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

Pumpkin (Squash) Soup

Maria's Spezzatino: Maria's Stew

Octopus in Tomato Sauce

Pasta Al Forno: Oven Baked Pasta

Zuppa di Porcini: Porcini Soup

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Lumache di Mare: Sauteed Sea Snails

Sugo di Cinghiale: Wild Boar Sauce

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Trippa Alla Fiorentina: Florentine Tripe

Cannoli Siciliani: Sicilian Cannoli

Pizza Dough

Tagliolini con Tartufo: Tagliolini with Truffles

Eggs in Tomato Sauce

Antipasto di Ricotta: Simple Ricotta Antipasto

Porcini Gnocchi

Marco's Polenta

Fried Calamari

Pasta E Fagioli

Stuffed Squid

Pasta al Burro con Formaggino: Pasta with Butter and Cheese

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

Stracotto al Chianti: Beef Braised in Chianti

Roasted Chestnuts

La Cecina

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.