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Searching for Italy, the CNN-produced hit series starring Stanley Tucci, was a balm during the pandemic.
Now, Tucci is at work filming Season 2 of the Emmy-winning travel and food show, which is set to premiere in early 2022. Though CNN has yet to release details of the Italian destinations that will feature in Searching for Italy Season 2, there have been a few clues on Instagram about future “Searching” episodes.
As I predicted, Tucci will head to Venice in one episode of Season 2. In October, Tucci was spotted in several locales in Venice, including on-board a gondola and sitting serenely on some stairs in Piazza San Marco.
He also posed with two staff members at Trattoria alla Madonna, a traditional Venetian restaurant. The odds are good that Tucci dined here, especially given that the trattoria serves some Venetian specialties like vermicelli al nero di seppia (squid ink pasta). But we will have to wait and see if the restaurant makes the cut for the series.
Tucci was also recently spotted in Turin. Of course, he would go to Turin! Turin and its region Piemonte are incredibly important to Italian food culture. From the bicerin (a mocha precursor) to the Slow Food movement (founded in Bra, Piemonte), Turin is an obvious stop for Tucci in Season 2. It is also the only one of Italy’s five most populated cities that Tucci missed during Season 1.
According to Turin Epicurean, Tucci was in Turin for “cibo torinese” (Turinese food). One place he found it was at Del Cambio, Turin’s oldest restaurant, founded in 1757. He was also headed to Caffè al Bicerin, founded in 1763.
It’s not clear if Tucci will feature the food from Italy’s smallest region Valle D’Aosta—but it’s likely. On November 14, Tucci posted a few coy Facebook story videos from his mountain perch in Cervinia.
Where Else? Stay Tuned.
I am really excited to see where Stanley Tucci ends up on Season 2 of Searching for Italy, and I bet you are, too! So watch this space for more updates. And, in the meantime, check out Tucci’s food memoir Taste: My Life Through Food.