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“David Rocco’s Dolce Vita” is our guide to all things Italian. As always, the starting point is food. Italian cooking is all about the simple things, and how, if you learn to do these simple things well, life is that much better. I say this all the time and believe it absolutely: you don't need a cooking diploma to make fantastic Italian dishes.
The show is also about how food brings friends and family together.
Since the show began, it was based in Florence. Season one and most of season two were all about beautiful Florence, Firenze, from the sophisticated cafes and restaurants to the markets, some of the great characters who work in the food sector, and of course friends and family. At the end of season two, David takes viewers south to the legendary Amalfi coast, famous for its lemon groves.
In season 3 Rocco spends the day putting together an insider’s food guide to Florence. Along with his photographer friend Chris, Rocco shows us the ins and outs of buying fruits and vegetables at one of the city’s fabulous open air markets; he explains everything you’ve ever needed to know about ordering a coffee in Italy. He shows us a recipe from one of Florence’s hot restaurants, and finally, he takes time out to enjoy a pre dinner aperitivo and of course, an after dinner digestive. This is la dolce vita.
Season four of David Rocco’s Dolce Vita is all about the beauty of basics—and the alchemy and magic of Italian cooking that anyone can achieve at home. David and his family have settled at a centuries old farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside in the small town of Monteloro, just outside Chianti. Inspired by ‘cucina povera’ or ‘peasant cuisine’ that is at the heart of Italian cooking, David makes dishes using great olive oil and simple seasonal fresh ingredients sometimes even picked from his own garden. David also draws his inspiration from the Italian cooking philosophy of Quanto Basta—taking as much as you need, no more and no less, and passes that on to the viewers. It’s not about exact measurements. It’s about being in the moment, connecting to what you’re cooking, the sensuality of ingredients and your personal preferences. It’s really about empowerment and the joy that starts when you open your kitchen and have fun cooking.
Rocco is treated like family when he meets up with the charismatic Eddie Oliva while on vacation along the Amalfi coast. Guided by Eddie, Rocco embarks on an adventure in search of fresh mozzarella, limoncello, and the true Neapolitan pizza.
From the perspective of a Canadian-Italian living in Florence, Rocco writes a true-to-heart article for a North-American magazine about the sights and sounds of his city and the comfort foods it inspires.
During a game of pool with Marco, Rocco realizes that he has forgotten his wedding anniversary. Thinking on his feet, Rocco improvises an anniversary full of surprises, including a few special dishes for Nina.
Rocco and Nina experience all that Florence has to offer when it comes to the performing arts. A night at the ballet is followed by a day of acting, dancing and of course, cooking. Rocco and Nina spend their time at Teatro Del Sale, a dinner theatre created by famed chef Fabio Picchi, which fuses performance art with innovative dishes.
When Rocco and his soccer pals get their butts kicked at a pick up soccer game they agree that they've got to get back into shape. Rocco feeds them one last comfort food meal before taking them through a day of physical activity and light, but tasty dishes. Will their resolve stay steady or will it crumble in the face of a new toy and a tasty aperitivo time food spread?
Rocco takes Nina on a weekend getaway in Chianti, just 20 minutes outside of Florence. The agriturismo of choice is renown for it's historic villas mixed with edgy contemporary art. Inspired by the art and the abundance of fresh olive oil and wine made right at the estate, Rocco creates a few authentic Chianti dishes in their open-air kitchen.
What's a pasta dish without an intoxicating sauce? From a classic bolognese sauce to the intricate taste of nipitella with porcini mushrooms, Rocco takes us through delicious Italian sauces and their complimentary starch counterparts. After an aperitif with friends by the beautiful Amo river, Rocco invites the gang over for dinner, featuring all that sauce.
Paola, an old friend of Rocco's, needs a helping hand in creating a cooking school at her estate in Lazio. His mission - to create a distinctive recipe for each villa on her property, reflecting the interior and exterior characteristics with culinary flair. With the help of a student photographer, Rocco cooks up a storm and hands in his homework. Lets hope he passes.