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

Spaghetti Alla Caprese

Chili Sauce

Zucchine alla Scapece: Zucchini Finished in Vinegar

Chickpea Soup

Brutti Ma Buoni

Bolognese Sauce

Chili Pepper Jam

Pasta e Patate: Pasta and Potato Soup

Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce

Zuppa di Vongole: Clam Soup

Nonna Maria's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Veal with Two Sides

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Porcini Gnocchi




Gateau di Patate: Potato Cake

Nonna Giulia's Pizza Dough

Umm Ali

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

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.