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

Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce

Parsley-Lemon Pesto

Marilu's Cous Cous Dessert

Fried Calamari


Zia Orsola's Spinach Risotto

Salsa Verde Sauce

Insalata di Pasta con Tonno: Pasta Salad with Tuna

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Ricotta and Grana Padano Gnocchi

Joe David's Chocolate-Hazelnut Crepes

Panzanella: Tuscan Bread Salad

Insalate di Riso: Rice Salad

Pesto Amalfitana

Fried Sage with Anchovies

Tuna Meatballs

Insalata del Contadino: Sicilian Farmer's Salad


Panna Cotta al Mango

Tomato Cream Sauce with Tuna

Torta d'Uva: Grape Cake

Turkey con Funghi Misti: Turkey with Mushroom Medley

Drunken Peaches

Martini Caruso

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Cous Cous alla Panzanella

Tuscan Fettunta and Le Bruschette: Tuscan Toasted Bread and Bruschetta

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.