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Fourth Season of David Rocco’s Dolce Vita Premieres in 2 weeks

pictures from the 4th season of david rocco\'s dolce vita

As a fan, I am happy to tell you that a new season of David Rocco’s Dolce Vita will premiere September 14th, 2009. The show will air each Monday on Food Network Canada at 8 am, 11:30 am and 7:30 pm.

For the first episode, David throws a fall festa at his farmhouse for friends and neighbours. The recipes for the first two episodes of season 4 are already online if you wish to try them before watching the show.

This time, David will visit Italy with his wife Nina and their cute baby twins. The show has a new show opener that I feel reflect his family life. You can watch the show opener on David Rocco‘s Web site. You can compare it to the 3rd season show opener.


Try Brown Dinnerware this Valentine

brown dinnerware for valentine\'s day dinner

Even more than red for me, chocolate is the most associate word to Valentine’s Day. That is how I got the idea to set up a brown tablescape. And I forced myself to find beautiful brown dinnerware.

Traditional look

I want to find something that is stylish and will make a statement. The traditional hand-painted Ludovica dinnerware is an exclusivity of Horchow. The style testifies the Italian charms. The beauty of the set is enhanced by the Italian pewter chargers.

The Bavaria model from the Italian brand MEPRA is a classic flatware with just the right amount of decorative elements. If you prefer something a little bit more ornate, the Medici Flatware displayed on the Ludovica saucer looks amazing. The cylindrical, beautifully detailed pewter handles make a statement.

Contemporary look

Since I selected recipes by David Rocca, a more hip dinnerware set seems right. The Cocoa Blossom by Mikasa has all the qualities I was looking for. The color scheme appeals to men. The lush blooms feel young yet refined. And I like the variations in the patterns between the various plates, bowls and serve ware.

The unique handles shaped like freshly cut stems of Frond by Nambé complements the concept behind Cocoa Blossom.

Slide a place card into the grooves on top of these Indian style napkin holders for a clever stylish flair. Waterford kept the ornamentation simple enough so you can dress up any modern, casual dinnerware set with these napkin holders / placecard holders.

Chocolate recipes for Valentine’s Day

It is fashionable to cook an entire meal with chocolate. Although, I think it would be a chocolate overload. So what I suggest is to serve chocolate at the start and the end of the meal. And swing other flavors for the entrée.

I suggested two recipes from the adorable David Rocca because his recipes are easy to prepare and delicious. If you never try meat with chocolate before, serve Spezzatino Di Manzo Al Cioccolato as a warm appetizer. The Chocolate Eggplant is supposed to be a classic snack in Italy. Kids go nuts about it. If you want to be less adventurous, simply make homemade crepes topped with Nutella.

Buy online: Ludovica Dinnerware at Horchow – price: $629.90 USD for 16-piece service
Buy online: Arte Italica Pewter Chargers at Horchow – price: $220 USD
Buy online: Bavaria flatware by MEPRA
Buy online: Medici Flatware at Horchow – price: $150 USD for 5-piece place setting
Buy online: Mikasa Cocoa Blossom Dinnerware Collection at Macy’ s – on sale: $42.95 USD for 5-piece place setting
Buy online: Nambé Frond flatware at Macy’ s – price: $55 USD for 5-piece place setting
Buy online: Michael Aram for Waterford Jaipur Napkin Rings/Place Holders at Macy’ s – price: $80 USD for a set of 5


End of summer picnic menu

Insalate Di Roso by David Rocco

Who says you must eat sandwiches at a picnic? You can bring a lot more imaginative menu.

To celebrate the last days of warm weather, I gathered for you a sample of easy and quick Italian recipes to do on the spot. Most of these recipes are from David Rocco except for the soup.

I suggest you bring a portable stove or barbecue to cook the main course. You can prepare the rest in advance. I find it relaxing to casually cook in good company. I selected these recipes because they do not require a lot of ingredients and they are easy to prepare at a picnic.

The first course

I start with a cold Honeydew melon soup. This is tasty. But you cannot really call this a recipe. The best way to carry this cold soup is in a Thermos. I want to thank my friend Kat for serving this refreshing soup at the cottage this summer.

Ingredients for the Honeydew soup:
1 Honeydew melon, cut in pieces
Garnish with: small dices of prosciutto, sour crème and cut fresh mint leaves

Break down the melon pieces in a food processor. If you want a smoother texture, you can refine it in the blender. At this point, there is no need to pass the final product through a colander. Garnish with prosciutto small dices, a drop of sour crème and some fresh mint.

Spaghetti Alla Caprese by David Rocco

The main course

Since these recipes need almost no cooking, prepare the course meal at the picnic. Choose between the Insalate Di Riso, Insalata Di Pasta Con Tonno or Spaghetti Alla Caprese.

Insalate Di Roso is made of rice, three types of cheese, tomatoes, olives, capers and anchovies. Insalata Di Pasta Con Tonno is cherry tomatoes, arugula, bocconcini, basil leaves salad with pan seared tuna. Make sure you keep the tuna cold until you sear it.

Spaghetti Alla Caprese only requires you to cook the spaghetti. There is no cooking for the sauce. The sauce is more like a salad. You mix tomatoes and mozzarella in a large bowl. Add the best available extra virgin olive oil, oregano, salt and basil leaves to complete the sauce. When the spaghetti is ready, add it to the bowl with approximately 1/2 cup of pasta water. Mix well and serve immediately.

Chocolate Eggplant by David Rocco

The dessert

You can do the dessert at home. Chocolate Eggplant with almond tasted good and it is simple to carry around. With a menu like that, you will have the time in the world to enjoy your picnic.

Recipe: Insalate Di Roso by David Rocco published on
Recipe: Insalata Di Pasta Con Tonno by David Rocco published on
Recipe: Spaghetti Alla Caprese by David Rocco published on
Recipe: Chocolate Eggplant by David Rocco published on


David Rocco’s Dolce Vitae soundtrack hits the stores June 12th, 2007

DRVD soundtrack

Fans of this cute Canadian-Italian male will be pleased to learn that a David Rocco’s Dolce Vitae CD will be available in stores across Canada June 12th, 2007. If you get the deluxe CD, you get is over 50 pages of photos from the TV series, 17 track hits and selected featured recipes. The standard CD includes 17 track hits.

If you love good food and traveling, you are missing something worthwhile if you did not watch David Rocco’s culinary adventures in Florence and Sicily. The reruns of season 2 are currently playing on Food TV Canada if you want to catch on.

I am a fan of David Rocco; he is so adorable on camera. Like I said on a previous post, his show is different from the typical cooking shows. David Rocco and his wife Nina produced the show in a more entertaining format. We get lots of awesome scenery videos on top of recipes. David Rocco’s Dolce Vitae TV series celebrates the Italian way of enjoying life.

There are several projects going out with David Rocco. Before the CD hits the stores, the launch of his revamped personal website will take place on June 4th, 2007. A cooking book is also in the making. I saw on that the book is scheduled to be out by February 2008. I can not wait!

+ David Rocco’s Dolce Vita Soundtrack – $17.99 CAD for the standard CD
+ Web site of David Rocco
+ TV schedule of David Rocco’s Dolce Vitae TV series on