn’t have to go to Parma to get decent ham.

Then they visit the site of La Pecora Elettrica, a cafe/bookshop that’s been set on fire twice, along with two other places in the area. The investigation continues to find the culprits.

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Thank you, Cyn. Do you remember the name of the restaurant he visited there?

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Sorry, I was replaying the recorded episode, and updated some details, above, before I saw your follow-up request, Becky. Please let me know if you want particulars about other places in the episode. The Trastevere part reminds me of our great stay back near Christmastime in 2012, and it’s really time to go revisit, when that can happen!

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Becky- Do you have On Demand? I have watched the episodes on both CNN & On Demand.

Wish we had made a stop in Minori on our Southern Italy tour a few years ago! Next time!
Thanks for sharing your experience there.

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Sempre- on demand is an Xfinity service & available for free for X1 & Flex customers. Thanks for asking. ;) xfinity.com for further information.

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I watched two "repeat" episodes tonight and enjoyed them both. I believe there will be a new episode tomorrow night covering Bologna, and I'm looking forward to that.

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We stayed in Minori 2 nights and ended up eating at Sal de Riso
several times. In addition to great pastries, they have excellent
salads and appertivi.

We've never stopped there but our SITA bus from Amalfi-town back to Salerno paused to pick up people in either Maiori or Minori on a beautiful late afternoon in March. Whichever town it was, on the narrow strip of land between the shore road & the cliff wall down to the sea there was a gorgeous little park, with a multicolored mosaic piazza. Families with strollers and young children were playing, and this idyllic setting under that late winter sun made me smile, still does.

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I have to admit that I have watched the episodes a couple of times. So many memories of Italy. Tucci’s passion comes through in each episode. Looking forward to Bologna!

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Boy, the Bologna/Parma episode was another winner. Each episode is Stanley Tucci going from one location to another, tasting an exquisite ingredient or preparation, then his face radiating ecstatic bliss, as he describes just how perfect it tastes. He clearly won’t be disappointed by anything he tastes in this series. The breathtaking views, and charming and intriguing people he meets, are wonderful, too.

Our trip to Emilia-Romagna, scheduled for late September of this year, is still on, and will hopefully happen. The magnificent TV footage is helping to keep the travel dreams at the forefront.

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Episode by episode, Stanley has visited intriguing places. Sometimes he gives the name of the place, or at least the name of the person introducing him to the experience. Sometimes it’s just a first name, and sometimes things are said too fast for me to catch the first time. I’ve rewound and replayed footage many times (DVR is sure great for that), and sometimes frozen the screen, to attempt to catch the name on a smock or apron, to identify a chef or place.

Tonight’s Milan/Lombardia/Lake Como installment was another winner, over before I realized an hour had passed. We froze the screen again, to try to catch the name of the cheese place, with the 12 year old wheels, which appeared on the cheese master’s apron. The credits at the end don’t seem to provide an easy list for reference. Turns out that CNN has a listing of every place, and maybe these will become bigger hits, with tourist throngs in the future:
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/stanley-tucci-searching-for-italy-restaurants/index.html

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Thanks Cyn for sharing the link that highlights episode-by-episode. Very helpful! I too found myself replaying footage & taking notes to identify a chef or place.

I agree, every episode has been a winner. I always look forward to each regions cuisine as well as Tucci’s sincere connection with everyone he meets. I especially wanted to try the lunch he enjoyed at the Missoni home! His frequent “Oh my Gawd” makes me smile. His enthusiasm is contagious. Looking forward to Tuscany next week!

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The series is awesome. Last night we watched the episode on Milano and my wife's cousin mentioned Big Night (which someone referenced earlier). My wife and I both remembered the movie fondly; we also remembered it as incredibly sad. Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney (George's Aunt) is one of those songs that will just stick in your head. Good luck with that! But I don't want to give away anything to anyone who hasn't seen it.

I totally digress, but anyone visiting MIlano has to LEISURELY check out Stazione Centrale - - Mussolini's megalomaniacal train station. It's eye candy and one of the biggest stations in Europe.