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


Pasta Al Forno: Oven Baked Pasta

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Salsiccia Con Cima Di Rapa: Sausage with Broccoli Rabe

Octopus in Tomato Sauce

Pollo con Zucca e Gorgonzola: Chicken with Squash and Gorgonzola

Pasta e Patate: Pasta and Potato Soup

Lumache di Mare: Sauteed Sea Snails

Pasta E Fagioli

Nonna Maria's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Lingue di Gatto: Cat Got Your Tongue Cookie

Stracotto al Chianti: Beef Braised in Chianti

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Zuppa di Vongole: Clam Soup

Insalata Caprese

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Drunken Spaghetti

Bechamel Sauce

Chili Pepper Jam

Insalata di Baccala: Cod Salad

Porcini Gnocchi

Pizza Dough

Salsiccie e Fagioli: Pork and Beans

Tagliolini con Tartufo: Tagliolini with Truffles

Zuppa e Councesze: Soup with Mussels

Villa Maria's Lemon Tiramisu

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.