David Rocco

TV chef David Rocco cooks casual, authentic Italian food.

Born in Toronto, David was the youngest of three children to Neapolitan parents. At school he took up acting and modelling and later earned a degree in economics at York University.

After university David was drawn back to his love of the kitchen, which had stemmed from watching his mother cook as a child, and his restaurant 'La Madonnina' was born. Owned and managed by the Roccos and serving casual, authentic Italian dishes, the restaurant was a success.

After two years at the restaurant David and his wife Nina, were given the chance to present Avventura: Journeys in Italian Cuisine, a 26-episode travel and Italian cooking show, which aired in Canada. David Rocco's Dolce Vita soon followed, in which he showed off the joys of living in Florence.

Books
Avventura: Culinary Adventures in Italy, Bay Books & Tapes, 2001

David Rocco

David Rocco's Recipes



 
Acquacotta
Acquacotta on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

David Rocco cooks up a delicious Italian soup recipe of porcini mushrooms, spinach and chilli

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
45 min

Anchovy meatballs
Anchovy meatballs on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

This dish from David Rocco combines salty anchovies, crisp white wine and creamy parmesan. Great on its own or with a rich tomato sauce

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
1 hr

Aunt Carolina’s Pasta
Aunt Carolina’s Pasta on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

With golden courgette, sharp capers and fresh mint, this pasta dish from David Rocco is sure to become a family favourite

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
35 min

Baked figs with grappa
Baked figs with grappa on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

Try making David Rocco’s simple festive dessert of dried figs stuffed with almonds and sugar baked in Italian grape brandy

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
35 min

Baked pasta with aubergine and mozzarella
Baked pasta with aubergine and mozzarella on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

David Rocco’s recipe for pasta al forno, meaning ‘oven baked pasta’ in Italian is a comforting dish of rigatoni in aubergine and tomato sauce with mozzarella

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
55 min

Barbecued sardines
Barbecued sardines on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

A smoky flavour perfectly complements these salty sardines in David Rocco’s exciting barbecue alternative

Avg user rating: 1 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
20 min

Beef and chocolate stew
Beef and chocolate stew on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

This rich Italian beef stew from David Rocco perfectly combines pancetta, sherry and dark chocolate

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
1 hr 35 min

Beef tenderloin toast
Beef tenderloin toast on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

David Rocco cooks thinly sliced beef tenderloin in wine and garlic then serves it on slices of toasted crusty bread with rocket and parmesan

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
30 min

Broad beans with pecorino
Broad beans with pecorino on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

David Rocco serves up freshly shelled broad beans with slices of nutty pecorino cheese for this simple side dish

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
10 min

Buttered bread with brown sugar
Buttered bread with brown sugar on David Rocco's Dolce Vita

David Rocco spreads crusty white bread with lashings of butter and scatters with crunchy brown sugar

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
10 min