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The hit travel show Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy followed the Italian-American actor as he explored the peninsula in search of the country’s rich and fascinating history, all told through the medium of food.
Filmed during a period of relaxed coronavirus restrictions, Tucci went in search of his Italian roots, starting off in Naples and the Amalfi Coast and heading north to Rome, Bologna, Milan and back south to Sicily. He documented his journey, guided by locals, all passionate about their food traditions and the cultural learning contained within.
It proves the world’s love affair with all things Italian, and particularly its food, that the programme proved so popular. And the great thing about the show’s food is that it’s really quite easy to make at home - you just need to pay attention to your raw ingredients and follow all these easy, step-by-step recipes from Searching for Italy.
On the Amalfi Coast, Tucci eats a classic spaghetti and zucchini dish, spaghetti alla nerano at restaurant Lo Scoglio - it's incredibly easy to make and a very satisfying meal to boot. Have a look at the video below for the recipe, in Italian but easy to understand how to make.
The famous stretch of coast is known for the lemons that grow there, sold on the side of the road by vendors and aften the size of grapefruit , The Lemon Delight is a gorgeous fresh dessert that features in the episode and you can make your own lemon delight cake at home in our authentic step-by-step recipe.
All roads lead to Rome, so they say, but it was certainly true for Stanley Tucci, as he headed to the country's capital to sample its incredible traditional cuisine. Rome has a very strong food identity and its traditions go back to ancient times. The huge city is surrounded by the fertile land of Lazio, which produces some of the best ingredients in the country. The cuisine of Rome is hearty and satisfying and its four famous pasta dishes are the type of meal that will leave you fully sated. See below for how to make the four famous pastas from Stanley Tucci: Searching for Itay.
How to Make The Rigatoni all'Amatriciana from Searching For Italy
Another of the famous four pastas of Rome is pasta alla gricia, the proto pasta of the amatriciana dish. Just remove the tomatoes, as they were only added to Italian cuisine after the discovery of the New World. Pasta alla gricia contains just guanciale and pecorino Romano.
How to Make the Pasta alla Gricia from Searching for Italy
Next is the world's favourite - spaghetti carbonara. Tucci learns about it from chef and historian Daniele di Michele. Like the other Rome pastas, carbonara is very simple, made with just guanciale (pigs' cheeks), pecorino, black pepper and eggs. Here's how to make spaghetti carbonara.
How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara from Searching for Italy
Luciano Monosilio is famous for his carbonara, learn from the best below.
Cacio e pepe is the ultimate Roman pasta - simple, satisfying and totally delicious. Learn how to make it through the eyes of Michelin-star chef Riccardo Camanini of Lido84.
How to Make the Cacio e Pepe from Searching for Italy
The city of Bologna in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region can call itself the food capital of Italy. Known as the 'food valley', the region has some of the richest agricultural land in the whole country and the produce from here, the beef, dairy, grain, fruit and vegetables gave the world its most famous pasta dish, the ragù Bolognese. Discover the recipes from Searching for Italy bellow:
How to Make Massimo Bottura's Tortellini in Brodo from Searching for Italy
Tucci visits Modena, and Massimo Bottura, who tells himthe city's devout worship of pasta: "If you don't believe in God you believe in Tortellini in Modena." Watch Bottura as he makes tortellini in brodo from scratch at home during his lockdown series with his family for company.
How to Make Ragu alla Bolognese like Emilia-Romagna Chefs
Try these two versions of ragù by chefs, Aurora Mazzucchelli, Gianni D'Amato and Dario Picchiotti.
How to Make Homemade Tagliatelle from Searching for Italy
Ragù should not be served with spaghetti, locals will tell you, it should be with tagliatelle. Learn how to make it at home with the Simili sisters:
How to Make Tagliatelle with Ragù Bolognese: The Original Recipe
The northern city of Milan - the cosmopolitan capital of finance and commerce, design and fashion - is a unique place. It is a city with its own unique history and food traditions. Tucci meets up with locals who guide him thorough the streets of a city that's a mix of modern and ancient.
How to Make Risotto Milanese from Searching for Italy
Risotto Milanese is the symbol of this city, and it is a dish that is both warm and hearty, as well as delicate and subtle. Learn how to make it below.
Risotto Milanese from Ratanà as seen in Searching for Italy
This is a recipe from Ratanà, the very restaurant featured in Searching for Italy. Slightly different to the traditional recipe, there is a touch of orange to add something more.
One of Itay's best-known regions, Tusany has given the world so much in terms of art and culture, science and progress, but he same is true of its food. A very social local cuisine is rich in oil, with plenty of flavour and will never leave you hungry.
In the final episode of Searching for Italy, Stanely Tucci stops off on the island of Sicily, the heart of the Mediterranean, whose cuisine is known as 'God's kitchen'. The rich and diverse history of this island is reflected in the cuisine and in this series, Tucci kept the best for last.
These are tough times for chefs and restaurant professionals around the world, but there has never been a better time to seek advice and help around a number of topics affecting hospitality workers. Here's a round-up of some of the most useful resources for chefs.
Ragù is the mother of all Italian sauces and the best-known food from Bologna in Italy. However, ask an Italian how to make ragù and you'll get a different recipe every time. In the first of a series looking into generational recipes, we focus on this most fascinating of Italian sauces.
Episode three of CNN's 'Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy' features Italy's beloved food valley, Emilia Romagna, home to Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, ragu alla Bolognese and so much more. Discover the world-famous flavours and recipes from the region.
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