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

Drunken Chestnuts

Sugo di Cinghiale: Wild Boar Sauce

Zuppa e Councesze: Soup with Mussels

Dolce Vita's Surubao

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Pane, Burro e Zucchero: Bread, Butter, and Sugar

Dessert Pizza with Variations: Grape and Pine Nut, Apple and Gorgonzola, Mascarpone and Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Branzino Alla Max

Honey and Cheese

Antipasto di Ricotta: Simple Ricotta Antipasto

Pumpkin (Squash) Soup



Fried Eggs With Truffles

Giuditta's Pomodori Ripieni: Guiditta's Stuffed Tomatoes

Zucchine alla Scapece: Zucchini Finished in Vinegar


Schiacciata Con l'Uva: Focaccia Topped with Grapes

Tuscan Fettunta

Lumache di Mare: Sauteed Sea Snails

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Parmigiano Chips

Torta di Panettone: Christmas Cake

Chili Sauce

Spezzatino di Cinghiale: Wild Boar Stew

Roasted Chestnuts


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.