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

Bollito with Salsa Verde and Chili Sauce: Boiled Beef with Salsa Verde and Chili Sauce

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Zucchini Meatballs

Chili Pepper Jam

Chili Sauce

Pizza Dough


Zuppa di Cozze: Mussel Soup

Fried Calamari

Eggplant Meatballs

Stuffed Squid

Polpette Di Peppe

Stuffed Pizza with Variations: Spinach and Fontina, Escarole, Anchovy, Pine Nut and Raisin, Prosciutto Cotto and Scamorza

Tomato Cream Sauce with Tuna

Baccala Alla Pizzaiola: Cod with Tomato

Pasta Al Forno: Oven Baked Pasta

Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Lumache di Mare: Sauteed Sea Snails

Cannellini and Pancetta Soup

Lingue di Gatto: Cat Got Your Tongue Cookie

Drunken Spaghetti

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.