New Hallmark movie transports viewers to Italy

New Hallmark movie transports viewers to Italy

The new Hallmark movie A Very Venice Romance will premiere as part of the network’s Fall Into Love lineup.

The romantic comedy, which stars Stephanie Leonidas and Raniero Monaco Di Lapio, was filmed on location in Italy.

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In A Very Venice Romance, Stephanie Leonidas stars as Amy, a New York City executive trying to launch a healthy deliverable meal prep service. She decides that celebrity chef Marcello (Monaco Di Lapio) would be the perfect person to help her develop the meals but when she approaches him with a pitch, he turns her down.

Amy decides to go to Italy and speak with Marcello in person. She enrolls as a student at his academy and meets an interesting cast of characters as she learns to cook.

Marcello introduces her to the slow-paced pleasures of Italy and convinces her that meal prep kits should use fresh ingredients instead of supplements but Amy’s boss isn’t convinced.

Lorraine Bracco, Melanie Scrofano, and Daniel di Tomasso in Hallmark Channel's Welcome to Mama's
Lorraine Bracco, Melanie Scrofano, and Daniel di Tomasso in Hallmark Channel's Welcome to Mama's. (Image: Crown Media)

“Will Amy follow her instincts and her heart, or will she stay quiet to keep her job?” reads a synopsis from Hallmark Channel.

Stephanie Leonidas

Stephanie Leonidas was born in London and began her acting career doing community theater. She has appeared on the TV shows Down to Earth, Holby City, Daddy’s Girl, Revelations, Empire, American Gothic, and Van Der Valk.

From 2013 to 2015 she starred on the Syfy series Defiance, which was based on a video game. In an interview, the actress said the show was appealing both because of its groundbreaking nature — the story lines on the show and the game intersected — but also because it was, at its heart, a story about humanity.

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“What I loved about the script was that, even though it was about aliens, and there was a lot of shooting and fighting, it wasn’t predominantly about that stuff,” she told Collider. “There was a real human drama to it. The aliens have heart, and it felt like it was something that people could relate to more than just watching a bunch of aliens, post-apocalypse, not really getting on. It just had so much more to it.”

Raniero Monaco Di Lapio

Raniero Monaco Di Lapio has starred in the TV shows So che ritornerai, Taljanka, I Medici 3, Che Dio ci Aiuti 5, and Guida Astrologica per Cuori Infranti.

Where to watch

Hallmark Channel can be accessed through Philo, Sling TV, Frndly TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, Peacock, Hallmark Movies Now, and Fubo. It can take a while for new movies to be added to the streaming platforms, so keep checking back.

If you have a library card, check to see if your library is connected to Hoopla. Hallmark movies and shows can be accessed via this app.

A Very Venice Romance will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, September 30 at 8/7c.

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