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

Souffle Al Cioccolato

Coriander Spumante with Lime

Insalata de Carciofi: Raw Artichoke Salad


Pappa Al Pomodoro

Marilu's Cous Cous Dessert

Mozzarella In Carrozza

Fried Sage with Anchovies

Tuna Meatballs

Sashimi Siciliano: Sicilian Sashimi

Pesto Genovese

Turkey con Funghi Misti: Turkey with Mushroom Medley

Torta d'Uva: Grape Cake

Nonna Maria's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Spaghetti Alla Caprese

I Cocoli

Polipo in Umido: Stewed Octopus

Spezzatino di Manzo al Cioccolato: Beef Stew with Chocolate

Panna Cotta al Mango

Tomato Cream Sauce with Tuna

Insalata del Mercato Ballaro: Ballaro Market Salad

La Cecina

Pizza Fritta with Tomato Sauce or Honey

Drunken Spaghetti

Grilled Radicchio

Penne al Cioccolato con Anchovies: Penne with Chocolate and Anchovies

Totani E Tubetti: Squid and Tubetti Pasta

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.