Last Updated on 23rd October 2022 by Sophie Nadeau
If you love food and Italy, then you’re onto a winner if you check out one of Netflix’s biggest fall offerings, From Scratch. The mini-series follows the true story of Tembi Locke, known as Amy Wheeler in the series, as she experiences love, loss, and a new life that was not how she envisioned her life to play out. Here are all of the top From Scratch filming locations across Italy and the USA.
Is From Scratch based on a true story?
Yes, From Scratch is based on a true story. The mini-series is based on Tembi Locke’s best-selling memoir and autobiography, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home, which was published in 2019.
In the autobiography, the story begins in Florence, Italy where Tembi falls in love with Saro, a professional chef. In the series, Tembi’s name is changed to Amy (played by Zoe Saldaña) and Saro’s name is changed to Lino (played by Eugenio Mastrandrea).
However, his Sicilian parents and family did not approve of him falling in love with a Black American woman (who also happened to be an actress), and so the couple built a life in Los Angeles, California.
Tragically, events ended up taking a sad turn, and the course of the Netflix series show what happened next. The show looks at themes of love, loss, travel, and exactly what it means to find a home.
Some of the main producers of the series include Attica Locke (Tembi Locke’s sister) and actress Reese Witherspoon. The series is a limited series, meaning that From Scratch won’t come back for a second season.
The beautiful city of Firenze, as it is so-called in Italian has been used as a backdrop for many a film over the decades, and for good reason. The delectable city is steeped in history and is a feast for the senses thanks to its rich historical, culinary, and architectural scene.
The very first shot of the series shows a plane landing, followed by a view of Tembi walking out of a building, suitcase in one hand, with the iconic Franciscan church of Santa Croce, which is now the final resting place of Michelangelo and Galileo.
As well as Piazza Santa Croce, a number of other pretty squares were used in Florence. This includes Piazza del Carmine, Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza di San Pier Maggiore, Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza Ognissanti, and Piazza del Mercato Nuovo.
We also see panoramas of the city featuring highlights such as the Duomo (cathedral) and Ponte Vecchio. Another iconic scene shows close ups of a replica of the David statue, Michelangelo’s masterpiece which is now housed in the Accademia Gallery.
The actual David statue isn’t featured in the series- the original David is much larger than that featured in From Scratch and is housed in its own alcove, whereas the one filmed for the series is positioned against a window and so can only have been filmed at the Liceo Artistico Statale di Porta Romana e Sesto Fiorentino.
Amy lives and works in a bar in the historic city centre and we see several shots of the streets of Via Lambertesca and the Borgo Santi Apostoli. These historic streets are narrow, cobbled, and strolling along them feels akin to stepping back in time.
When driving around Florence on a scooter, Lino shows Amy all sorts of other attractions, including the Fontana Del Porcellino and the Mercato del Porcellino, a 16th-century covered luxury marketplace.
Amy enjoys drinks with her father and his partner at SE·STO on Arno Rooftop Bar. This beautiful rooftop presides over the River Arno and boasts 2 terraces. They also serve delicious Italian food, making this the perfect date night spot.
Houston, Texas, USA
Though we don’t see any panoramas or aerial footage of Houston itself, on a phone call between Amy Wheeler and her family, we find out that Wheeler’s father lives in Texas. All that is shown is a backyard BBQ scene so it’s not clear where the Texan scenes of the series were filmed.
Los Angeles, California, USA
Much of the story is based in LA, and so this is where a lot of the series was filmed. One of the more iconic landmarks featured in the series include the Watts Towers, which are fenced off in reality but is where Amy goes to work teaching art to kids in the series.
Tembi Locke’s husband hailed from Siciliy, the European island that is best-known for being the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and offering no shortage of beautiful sea vistas, water-based activities, and stunning fishing towns.
The island can be found just off the toe of the boot of Italy (Italy is a boot-shaped country in the South of Europe) and is famous for being where Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe is located. In the series, Locke visits Sicily multiple times, including with her daughter.