Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure

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Andrew Cotto

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Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides he never wants to leave. What follows is a wine-soaked, food-filled, travel adventure about one man's quest for an antiquated existence in the modern world.



Short Summary

Jacoby Pines arrives in Italy with his travel-writer fiancée for what is to be a year of work for her and recovery for him. It is clear that their relationship is unstable and that Jacoby is relying upon a dated photograph that could lead to familial connections and possible redemption.

After a split from Claire and promising pursuits in search of his family turn up empty, Jacoby plans his unwilling return to America, only to be saved by fantastic events that restore his reputation in America and - more importantly - secure his ability to stay in Italy forever.



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Other

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Jacoby Pines

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Desperate,Engaging,Empathetic,Gracious,Heartthrob,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Underdog,Sophisticated,Romantic,Funny,Skillful,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Bill Guion

Age: 70

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Honorable,Sophisticated,Outspoken,Selfless,Funny,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Helen Bailey

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Seductive,Romantic,Funny,Outspoken,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: Claire St. James

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Educated,Sophisticated,Seductive,Romantic,Outspoken,Sexy,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Decisive,Unapologetic,Secretive

Development Pitch

Who wouldn't want a sun-splashed, wine-soaked, food-filled Italian adventure? Full of wonderful characters, an engaging plot, beautiful scenery, decadent meals and a feel-good ending, this film or series will remind viewers of what matters most in life: the everyday pleasure of our simple experiences, the importance of family and friendship, and the meaning of home.

About The Author

Andrew Cotto is the award-winning author of three novels and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Andrew has also written for Parade, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Italy magazine, Maxim, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available