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


Pizza Dough

Stracotto al Chianti: Beef Braised in Chianti

Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Porcini Gnocchi

Brutti Ma Buoni

Insalata di Baccala: Cod Salad

Lazy Man's Lasagna

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Trippa Alla Fiorentina: Florentine Tripe

Involtini Di Bresaola: Rolled Bresaola

Lentil and Tomato Soup

Nonna Giulia's Pizza Dough

Pumpkin (Squash) Soup

Salsiccia Con Cima Di Rapa: Sausage with Broccoli Rabe

Drunken Spaghetti

Tagliolini con Tartufo: Tagliolini with Truffles

Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce

Maria's Spezzatino: Maria's Stew

Spaghetti Alla Caprese

La Cecina

Castagnaccio: Chestnut Flour Cake

Pane, Burro e Zucchero: Bread, Butter, and Sugar

Baccala Alla Pizzaiola: Cod with Tomato

Pasta e Patate: Pasta and Potato Soup

Pasta E Fagioli

Chili Sauce

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.