Actor Stanley Tucci Talks Italy, Vodka, and The Hunger Games
The Oscar-nominated actor—returning this month as a hammy commentator in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1—speaks to T+L about Italy, vodka, and the destination of his dreams.
Q: Your second cookbook, The Tucci Table (Gallery Books), was just published. As a foodie, what do you love most about living in London?
A: The city is a food mecca now. There are so many incredible local chefs, such as Tom Kerridge and Heston Blumenthal, who’s become a friend—his restaurant, the Fat Duck, is one of the best in the world. There’s also such cultural diversity, so you’ll find fantastic Italian, Indian, French—really anything you want.
Q: Name the best meal you’ve had in the last year.
A: My wife, Felicity, and I just got back from Puglia, Italy. At Il Bastione, in Gallipoli, we ate a simple seafood pasta, everything fresh from the sea. Just superb.
Q: Upon arriving in a hotel room, what gift would please you most?
A: The makings for a good martini. I drink vodka and love Sipsmith, a brand made in London’s Chiswick district.
Q: If you had to relocate to a hotel for a year, where would you stay?
A: Venice’s Gritti Palace wouldn’t be so bad.
Q: Place you’re dying to visit.
A: Fårö, Sweden, where Ingmar Bergman lived in his later years, looks gorgeous in the summer and bleak in the winter, but, from what I gather, stunning in both seasons.