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Stanley Tucci said eating his friends’ attempts at home Italian cooking was “horrifying”.
Speaking on the ‘River Cafe Table 4’ podcast, Tucci recalled that he didn’t like Italian food prepared by friends.
The actor and cooking show host said Italian-American cuisine is too focused on “access to more.”
Stanley Tucci said that whenever his American friends cooked Italian food at home, he would find it “horrifying”.
The 61-year-old actor and host of CNN’s travel and food show ‘Searching for Italy’ spoke with Ruthie Rogers, host of the ‘River Cafe Table 4’ podcast, in the episode of Tuesday.
Tucci, who told Rogers that his grandparents both emigrated to the United States from Calabria, Italy, when they were young, remembers eating his American friends’ attempts to cook homemade Italian dishes. and not having appreciated their interpretation of the kitchen.
“When I would go to friends’ houses and eat what they thought was Italian food, it was horrible,” he told Rogers. Tucci added that the food was bad “because the ingredients sucked and they didn’t really get it.”
Addressing Italian-American cuisine as a whole, he said recipes tend to veer into excess. “A lot of this Italian-American food came from suddenly having access to large amounts of meat, having access to more, so more was added, right?” Tucci said, adding that Italians don’t usually put a lot of sauce in their pasta and opt for minimal recipes.
“While in America things are gravy laden, or cheese laden, or meat laden and it was pretty much, you know, it was a land of plenty. And also I think they were, you know, catering to American tastes,” he told Rogers.
Tucci’s “In Search of Italy” shows him traveling to Italy and regions of other countries with a strong Italian presence, to understand their local cuisines and connect with his heritage.
During the show’s first season, Tucci reviewed dishes such as a cacio e pepe, a cheese and pepper dish local to Rome, and spaghetti alla Nerano, a zucchini dish featured in the episode. exploring Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Dishes, when prepared authentically, are said to be simple and require very few ingredients.
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