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

Zucchine alla Scapece: Zucchini Finished in Vinegar

Insalata Caprese

I Cocoli

La Cecina

Stuffed Squid

Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce

Lazy Man's Lasagna

Lentil and Tomato Soup

Pizza Dough

Pizza Pasta

Nonna Giulia's Pizza Dough

Orecchiette con Ricotta e Pomodorini: Orecchiette Pasta with Ricotta and Cherry Tomatoes

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Zuppa di Cozze: Mussel Soup

Drunken Spaghetti

Involtini Di Bresaola: Rolled Bresaola

Eggplant Meatballs

Baccala Alla Pizzaiola: Cod with Tomato

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

Umm Ali

Spezzatino di Manzo al Cioccolato: Beef Stew with Chocolate

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.