Searching for Italy episode 3 – Bologna: Bologna is the capital of Emilia-Romagna, home to the highest number of protected food products in the whole of Italy, known as DOP’s. These products are globally renowned, strictly regulated and of exceptional quality – parmigiano, proscuitto de parma and traditional balsamic vinegar to name but a few.
Massimo Bottura, one of the world’s best chefs, hails from the region. He drives Stanley to a premium parmigiano producer where they break open a fresh wheel – it smells heavenly and sends the taste buds singing. Stanley meets Mattia Santori, a young radical leader of the homegrown ‘Sardines’ movement. They buy mortadella, a historic cooked pork sausage, which is one of the earliest protected products in Italy. Near Modena Stanley meets Claudio Giusti, the 17th generation of his family to make high grade balsamic vinegar, cooks Bolognese with Barbara Asioli, an Artusi enthusiast and travels to Rimini on the Adriatic Coast to meet Francesca Fellini, the niece of director Federico Fellini, and try the distinctive ‘priest’s hat’ cappelletti.
Why is the food in Emilia-Romagna so good? Stanley’s old friend Massimo Bottura puts it down to the unique geography, climate, passion and infinite patience. Some bold souls even whisper that this is the food capital of Italy, and now Stanley Tucci is one of them.
Searching for Italy episode 3 – Bologna
Stanley Tucci Jr. (/ˈtuːtʃi/ TOO-chee; born November 11, 1960) is an American actor, writer, producer, and former fashion model. Involved in acting from a young age, he made his film debut in Sea Of Thieves (1969), and continued to play a variety of supporting roles in films such as John Huston’s Prizzi’s Honor (1985), Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry (1997), Sam Mendes’s Road to Perdition (2002), and Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal (2004). In 1996, he made his directorial debut with the cult comedy Big Night which he also co-wrote and starred in alongside Tony Shalhoub.
He also played Stanley Kubrick in the television film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. Tucci is also known for his collaborations with Meryl Streep in films such as The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Julie & Julia (2009). Tucci gained further acclaim and success with such films as Burlesque (2010), Easy A (2010), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Margin Call (2011), The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015), Spotlight (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2017), and Supernova (2020).
He has won four Emmy Awards; one for Winchell (1998), one for a guest appearance on the comedy series Monk, one for being a producer of the web series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi and one for hosting and producing Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. Tucci was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones (2009). He was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (2003), and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One and Only Shrek! alongside Meryl Streep.