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David Rocco’s Updates from Italy


David hanging out in Florence

This summer, I lived vicariously through David Rocco as he traversed Italy for three weeks to work on his second cookbook and scout locations for the next season of David Rocco’s Dolce Vita. Every day I’d check his Facebook fan page for the next mouth-watering update as David cooked and ate his way through Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Florence.

If you happen to be planning a trip to Italy (or even dreaming about one in the future), take note—David often provides addresses and phone numbers for his favorite restaurants, cafes, pizzerias and enotecas (wine bars). Here are some delicious snippets from David’s most recent travels:

“Last meal at Villa Maria in Ravello before we head up to Florence. In true style they send us off right with an amazing meal. Risotto con zucca e cozze and their amazing Lemon Profiterol, and of course the Professore’s home made limoncello.”

David and Dario

David and his favorite butcher, Dario

“Spent the afternoon with my Pal Dario Cecchini. His Mac Dario Hamburgers rock! He is the butcher from the season 4 episode ‘Viva La Cicca’. Go eat meat at his place. It’s the best!”

“Having breakfast at my favorite place in Florence. Cibreo Caffe Firenze. It’s next to mercato Sant’ Ambrogio. Great cappuccino e biscotti… as well as a good place for lunch.” Sidenote: This cafe was a favorite haunt of mine, too, during a summer studying abroad in Florence.

“The Florence food tour continues….Lunch was at Enoteca Fuori Porta for their crostoni. Such a simple concept… and so many to choose from! I had two, pancetta e scamorza and brie with walnuts and honey, and then to finish lunch some Cantucci con il Vin Santo.” I can also vouch for this one! An excellent wine bar right on the Arno river. Dying to go back…Right. Now.

David pizza party

David and friends enjoying a feast of antipasti and pizza

“Eat eat eat! My hosts Paolo e Gioia Galli and some friends decided to invite some friends over for some Pizza tonight. Buffalo mozzarella, salumi e various types of pizza. And for dessert Pizza con la Nutalla. Mmmm!”

Hungry now? Catch David Rocco’s Dolce Vita on Saturdays at 12:30pm/11:30c. Inspired by all of David’s amazing Italian meals? Try some of his top recipes.


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  5. Nikki posted 10/05/2011

    I love Italy…but this guy is the biggest fake!! Show is RAUNCHY!! Makes me love Extra Virgin that much more…that is real! Also makes me want to stay out of southern Italy with the way he acts, fake!! ALL THAT :((( No thanks!

  6. kathleen DeCriscio posted 10/29/2011

    hi david watch your all the time. Going to tuscany in november montecatino terma. we were there last yea r and loved it sq we r going back this year in november. I would like to see the butcher. went to florence also was great. If u have any tips right back thank you kathy

  7. Ramona Bagley posted 07/01/2013

    It takes all kinds I guess. Extra Virgin really turns me off. Do watch La Dolce Vita if you havn't already I do agree the "Amalfi Coast" is rather contrived at timesbut If you love Florence like I do you may feel a little different about those shows. I was turned off at first and now its almost my favorite thing to watch on TV because it is so completely, genuinely Tuscan . Nothing transports me there so well.

  8. Marianna posted 08/31/2013

    Agree 100% ! Keeps the shows coming and expand on the regions! Puglia, Marche! Molise, too, where Robert DeNiro's family is from! David is the best, need more of him – less of Giada. How many shows does she have anyway?! Too many.

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