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

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce


Fried Calamari

Roasted Chestnuts

Octopus in Tomato Sauce

Zuppa di Porcini: Porcini Soup

Pasta Al Forno: Oven Baked Pasta

Gateau di Patate: Potato Cake

Stuffed Squid

Bolognese Sauce

Tagliolini con Tartufo: Tagliolini with Truffles

Pumpkin (Squash) Soup

Torta di Panettone: Christmas Cake

Lazy Man's Lasagna

Pasta E Fagioli

Chili Sauce

Drunken Spaghetti

Grana, Rucola, Pear Salad

Pizza Dough

Trippa Alla Fiorentina: Florentine Tripe

Drunken Peaches

Martini Caruso

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Cous Cous alla Panzanella

Tuscan Fettunta and Le Bruschette: Tuscan Toasted Bread and Bruschetta

Beef Carpaccio with Pomegranate

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.