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

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Pasta Al Forno: Oven Baked Pasta

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Salsiccia Con Cima Di Rapa: Sausage with Broccoli Rabe

Fried Calamari


Lingue di Gatto: Cat Got Your Tongue Cookie

Zuppa di Vongole: Clam Soup

Pizza Pasta

Stracotto al Chianti: Beef Braised in Chianti

Pasta E Fagioli

Spaghetti con Pomodorini e Pecorino: Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Pecorino

Pumpkin (Squash) Soup

Involtini Di Bresaola: Rolled Bresaola

Chili Pepper Jam

Lazy Man's Lasagna

Pasta al Burro con Formaggino: Pasta with Butter and Cheese

Smoked Salmon Tartine

Insalata di Fagioli e Tonno: Tuna and Bean Salad

Joe David's Chocolate-Hazelnut Crepes

Insalata del Contadino: Sicilian Farmer's Salad

Baked Figs with Grappa

Bollito with Salsa Verde and Chili Sauce: Boiled Beef with Salsa Verde and Chili Sauce

Cannellini and Pancetta Soup

Porcini Gnocchi

Zuppa e Councesze: Soup with Mussels

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.