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


Zuppa di Vongole: Clam Soup

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

Patate al Forno: Baked Potatoes

Pasta Anto-Te

Lentils con Prosciutto

Ricotta and Grana Padano Gnocchi

Maria's Spezzatino: Maria's Stew

Lumache di Mare: Sauteed Sea Snails

Veal with Two Sides

Pasta e Patate: Pasta and Potato Soup

Brutti Ma Buoni

Salsiccia Con Cima Di Rapa: Sausage with Broccoli Rabe

Pesto Amalfitana

Penne al Cioccolato con Anchovies: Penne with Chocolate and Anchovies

Cannellini and Pancetta Soup

Tagliolini con Tartufo: Tagliolini with Truffles

Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce

I Cocoli

Tuna Meatballs

Beef Tenderloins con Balsamico

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.