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

Bolognese Sauce

Brutti Ma Buoni

Pasta al Burro con Formaggino: Pasta with Butter and Cheese

Villa Maria's Lemon Tiramisu

Croccante: Almond Brittle

Cannoli Siciliani: Sicilian Cannoli

Salsiccia Con Cima Di Rapa: Sausage with Broccoli Rabe


Pasta Al Forno: Oven Baked Pasta

Tagliolini con Tartufo: Tagliolini with Truffles

Gateau di Patate: Potato Cake

Eggs in Tomato Sauce

I Cocoli

Spaghetti Alla Caprese

Lumache di Mare: Sauteed Sea Snails

Pasta e Patate: Pasta and Potato Soup

Beef Tenderloins con Balsamico

Chili Pepper Jam

Gelato Affogato

Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce

Insalata di Baccala: Cod Salad

Pumpkin (Squash) Soup

Zuppa di Vongole: Clam Soup

Pasta E Fagioli

Nonna Giulia's Pizza Dough

Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Involtini Di Bresaola: Rolled Bresaola

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.