“Searching for Italy”: Stanley Tucci and CNN in Emilia Romagna

In the acclaimed new series of food travels, Searching for Italy, the actor, writer, director and producer Stanley Tucci introduces American audiences to the excellence of Italian cuisine. In these six episodes Stanley Tucci has shown his passion for cooking with a return to his origins (his grandparents in fact emigrated from Calabria). The result? A huge hit on CNN, the most important American television station!

Searching for Italy

Stanley Tucci with Nicola Salvadori in Parma, Emilia Romagna – CNN


In the article of forbes.com we can read: “If you ask any Italian which place has the best food in Italy, after their mother’s home, they are likely to point you to the Emilia Romagna region.”

In fact, the third episode talks about our territory and our cuisine! It will be available on CNN tonight, Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 9:00 PM EST. Although the episode is titled “Bologna”, Tucci visits several other cities in the region, let’s find out which ones!


While waiting to be able to move again, Tucci presented itineraries to the public as a source of inspiration for future trips. On the CNN website you can find the stages already presented in the first two episodes (Naples and Rome) but the next ones will soon be available.

Among the various stages, Emilia Romagna, the Italian Food Valley, could not be missing!

During the episode he passed by our Bologna and on forbes.com we read: “It’s a city rich with culinary traditions. Pasta ladies still make, by hand, the city’s pasta—tortellini, tortelloni, and tagliatelle. (…) The main square, Piazza Maggiore, is one of the most magnificent in all of Europe. It houses the gothic Basilica di San Petronio, the fifth largest church in the world. (…) The city boasts more than 25 miles of stunning arcades, the Porticoes of Bologna, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just off the main square is the not-to-be-missed, ancient open-air market, the Quadrilateral. (…) As you walk the narrow, cobblestone streets, and sip an aperitivo and snack at an outdoor table, the aromas of local meats and cheeses waft through the air.”

Then we move on to Modena “the home of beloved tenor Luciano Pavarotti. (…) Car enthusiasts will fall in love with Modena, Italy’s Motor Valley. In addition to being the home of world-famous automakers, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and De Tomaso, it also houses the Enzo Ferrari Museum, which showcases the life and creations of the automotive giant. The city is surrounded by pasture land with small producers of cheeses and its famous balsamic vinegar with two protected designations: Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena), and Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena).”

Tucci also visits Parma: ” The city is probably best known for its two Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products, Prosciutto di Parma (ham) and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Small farms and producers welcome guests to learn about the production, aging process and traditions associated with these exceptional products. (…) For its storied art, music and culture, Parma was named the 2020 Italian Capital of Culture.

Finally, he could only stop in Rimini, described as a city loved not only for its beaches, but for its artistic beauty and for Federico Fellini, and stop in Forlimpopoli, the birthplace of Pellegrino Artusi, considered the father of what we now call “Italian” cuisine. Here the Italian-American actor wore an apron and put his hands in the dough in Casa Artusi and in the kitchen of a “Marietta”, where he learned how to make tagliatelle and Ragù Bolognese sauce.


We just have to thank Stanley Tucci and all the production for bringing our excellence to the world!

On our site you can find many experiences among those mentioned during the episode. What better way to discover the secrets of a territory than by those who live it every day? Discover our tours here!

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