Sunday, May 19 2024
If you’re a fan of Italian food and culture, enjoy binge-watching shows, and love Stanley Tucci (who doesn’t?), then you’re in for some very exciting news.
Tucci, who has family roots in the southern Italian region of Calabria, is returning to our screens with a new 10-part documentary series called “Tucci: The Heart of Italy” on National Geographic.
The series is produced by BBC Studios’ Specialist Factual Productions in collaboration with Tucci’s Salt Productions.
It seems to be similar to his Emmy award-winning show “Searching for Italy,” which was removed from CNN’s lineup last year after two seasons.
Thank goodness he’s back—watching “Searching for Italy” was almost as good as actually visiting the Mediterranean.
National Geographic is the perfect platform for Stanley to share his knowledge and passion for Italy’s people, food, and culture,” said Tom McDonald, the executive vice president of global factual and unscripted for National Geographic, in a statement to Variety.
“Our programming aims to inspire a deeper connection to the world. With Stanley as their guide, audiences will be transported to places and flavors they’ve never experienced before.”
Whether you know Tucci from “The Devil Wears Prada” or his recipe books, or his shows, it will be exciting to watch him explore Italy once more.
The series, which begins production this month, will see Tucci delving into the cuisine and culture of 10 lesser-traveled regions of Italy, including Sicily, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Marche, and Lazio, as reported by Deadline.
During his journeys, he will meet with professional chefs, amateur cooks, farmers, fishermen, winemakers, brewers, and a host of inspirational individuals who share his love for food.
“National Geographic is all about adventure and exploration, and I am honored to take viewers once again to explore Italy through the lens of food,” Tucci told Food & Wine in a statement. “
In Italy’s many distinct regions, there is always something new to discover, and I’m more than excited to begin the process in partnership with BBC Studios.”
The studio has not yet announced a premiere date. However, Tucci has been keeping busy during his hiatus from the show, from posting TikTok cooking and mixology tutorials to advocating for more pasta on the breakfast table and bringing pastina back to our pantries.



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