I Tried Stanley Tucci’s New Greenpan Collection, and It Cooks Everything Perfectly

published Nov 24, 2023
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Usually when we come across Stanley Tucci, he’s either gracing the silver screen in a quirky yet charming role or working on creating something delicious in the kitchen, such as his renowned martini or his simple zucchini pasta. Either way, we’re not complaining!

Lately, though, Tucci has taken part in a number of cool partnerships to help further share his love for cooking and being in the kitchen. The actor most recently partnered with GreenPan to create a super-glamorous-looking cookware collection.

What Is GreenPan?

GreenPan, the popular cookware brand founded in 2007 by partners and friends Jan Helskens and Wim De Veirman, is known for its dedication to making “healthy” nonstick cookware that’s also durable. Helskens and De Veriman collaborated to develop reliable nonstick cookware that was nontoxic and free of PFAS, potentially harmful chemicals commonly used to make cheaper nonstick cookware. 

The company recently collaborated with Tucci on the Tucci by GreenPan collection, which is made in Italy. Upon one glance at the collection, which is exclusive to Williams Sonoma, you’ll notice that the cookware not only maintains the quality of all of GreenPan’s nonstick products, but also displays a few impressively sleek attributes, complete with the actor’s last name etched on the handle.

“My new cookware collection combines modern design with effortless performance,” says Tucci per the brand’s website. “These pieces have thoughtful touches that make a difference and are shaped by a long tradition of craftsmanship.”

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What Is Included in the Tucci by GreenPan Collection?

There are 15 pieces of cookware in the Tucci by GreenOan collection, which you can buy in sets of various sizes or à la carte. I tested the 11-piece set to get a comprehensive look at the collection, while another editor tested a few other pieces to get different points of view.

The collection is available in either Carrara White, Venetian Teal, and Milano Black (inspired by Tucci’s home). Pieces are made with durable aluminum interiors that can withstand high temperatures and distribute heat evenly without warping, and coated with GreenPan’s Thermolon Infinite8 ceramic nonstick coating, which helps them perform like a high-quality, nonstick pan, without any harsh chemicals or PFAS.

The cookware is safe for all cooktops (including the ever-popular induction) and can withstand temps up to 600°F even in the oven or under the broiler. Lids, however, are only oven-safe up to 425°F. Pots and saucepans are also crafted with generous, flat bottoms that won’t wobble or become uneven over time, while the lids are made from sturdy tempered glass with stainless steel rims for a secure fit.

Additionally, each pot and pan has stylish gold stainless steel handles, both on the helper handles as well as on each lid. 

My Review of the Stanley Tucci x GreenPan Collection

I was fortunate enough to be able to test out this incredibly sophisticated and well-crafted collection at home. After a few weeks of cooking, making a range of different dishes, and adhering to my usual dishwashing routine, I was able to fully make some educated critiques of the collection.

Appearance: Overall, I think every piece of the collection looks spectacular. A lot of cookware, especially nonstick ones, have super-clean looks from a distance, but upon a closer inspection, you can often see that they tend to look rather cheap or poorly made. This collection from Tucci, however, looks expensive and is made from a super-durable material. The interior of the pan even has a subtle sheen to it that is maintained even after cooking and cleaning.

Sophisticated Features: One of the main things that drew me to the collection was the gold accents that come with each pan. It’s not really common to have quality pots and pans that are nonstick but also have sturdy gold handles. Also, the pieces in this collection come personalized with Tucci’s name on each of the handles. Also, while I opted for the Carrara White version, the Venetian Teal and Milano Black are just as glamorous-looking. Just keep in mind, however, that the Milano Black doesn’t have the gold handles.

Functionality: Another aspect I noticed quickly about the collection is that whenever I made a dish that required boiling water, like pasta, the water came to a boil relatively quickly, which is great. Many low-quality pans often either take a while for the pan to come to a full boil or have a boil that is completely even. With this pan, including the stockpot and the large saucepan, I saw that the water had a very even boil.

Easy to Clean: Lastly, but perhaps most important of all, this collection is super easy to clean and you don’t have to worry about it being easily damaged from a sponge or start collecting scratches from something like a wooden spoon. When I started washing the pots that had pasta sauce in them, I was initially afraid that the pot would get stained and/or have scratches from the spoon on the bottom. Luckily, though, the pan was easy to wipe clean and was scratch-free!

