David is not a chef. He's Italian! Canadian-born David Rocco immerses himself in the charm and beauty of Tuscan life as he visits local markets and prepares authentic, easy-to-learn classic Italian dishes. Inspired by "cucina povera," or peasant cuisine, which is at the heart of Italian cooking, David makes dishes using simple, fresh, seasonal ingredients that any home chef can do anywhere.


David's Latest Trip

David returns to Italy to work on his second cookbook and scout locations for Dolce Vita.

Where Did He Eat?

5 Ingredient Pasta Party

Orecchiette, ricotta, tomatoes, olive oil and cilantro make a refreshing one-pot meal in 20 minutes.

Make It Tonight

Pantry: Italian Essentials

A well-stocked pantry makes whipping up delicious Italian meals a snap. Countless dishes can be made from ingredients on hand, but with a quick dash through the express line for perishables, the options are limitless.

Most Popular Recipes

Turkey con Funghi Misti: Turkey with Mushroom Medley

Fagiolini In Umido: Braised Beans

Antipasto di Ricotta: Simple Ricotta Antipasto

Gateau di Patate: Potato Cake

Porcini Gnocchi

Insalata di Farro: Spelt Salad

Stuffed Pizza with Variations: Spinach and Fontina, Escarole, Anchovy, Pine Nut and Raisin, Prosciutto Cotto and Scamorza

Zabaglione with Mixed Fresh Berries

Mussels alla 'My Way'

Pizza Dough

Gnudi Con La Zucca: Naked Ravioli with Squash

Involtini with Castagne e Prosciutto: Beef and Prosciutto Rolls with Chestnuts

Beet Risotto with Truffle Oil

Le Focacce


Marilu's Cous Cous

La Salsa di 5 Minuti: Five Minute Sauce

Marco's Polenta

Nonna Giulia's Pizza Dough

Seppie con Sedano e Noci: Cuttlefish with Celery and Walnuts

Grana, Rucola, Pear Salad

Zucchini Meatballs

Coniglio Al'ischiatana: Ischia-style Rabbit

Zuppa Di Castagne: Chestnut Soup

Cannoli Siciliani: Sicilian Cannoli

Gamberi al Cioccolato: Shrimp with Chocolate

Fettuccine con Carciofi: Fettuccine with Artichokes

About the Host

David Rocco

Learn more about David Rocco, host of David Rocco's Dolce Vita, and watch how he explores Italy and finds inspiration from fresh seasonal ingredients.