This Viral Video Shows How You Can Make Stanley Tucci’s Favorite Sandwich

Stanley Tucci's sandwich of choice is simple, yet refined, just like the actor himself.

There’s no comfort food quite as adaptable as the humble grilled cheese. Leveling up the simple sandwich is a breeze: all you need to do is add some fresh herbs, a swipe of flavorful spread or even just try out a different type of cheese. Even arbiters of good taste like Stanley Tucci can’t resist a melty cheese sandwich. On a recent episode of Margie Nomura’s Desert Island Dishes podcast, Tucci discussed his love for grilled cheese sandwiches—and his favorite spin on the classic comfort food. Nomura then posted a TikTok showing her twist on Stanley Tucci’s favorite sandwich.

How to Make Stanley Tucci’s Favorite Sandwich

It’s no surprise that the Searching for Italy host’s favorite sandwich is made with ingredients from his ancestral homeland. If you want to get technical, this sandwich is actually a melt since there’s meat involved, but the important thing here is that it captures a good balance of flavors and textures. The use of fresh mozzarella is also key since its mild taste makes an excellent canvas for saltier or more acidic ingredients and it’s an excellent melting cheese.

@margie_nomura Stanley Tucci’s favourite sandwich from the Desert Island Dishes podcast #sandwich #stanleytucci #tuccitok #favouritesandwich #grilledcheese #foodtiktok ♬ Lujon – Henry Mancini


  • 3 slices prosciutto
  • 3 thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil or pesto
  • Butter or olive oil
  • 2 slices crusty bread
  • Shredded white cheese (optional)


  • For some extra melty goodness, start with shredded white cheese, such as cheddar or Gouda. Layer on prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, basil and/or pesto.
  • Spread butter or olive oil on both sides of the sandwich.
  • Warm on a nonstick pan over low heat until cheese melts.
  • Remove from pan and let cool. Cut sandwich in half and enjoy.

For more recipes starring fresh mozzarella, try a Caprese salad or a marinated mozzarella appetizer.

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Sarra Sedghi
Sarra Sedghi is a Birmingham-based writer and editor specializing in food, travel, and history. Her work has appeared in Allrecipes, Atlas Obscura, Eater, MyRecipes, Polygon, and Tasting Table. She excels at narrative writing, and received her MFA in Narrative Nonfiction from the University of Georgia in 2017.