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Review of the GreenPan Stanley Tucci Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan, 8″

This small fry pan can be used for a range of things such as making an omelet, sautéing vegetables, or even toasting a piece of bread. In my case, I used it to toast a bagel in some melted butter. While I could’ve toasted it in the toaster, I prefer the way it comes out when it’s cooked in butter directly on the heat. I found that the pan was the perfect size to get this done.

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Review of the GreenPan Stanley Tucci Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan, 10″

This will likely be one of the pans you use the most. It’s a great size for breakfast dishes like bacon or pancakes, but also is large enough to be used for a range of different sautés with vegetables, tofu, sliced protein, etc. Because I tested this around the holidays, I wanted to try something I don’t usually make, such as candied walnuts. I also thought this would be a good opportunity to see if the sugar would create problems for the pan. After tossing the walnuts with some sugar, cinnamon, and butter, the pan was still nonstick and easy to clean! 

You can shop the 10-inch pan in a set along with the 8-inch, or in the 11-piece set I tested, but the two sizes are so versatile that you’ll use them more often than you’d realize.

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Review of the GreenPan Stanley Tucci Ceramic Nonstick 2-Quart Saucepan

A small saucepan like this one is often overlooked, but I actually like this size for making certain types of grains. Although you could easily heat up a canned soup or chili in this saucepan, I chose to make homemade sushi rice. It’s a simple dish that’s easy to make, but it’s also super flavorful. At first, I was afraid that the pan would be too small to properly cook the rice, but it ended up absorbing the flavor perfectly and wasn’t overcooked or mushy.

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Review of the GreenPan Stanley Tucci Ceramic Nonstick 4-Quart Saucepan

This is also a great pan to use for making large portions of soup or chili, and it’s a great size for making your own marinara sauce at home. I used this saucepan to not only boil a short pasta (perfectly al dente, by the way!), but also mixed the pasta together with a jar of vodka sauce as well. The dish didn’t overcook the pasta at all; it wasn’t stained by the sauce, either.

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Review of the GreenPan Stanley Tucci Ceramic Nonstick 4-Quart Sauté Pan

This is another pan that you’ll only find in the 11-piece cookware set. It’s super versatile and could easily be used to make multiple servings of a chicken dish such as chicken piccata or a seafood dish like shrimp scampi. For me, however, when testing I decided to start with the basics. I made a simple rice dish that I flavored with a packet of sazón, which also tinted the rice a bright orange shade. I wanted to also test to see if the packet of sazón would end up staining the pan at all, but after cleaning the dish later on, there was zero staining!

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Review of the GreenPan Stanley Tucci Ceramic Nonstick 8-Quart Stockpot

This is probably the item in the collection that I was most excited about, and it’s one that you’ll only find in the 11-piece collection that I tested. I’ve never really owned a true stockpot with an insert that could also be used as a double boiler. For boiling pasta, I usually stick to pouring the pasta and water through a colander; for things like steaming or melting chocolate, I use the microwave.

With this pot, though, I can make perfectly al dente pasta and transfer it directly to the sauce in a separate saucepan. I can also put a shallow amount of water on the bottom to steam foods like pierogi, or add a large heatproof bowl to the top and gently melt chocolate on the stovetop. For initial testing, though, I stuck to what I knew most people would use it for: boiling pasta, which came out great and was easy to maneuver without worrying about pouring the pasta over the sink.

Is Tucci Cookware Non-Toxic?

Yes! In fact, this particular collection, created by Stanley Tucci and GreenPan, was made similar to how other nonstick GreenPan products are — without harmful chemicals or PFAS. Many nonstick cookware products are often made with toxic materials. GreenPan’s products, however, prioritize high-quality cookware that is functional and (actually nonstick) but also safe to use repeatedly.

What Pans Does Stanley Tucci Use?

Stanley Tucci is quite active in the kitchen, and shared many of his creations with fans online. This is partially why he collaborated with GreenPan to make an expertly crafted nonstick cookware line made in Italy. Plus, this cookware line and its various design elements were inspired by Tucci’s own kitchen.