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

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Pasta Al Forno: Oven Baked Pasta

Chickpea Soup

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce


Pasta al Burro con Formaggino: Pasta with Butter and Cheese

Lazy Man's Lasagna

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Stracotto al Chianti: Beef Braised in Chianti

Bolognese Sauce

Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce

Gateau di Patate: Potato Cake


Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Octopus in Tomato Sauce

Lentil and Tomato Soup

Porcini Gnocchi

Potato Croquette

Insalata Caprese

Pappa Al Pomodoro

Involtini Di Carpaccio: Rolled Beef Carpaccio

Spaghetti Alla Caprese

Ricotta and Grana Padano Gnocchi

Gelato Affogato

Cannellini and Pancetta Soup

Trippa Alla Fiorentina: Florentine Tripe

Lumache di Mare: Sauteed Sea Snails

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.