Under the Tuscan Sun film paired with Italian dishes

Starring Diane Lane, Sandra Oh & Lindsay Duncan

Rating 9/10


Click here for the plot for Under the Tuscan Sun


Where to start with this delicious movie!!! So much food, so many beautiful sights. I love Italy and Italian food. But, to go along with what Frances was making, we’re going to get cooking and eating with this: Balsamic Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta recipe from Barbells & Bellinis.


Some could claim that this is nothing more than a fluffy Hollywood movie. Well, those some people would be almost right! But I don’t care. This is one of those incredibly watchable movies, which, in my book, makes a fantabulastical flick. It has romance, hunky Italian men, amazing food, views and an old villa brought to life.

There are raw emotions that dig deep into one’s soul then pop you out into the Tuscan countryside. Bliss! I simply love the transformation of Frances’ (Lane) Italian home, her transformation from bitter, broken woman into a doer. The new Frances is bold, free and loving life (most of the time). And she begins to cook authentic, delicious food for a new group of lovely characters.

This new community is beautiful, her new men in her life, yup, they’re beautiful too. So those critics who would say that this is just fluff, then I love fluff. It’s soft, cosy and comforting, like a good glass of red on a winter’s night.

Dig in to this lovely film. I hope you like it as much as I did.


Forget complicated recipes. Italians are famous for their super-simple dishes (just check out the minimalism of their pizzas). This is another (incredibly delicious and basic) dish Frances serves up to her neighbours. It’s Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Herbs from Pinch of Yum.

Under the Tuscan Sun trivia:

  • Budget – $18 million
  • Based on the memoir of Frances Mayes
  • Sandra Oh & Kate Walsh (who play lovers in this film) also worked on Grey’s Anatomy together
  • Zeus the painter was filmed nude but was given digital undies so the film wasn’t given an R-rating!
  • Director, Audrey Wells wanted to hire real Polish actors to play the builders but it was too difficult to get them Italian visas.
  • In this film, nuns are always shown eating!
  • The movie was filmed in Florence, Rome, Cortona, Montepulciano, Positano, San Francisco, Sansepolcro and Teatro Signorelli.


Pears, pears everywhere… well at least in Oz they are at the moment. And apparently they’re a popular fruit in good old Italy too! Frances served them, so I’m serving them up to you (digitally, that is!) It’s Poached Pears from Wandering Educators.

What country would you love to live in?

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