Zoe Saldana falls in love in Florence on the Netflix series From Scratch


The series filmed in the historic centre of Florence and starring the famous actress Zoe Saldana will premiere on Netflix on October 21st

Coming soon to Netflix, it is one of the big international productions that characterised the 2021 Florentine summer. We are talking about the American miniseries From Scratch. The strength of a Love inspired by actress Tembi Locke’s (Eureka, Sliders) autobiographical bestseller From Scratch. A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home.

The series, directed by Nzingha Stewart, tells the story of the love between Amy and Lino, an American and a Sicilian played by Zoe Saldana and Eugenio Mastrandrea.

Locations in the Florentine historical centre

More than 600 extras and 100 local professionals had been employed for four weeks of filming, between July and September 2021, in the most evocative and well-known locations in Florence: Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazzale Michelangelo and the Lungarni, but also Via Lambertesca, Piazza San Pier Maggiore, Piazza Ognissanti, Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, Piazza del Carmine, the Church of San Salvi, the Church of Santa Monaca, Ponte alle Grazie, Borgo Santi Apostoli, Via dell’Oriuolo. Private locations included the Buca dell’orafo Restaurant, the Hotel Westin Excelsior, Palazzo Corsini, the Rex Caffè.


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An American love story

From Scratch tells the love story of Amahle ‘Amy’ Wheeler (Zoe Saldana), an American art student who falls in love with a Sicilian chef Lino (Eugenio Mastrandrea) while she is in Italy, first in Tuscany and then in Sicily. The two lovers face a thousand unexpected obstacles, first of all their cultural differences. When Lino falls ill and the couple’s future is at risk, their families unite, as they never imagined, proving that love can overcome anything.


In addition to Zoe Saldana and Eugenio Mastrandrea, the cast also includes Danielle Deadwyler (Station Eleven), Keith David (Greenleaf), Judith Scott (All American), Kellita Smith (Z Nation) and the Italian actors Lucia Sardo (L’onore e il rispetto), Paride Benassai (Baarìa) and Roberta Rigano (Un passo dal cielo).