Debi Mazar, a New York native, made her feature film debut in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas as Ray Liotta's junkie mistress. From that auspicious beginning, she went to work with such noted directors as Jodi Foster in Little Man Tate, Barry Levinson (Toys) and Woody Allen (Bullet's Over Broadway). Mazar has also made her mark in the independent film world, co-starring in such off-beat films as Nick Cassavente's She's so Lovely and in Steve Buscemi's directorial debut Trees Lounge. She currently plays Shauna, the fast talking publicist on HBO's hit series Entourage and can be seen in the upcoming remake of The Women. Debi also has a cooking show with her Florentine husband Gabriele Corcos, UnderTheTuscanGun.com. The Florentine recently sat down with Debi and Gabriele to talk love, life and, of course, food!
How did you two meet?
I was on holiday in 2001, traveling through Europe. I stopped in Florence to stay with the French pianist Katia Labeque, who had a fantastic palazzo in Piazza Santo Spirito. She is an incredible, talented, woman who likes hosting people; when we were introduced at Madonna's wedding in Scotland, she invited me to visit her in Florence. That summer she was rehearsing with her classical orchestra and a jazz band. The house was filled with musicians from all over the world, filled with the sounds of violins, pianos and lutes. The kitchen was serving the best wines and Tuscan cuisine prepared by locals.
That's where Gabriele and I met. He was working with Katia that summer. One night, we were seated next to one another at dinner. When we ran out of cigarettes, we took a walk to the piazza and ended up smoking and having a cocktail in Santo Spirito. We stayed there for hours and at some point joked that we should have a child together. He kissed me goodnight and, when he left, I slid down the wall, literally. We were married in less than a year. That was seven years ago. We now have two daughters and are returning to Florence to raise them.
Gabriele, did you know who Debi was?
No, I had never heard of Debi, and I'm not really impressed with famous people, but obviously I was impressed with Debi, which is why I left what I was doing to be with her in the United States.
Let's get to the important topic, food! How did you get this idea for the show?