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Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 2: next episode, locations and everything we know about the food show

Stanley Tucci talks with a chef in Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
(Image credit: Matt Holyoak for CNN)

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy is back for a second season, with the popular actor once again traversing across Italy to sample the incredible tastes that makes the country legendary for its food and exploring the history and current culture around it. Warning, watching Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy may make you crave pasta, red wine and other Italian delicacies.

After airing season 1 in 2021 on CNN in the US (and being one of the best TV shows of 2021), Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 2 once again airs on the cable news network for US audiences.

Here is everything we know about Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 2.

When is the next Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 2 episode?

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, is back with a new episode on Sunday, May 22, at 9 pm ET/PT on CNN.

In the UK, audiences have gotten a taste of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 1, but there is no information yet as to when season 2 will be available in the UK.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy locations

Stanley Tucci on a boat in Venice in Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

(Image credit: Matt Holyoak for CNN)

In Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 1, the six episodes covered six cities/regions of Italy — Naples/Amalfi Coast, Rome, Bologna, Milan, Tuscany and Sicily. For season 2, CNN has shared four more locations that the popular actor will explore.

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store for Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy at all of these stops in season 2. Plus, check out some of the best moments from season 2 so far.

Venice (episode 1)
Stanley Tucci visits the Veneto, once the center of a world-trading empire and home to the “Floating City,” Venice. Stanley explores the ingenuity of the Venetians, who have embraced the unexpected delights and challenges of the lagoon, in addition to the produce of Veneto’s fertile land. Veneto has a fascinating food culture due to its aquatic environment and the countless influences from around the world over throughout its vast and storied history.

Piedmont (episode 2)
In this episode, Stanley Tucci visits the region that made the dream of unified Italy a reality. Piedmont boasts refined French heritage and precious peasant traditions. Once the engine room of Italian industrialization, Piedmont is now spearheading a slow food revolution. Between reimagined risotto and the elusive white truffle, Stanley will discover a region with an illustrious past but with its sights firmly set on the future. 

Umbria (episode 3)
In this episode, Stanley Tucci visits Umbria, nicknamed The Green Heart of Italy. While this small, predominantly rural region lives in the shadow of its more glamorous neighbor, Tuscany, Umbria has an ancient history that predates even the Romans. And, with the highest consumption of pork per capita, Umbria is a carnivore’s dream. From wild boar hunts to incredible black truffle farms, Stanley will explore the riches this land has to offer, while also questioning whether old traditions and centuries of religious orthodoxy are preventing younger generations from breaking through.

London (episode 4)
Stanley sets out to explore how Italian immigration has transformed the food scene in his adopted hometown of London. Forget what you think you know about this city. London is a culinary mecca where Italian food from every region gets a chance to shine. The burrata is so creamy and pasta is so fresh that it may rival Italy itself. For over a century, Italians here have found inventive ways to create Italian food so good it’s enough to render Stanley speechless.

How to watch Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 2 airs exclusively on CNN first, meaning that anyone wanting to watch it will need to have access to the cable news network. The first way to watch Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy is if you have a traditional pay-TV cable/satellite package that includes the news network (many do, but best to check your specific package channel lineup) or a live TV streaming service that has it, like Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

That's the only way to watch the new season of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy right now. The show is not currently on any streaming service. Season 1 had previously been on HBO Max (but is not currently), so if we had to guess that is where it will pop up eventually on an as yet undetermined date.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy premise

Premiering at a time when travel wasn’t an option, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy provided a way for viewers to travel and explore the culture of Italy from their homes (portions of the first season were shot pre-COVID, with others completed following COVID guidelines).

In the show, Tucci sets out to learn more about his Italian heritage and the food that is such an integral part of that by exploring the different regions of Italy and sampling their trademark delicacies. That journey will continue in Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 2. Here is the official synopsis from CNN on season 2:

"Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actor Stanley Tucci indulges his passion for Italian cooking as he explores the stories and people behind the world’s most popular cuisine in the second season of the critically acclaimed Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. Tucci, who is Italian on both sides, brings us on his journey to the bustling food markets, delectable home cooking and hidden trattorias of the Italian peninsula. From the hearty, traditional dishes in Umbria to the unique cuisine of Venice, to the this is a deeply personal, witty and warm odyssey of gastronomic delights. This season, produced by RAW, Tucci also visits Piedmont in northern Italy on his hunt for the elusive white truffle; and back in his adopted hometown of London, Tucci uncovers how Italian immigration has transformed the food scene."

Is there a Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy season 2 trailer?

Preview all of the fantastic places and dishes Stanley Tucci will go in season 2 of Searching for Italy with the trailer for the show directly below.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.