About a year after (Stanley Tucci's grandmother suffered a) stroke, a devastating infection forced the amputation of her left leg. Relatives gathered to comfort her as she emerged from surgery.
“To cheer her up, we asked her to tell us, again, how to make stuffed artichokes,” recalled Joan Tucci, her daughter and Stanley’s mother. “She went through the whole thing.”
“I thought the nurse was going to die,” Mrs. Tucci added. “Only an Italian would talk about food at a time like this.”