About Donna DeRosa


I am Donna

I’m the founder of the La Dolce Vita Lifestyle and author of The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking, which is available in bookstores all across the U.S.

This book came about because I’m a lover of all things Italian: the food, fashion, culture, wine, history, architecture, the landscape, and the people.

A few years ago, I left my fast-paced, high-stress job in search of something more. I learned to slow down, to enjoy healthy cooking, and to live life with passion and a sense of play.

I believe in making magical moments by adding a zest for life, an eye for beauty, and a feeling of connection to everything I do.


La Dolce Vita

On these pages you’ll find recipes, lifestyle tips, craft projects, sparkly and shiny things, and advice on the art of living well.

If you’re a lover of food, beauty, style, and most importantly the sweetness of life, I would love for you to join me on this journey.

Let’s live la dolce vita together.

I’m happy you’re here.

Donna xoxo


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I absolutely adored this program. It got me started on a whole new healthier lifestyle. I feel lighter and prettier than even. And my husband is pretty happy too! Thanks, Donna.

~ Body + Mind Detox


The Body Mind Detox was so much more than I expected. I thought it was a new diet program but it was so much more. I learned to take better care of myself and my family. I feel glamorous for the first time in a long time. I walking with a bounce in my step. Donna is like the girlfriend you wish you always had. She's so sincere and friendly. I’ve been a long time follower of her blog, and enjoy her cookbook too! 

~ Body + Mind Detox


I enjoyed this course. It reinvigorated my passion to blog and gave me strategies on how to monetize my site! Thanks Donna!

~ Make Money Blogging

Toni P.

It’s so nice to talk with someone who doesn’t judge you. Donna helped me find out what I really want out of life and map out a clear plan for making it happen. And it was totally painless. She’s the best.

~ Private Coaching


I love the easy suggestions to make each day better. It's always something simple to do (like buy a plant, take a bath or eat off your good dishes) and makes me feel like the special person I am. Thanks Donna!

~ La Dolce Vita Spring Training


Perhaps the greatest thing about The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking is that it’s like having a very knowledgeable but non-snooty friend introduce you to new ingredients, new recipes and a new way of thinking about cooking and eating. I can’t go to the Mediterranean any time soon, but my kitchen and dining room are sunnier now that I am cooking with Donna’s excellent book.

~ The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking


The course was fun to read every morning, with lots of great tips, advice, and beautiful ways to enjoy life. I really enjoyed getting to read and experiment!

~ La Dolce Vita Spring Training


I find that Donna really knows what she is talking about. I enjoy her blog immensely too. It's really nice to know she is professional and seems like quite a caring person.

~ La Dolce Vita Spring Training

Erin B.

La Vita E’ Bella. There are all kinds of wonderful Mediterranean Diet recipes in this book from all around the Mediterranean Sea, but this book is much more than just a cookbook! What I really appreciate is how the author incorporates the Mediterranean lifestyle into the Mediterranean Diet. She stresses the importance of taking the time to enjoy eating the meals with friends and family. She guides you through incorporating her delicious Mediterranean recipes and the Mediterranean way of life to improve your health and ultimately your happiness.

~ The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking


This book sets forth the Mediterranean diet in as an easy to follow manner with loads of luscious examples of healthy cooking. It is colorful, interesting and the recipes make you want to run to the store to try them tonight. It will get good use.

~ The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking

Deborah G.

I first learned about Donna DeRosa after doing an internet search on living la dolce vita which led me to her website. I can attest the recipes that she makes on her YouTube channel are simple and easy to prepare, as well as mouth watering. She definitely practices what she preaches. This cookbook offers more than just delicious recipes; it’s also is a great guidebook for living a Mediterranean lifestyle. The meal plans are a big plus whether you are interested in weight loss, heart health, or just wanting to eat more healthy.

~ The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking


The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking is a wonderful cross-cultural exploration of the tapestry of Mediterranean traditions brought forward from these heritages. I love that you can work with it incrementally, incorporating as you are ready, curious — not the restrictive, all-or-nothing approach that becomes unworkable over time. This is something you can be with, live with. Fresh, zestful, vibrant. Even if you are already familiar with Mediterranean cuisine, this worth exploring and keeping handy to your kitchen adventures.

~ The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking