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

Pasta Al Forno: Oven Baked Pasta

Chickpea Soup

Pizza Dough

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Octopus in Tomato Sauce

Polpette Di Peppe

Bolognese Sauce


Ricotta and Grana Padano Gnocchi

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Stuffed Squid

Pasta al Burro con Formaggino: Pasta with Butter and Cheese

Chili Sauce

Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Spaghetti Alla Caprese

Zucchine alla Scapece: Zucchini Finished in Vinegar

Patate al Forno: Baked Potatoes

Nonna Maria's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Pappa Al Pomodoro


Veal with Two Sides

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce

Lazy Man's Lasagna

Nonna Giulia's Pizza Dough

Fried Calamari

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.