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  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita

  • Premieres Thursday June 4th at 7:55pm, 6:55pm BKK/JKT
  • Nat Geo People


In David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 5, David experiences all that Tuscany has to offer: fishing the storied lagoons of Orbetello, braving the crowds at the Palio di Siena, celebrating the wheat harvest in the Tuscan countryside and even uncovering Florence’s small but vibrant Indian community. He also explores the birthplaces of some of Italy’s most famous (and delicious) exports: gelato, balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano, only to discover that the food producers are just as interesting as the food itself. 

The series captures the way gli Toscani celebrate life and live their very own Dolce Vita: with passion, humor and spontaneity.


  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: The Palio
    The Palio di Siena is one of the most famous horse races in Europe. And one of the oldest*! Its a centuries-old festival that combines neighbourhood rivalries, pageants, and of course, food! David is invited to the Contrada del Bruco one of the competing districts where some 1,500 supporters get together for a pre-race dinner. Naturally, David rolls up his sleeves and gets to work in the kitchen. Featured Recipes include: Almond & Cumin-Encrusted Pork, Panzanella, Sautéed Spinach, Carbonara, Pici Pasta with Pancetta, Fava Beans and Asparagus.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: 4th of July
    David spends time at an agriturismo just outside of Siena, where the owner and her family host guests from all over the world. Its the 4th of July weekend, so David helps out with the cooking to prepare a feast for some of the American guests. The result is an unforgettable Italian-inspired American spread. Featured Recipes include: Tuscan-Style Pork Wellington, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Pici pasta with Fried Breadcrumbs and Anchovies, Pasta with Cauliflower.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Gelato! Gelato!
    Florence is the birthplace of gelato, so naturally, thats where David meets up with top gelato maker Vetulio Bondi. Together, they explore the combination of sweet and savoury using ice cream and discover some pretty novel creations. David continues the great gelato experiment at a local bar where he reinvents some classic Italian cocktails like Negroni and Aperol Spritz using ice cream. Featured Recipes include: Sushi-grade Tuna with Wasabi Gelato, Cacio e Pepe with Pecorino Gelato, Risotto ai Porcini with Nipitella Gelato
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: India In Florence
    Did you know there’s an Indian community in Florence? Neither did David! He meets up with Eduardo and Selvaggia, two Indophiles living in Firenze — one is the owner of one of the city’s first Indian restaurants, the other founded Florence’s Indian film festival — and together they explore Florence’s small but vibrant Indian community. And of course, David shares some of his Indo-Italian recipes along the way.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Pitigliano
    Southern Tuscany is dotted with small, lesser-known towns that are truly hidden gems. David sets off to the picturesque medieval town of Pitigliano, also known as Little Jerusalem, to meet (and eat!) with the locals and take in the areas beautiful sights.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Parmigiano-Reggiano
    Nicola Bertinelli is an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word. Since taking over his familys dairy farm to produce his own Parmigiano-Reggiano, hes expanded the business to include a store, a coffee bar, a deli, and you wont believe what happens at night … it turns into a full-fledged disco with a poolside bar where thousands of locals come to party! David meets with the man himself to hear his story and make delicious food with this world-famous cheese.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Kids' Camp
    David's sister runs a North American-style kids' summer camp in the heart of Tuscany. David decides to pay a visit and spend some time with his kids who are attending the camp this year, and helps prepares some delicious food for the young campers.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Dario's Ciccia
    David returns to visit his friend and arguably one of the most famous butchers in the world, Dario Cecchini. This time, though, they're passing on his signature bistecca Fiorentinia and using less appreciated cuts of beef like tendons, cartilage and cows feet. It's part reunion, part carnivore extravaganza, with David cooking up a storm all over Panzano from Dario's restaurant kitchen to an al fresco dinner party at his country home.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Fisherman of Orbetello
    David visits the Tuscan town of Orbetello, where a co-op of fisherman not only fish on the lagoons for eel, sea bream and sea bass, but also run the entire smoking and canning operation as well as a seaside restaurant. David learns what it takes to be part of this hardworking crew by spending a morning on the boats with them for the catch of the day, then lending a helping hand in the restaurant kitchen.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Land & Sea
    Some people say you should never mix seafood and cheese, but those people have obviously never been to Maremma: a unique area of Tuscany composed of seaside communities and big stretches of farm country. David visits an agriturismo that specializes in sheep's milk cheese and gets creative using it in the kitchen. Then it's on to the nearby seaside town of Porto Ercole where he heads out for a sailing expedition and experiments with recipes using cheese and fresh caught seafood.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Simone & Friends
    Like a lesser-known version of Chianti, Casentino is an area of Tuscany filled with wine makers, cheese makers and delicious meats. Simone Farcassi is a local butcher, whose award-winning prosciutto is a culinary treat, and he wants to show David all of the great culinary finds in his hometown.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Balsamico Di Modena
    The ancient town of Modena is known for many things: beautiful architecture, sports cars, Luciano Pavarotti, but any foodie will tell you, its most important export is balsamic vinegar. David meets with Angelo Giacobazzi, a fourth-generation producer of Aceto Balsamico di Modena. Together, they visit his cantina where the vinegar is aged for up to 35 years. This is truly "the good stuff" and David can't wait to use it in his cooking.
  • David Rocco's Dolce Vita: Wheat, Flour, Pasta
    At Villa Poggio Bartoli, the wheat harvest is a big deal. To this day, the threshing of the wheat is done the old-fashioned way using machinery from the 1920s, and the workers aren't so young themselves! David lends a hand in this time-honoured tradition, and learns the ins-and-outs of producing what is arguably one of the world's most important grains.