Stanley Tucci is one of the few issues that brings division to the Parzen family household.
Tracie loves — LOVES — his show.
I still haven’t forgiven him for mispronouncing timpano in his 1999 breakout hit “Big Night” (ouch).
Scherzi a parte… Joking aside…
Tracie did eventually convince me to watch a few episodes of his “Searching for Italy” show and I genuinely thought it was great.
We still haven’t seen the episode where he goes to Piedmont. But we’ve been told that he makes a stop at Slow Food University where I have been teaching in the grad program for the last seven years (above).
I’m so proud of the work I do there (I teach food and wine communications). It meant the world to me that so many people called to say they had seen Pollenzo, the village and campus, on Tucci’s show.
I’ll be there on Monday and will be teaching for the better part of the week. Because Tracie is working full-time now, we need to limit the time I’m away from home. So this is going to be a very short trip. But if you happen to be in the Roero-Langhe area, ping me for sure and we’ll taste something great together (there’s a wonderful natural wine bar and a mostly great old-school Piedmontese in the town where I stay).
In other news…
My editor gave my pitch the green light and if all things go as planned, my Pietro Crescenzi translation and critical apparatus are going to be published by a University of Toronto imprint later this year.
I’m so stoked about this. My heartfelt thanks to all the folks who shared good vibes, encouragement, and wishes. We did it! THANK YOU.
I fly out tomorrow night. Wish me luck, wish me speed. Hit me up if you’re around. See you on the other side…