Searching for Italy episode 4 – Milan. Milan is the capital of Lombardy. It’s Italy’s second biggest city and the business powerhouse. Stanley’s first stop is the Duomo, the largest cathedral in Italy, where he meets Italian journalist Beppe Severgnini. Beppe explains the Milanese eat food for work, but in recent years Milan has become a culinary mecca. Milan is also the home of the aperitivo – a post-work drink served with a light snack. Stanley goes for aperitivo with social media star Tess Masazza, and afterwards they head to one of the city’s secret underground bars.
Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and while there Stanley meets one Italy’s fashion dynasties, the Missonis, who share some family favourites – tender succulent brasato, creamy polenta and freshly foraged mushrooms.
Next, Stanley heads to the Orobic Alps to try an ancient cheese made from the milk of alpine herds. The cheese is so incredible that Stanley feels inspired to make pizzoccheri for the crew. Stanley’s wife Felicity joins him in Como and together they head back into Milan to Osteria del Treno, a former HQ for the rail workers union. The menu is classic Milanese, and all classes of people eat here, often to the sound of live music, singing and dancing. It’s a far cry from money-driven fashion-conscious Milan – but a wonderful tribute to the people who built the city from the ground up.
Searching for Italy episode 4 – Milan
Stanley Tucci Jr. 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.