“I’m not a chef. I’m Italian.” A self-proclaimed non-chef, David Rocco credits his love for simple and delicious cooking to his Italian heritage.
“I’m not a chef. I’m Italian.” A self-proclaimed non-chef, David Rocco credits his love for simple and delicious cooking to his Italian heritage. Born in Toronto, the Canadian-Italian was the youngest of three children to Neapolitan parents. His appreciation for food started in his mother’s kitchen when he was a little boy and it has never left him.
During his school years, David took up acting and modeling, which allowed him to travel internationally while earning his degree in economics at York University. Upon graduation, he was drawn back to his love of the kitchen and ‘La Madonnina’ was born. Owned and managed by the Roccos, the pizza / pasta / wine bar was a success, serving up casual, authentic Italian dishes. After 2 years of the restaurant business, David and his wife, Nina, decided to change course by amalgamating their love of food with acting.
The result was ‘Avventura: Journeys in Italian Cuisine’, a 26-episode travel and cooking extravaganza which took David all around Italy. Fluent in Italian and English, David’s charm transcended cultural differences and the show became and international hit. Currently, it is aired in 6 different languages and in 40 countries worldwide. The success of the show led to David’s cookbook by the same name, published by Bay Books in 2001.
Since then, David Rocco has been busy producing and starring in his new show ‘David Rocco’s Dolce Vita’ which finds him living it up in Florence, taking in the all the cultural and culinary flair that the Italian city has to offer.
David Rocco lives with his wife, Nina, between Florence and Toronto.
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