Italy is always a beautiful place to explore and fall in love. And this is evidenced in movies and shows like Eat, Pray, Love and Love & Gelato. There's really just something about the Italian landscape that makes people want to be in love in the city.
And we can see this same message in Netflix's latest limited series, From Scratch. Here's what we know about the limited series right now:
When Will From Scratch Be on Netflix?
From Scratch started filming in April 5th, 2021 in Los Angeles. Shortly after that, the cast and crew flew to Florence, Italy in July 2021 to film the other parts of the movie. On August 7th, 2021, it was revealed that filming had completed. The limited series entered post-production stage by November 2021.
Netflix recently announced the From Scratch release date, which will be on the streaming platform starting Friday, October 21st. Since this is a limited series, there will be a total of eight episodes each with a runtime of an hour.
What Is From Scratch Story About?
The official synopsis of From Scratch reads:
"Inspired by the memoir, ‘From Scratch’ is a cross-cultural love story that follows Amahle "Amy" Wheeler (played by Zoe Saldaña) an American student studying abroad in Italy, as she meets and falls in love with Lino, a Sicilian chef. Their whirlwind romance faces many unforeseen challenges, including their very different cultural backgrounds; true to real life, it is also infused with lightheartedness and moments of humor that exist alongside the more serious ones. But when Lino is faced with unimaginable health challenges and the couple’s future is threatened, the two families come together to create an extended family unlike any they could have imagined, proving that love crosses all borders."
From Scratch is a beautiful story that talks about love, food, and the importance of family who sticks by your side no matter what. Oh, and expect to see a lot of delicious food in the series that will make you go hungry!
Is From Scratch a True Story?
Yes, From Scratch is based on a true story. It was written as a memoir by Tembi Locke entitled From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home. The memoir was published in 2019 and quickly named as a bestseller by The New York Times.
Locke acts as the show's co-creator and executive producer. The showrunner is Tembi's sister, Attica Locke, who was present throughout Tembi's love-at-first-sight experience and heartbreak.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tembi said:
"One of the things about family and what we hoped to do as storytellers was to show the subtle complexities that are in every family. The kinds of ways that we lift each other, we fall down on each other, we get back up again, we apologize. We wanted to do that lovingly and with levity."
Attica added: "We wanted Amy and Lino to, in some ways, learn that. They [have] this kind of arc, where they're like, 'Forget those other people. It's just us, and that's what matters.' But when things get really tough, you need help. You need your family."
The show's other screenwriters are Amy Wang, JJ Braider, Joshua Allen, Jason Coffey, and Marguerite MacIntire. Nzingha Stewart and Dennie Gordon have been credited as the show's directors. Reese Witherspoon is one of the executive producers of the series.
In an interview with Variety magazine, Witherspoon said:
“Tembi’s memoir is a raw and tender exhibition of life in all its pieces. She brings you into her love, her loss and her resilience with such vulnerability and strength. We immediately fell for Attica and Tembi’s vision and feel honored to have the opportunity to help bring it to life onscreen. We could not imagine more perfect partners for this than Zoe and her sisters and 3 Arts Entertainment, along with the incredible team at Netflix.”
Who Is in From Scratch Netflix Cast?
The main characters in From Scratch include Zoe Saldaña, who plays the role of Amy Wheeler. She is famous for her roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War, The Adam Project, Star Trek, and many others.
Joining Saldaña in the lead role is Eugenio Mastrandrea as Lino, the hot chef in the series. His previous films and shows include La fuggitiva, Nero a metà, and A.C.A.B. - All Cops Are Bastards.
The other members of the cast include:
- Danielle Deadwyler (as Zora)
- Keith David (as Hershel)
- Kellita Smith (as Lynn)
- Judith Scott (as Maxine)
- Lucia Sardo (as Filomena)
- Paride Benassai (as Giacomo)
- Roberta Rigano (as Biagia)
- Terrell Carter
- Medalion Rahimi
- Jonathan Del Arco
- Peter Mendoza
- Lorenzo Pozzan
- Jonathan D. King
Is There a From Scratch Trailer?
Yes, Netflix released the official trailer of From Scratch on Sept. 16th. Aside from highlighting the whirlwind romance between Amy and Lino, the trailer gives us a glimpse of the couple's marriage, Lino's dreaded sickness, and the birth of their child.
You can watch the trailer here: