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

Fried Calamari

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar


Pasta alla Trapanese: Trapanese-style Pasta

Pizza Dough

Pasta al Burro con Formaggino: Pasta with Butter and Cheese

Zucchine alla Scapece: Zucchini Finished in Vinegar

Spaghetti Alla Caprese

Brutti Ma Buoni

Caramelized Fennel

Chili Sauce

Tagliolini con Tartufo: Tagliolini with Truffles


Baccala Alla Pizzaiola: Cod with Tomato

La Salsa di 5 Minuti: Five Minute Sauce

Octopus in Tomato Sauce

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

Zuppa di Cozze: Mussel Soup

Stracotto al Chianti: Beef Braised in Chianti

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Stuffed Squid

Trippa Alla Fiorentina: Florentine Tripe

Nonna Maria's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Zuppa di Porcini: Porcini Soup

Marco's Polenta

Spaghetti al Limone: Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce

Pasta E Fagioli

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.