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

Drunken Spaghetti

Fried Calamari

Zuppa di Porcini: Porcini Soup

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Antipasto di Ricotta: Simple Ricotta Antipasto

Insalata Caprese

Nonna Maria's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Panzanella: Tuscan Bread Salad

Potato Croquette

Croccante: Almond Brittle

Nonna Giulia's Pizza Dough

Tony's Braciole with Gravy

Patate al Forno: Baked Potatoes

Pasta E Fagioli

Gateau di Patate: Potato Cake

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

Caramelized Fennel

Bolognese Sauce

Lazy Man's Lasagna

Zucchini Meatballs

Zuppa di Vongole: Clam Soup

Zuppa di Cozze: Mussel Soup

Insalata di Baccala: Cod Salad

Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Trippa Alla Fiorentina: Florentine Tripe

Chili Pepper Jam


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.