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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.
During a period of relaxed coronavirus restrictions, Tucci went in search of his Italian roots, starting off in Naples and the Amalfi Coast, heading north to Rome, Bologna and Milan, and returning south to Sicily. He documented his journey, guided by locals who are 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 was 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 the 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 - it's in Italian, but quite easy to follow the steps.
The famous stretch of coast is known for the lemons that grow there, which are sold on the side of the road by vendors, and are often 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 will leave you fully sated. See below for how to make the four famous pastas from Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.
How to Make The Rigatoni all'Amatriciana from Searching For Italy
One 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 a favourite dish the world over - spaghetti carbonara. Tucci learns about it from chef and historian Daniele di Michele. Like the other Roman 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 its produce (beef, dairy, grain, fruit and vegetables) gave the world its most famous pasta dish, the ragù Bolognese. Discover the recipes from Searching for Italy below:
How to Make Massimo Bottura's Tortellini in Brodo from Searching for Italy
Tucci visits Modena, and Massimo Bottura, who tells him about the 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, with his family for company, during his lockdown series.
How to Make Ragù 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 served 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 - has its own particular food traditions. There, Tucci meets up with locals who guide him thorough the streets of a city that is a mix of the modern and the ancient.
How to Make Risotto Milanese from Searching for Italy
Risotto Milanese is the symbol of the 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, it has a touch of orange to add something more.
One of Italy's best-known regions, Tuscany has given the world so much in terms of art and culture, science and progress, but the same is true of its food. The local cuisine is rich in oil, with plenty of flavour, and will never leave you hungry.
In the final episode of Searching for Italy, 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.
How to make the food from 'Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy', episode 1 in Naples and the Amalfi coast, from Neapolitan pizza to fried zucchini and spaghetti with lemon delight cake for dessert, here are the recipes.
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.
Italian chefs and pizza makers launch a campaign to keep cooking alive in the city of Milan sharing video recipes online as their restaurants and pizzerias are forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic.