David Rocco, star and producer of David Rocco's La Dolce Vita which takes place in Florence, Italy, airs Tuesday nights on The Food Network.
Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?
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A: It is Sunday lunch. A meal that we all looked forward to as it meant that extra dish or two which usually lasted several hours. It also meant eating with extended family — aunts, uncles and cousins.
Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?
A:Definitely espresso just being made. While my dad and I watched the soccer matches we would drink espresso. Even today walking by an espresso bar in Italy takes me back to my childhood.
Q: What is your favourite food to cook?
A: Any pasta dish! My favourite food to eat would be penne with fresh tomato and basil sauce.
Q: What kitchen gadget can't you live without?
A: Good knives and large, thick cutting boards.
Q: What ritual from your background do you partake in?
A:If I'm in town during the fall, I love to participate in jarring peeled tomatoes. It's fun spending a Sunday afternoon with a group making sauce.
David Rocco's Salsicca con Cime di Rape