Rocco Tripaldi

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Hello. My name is Rocco Tripaldi and I work for Automattic helping to make Jetpack awesome. I launched this website in May, 2013 as a place to store my family recipes, and to showcase some of my favorite software projects that I’ve worked on.

In addition to cooking up food and computer code, I also enjoy:

  • my lovely wife is an actress and playwright
  •  I got a BA in Graphic Communications
  •  I’v been playing since 1992, and I need to do it more!
  • Disc Golf, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Cat Petting

BruteProtect + Jetpack

I'm thrilled to report that, at the end of August 2014, Automattic acquired BruteProtect, a WordPress plugin that I'd been working on for the past 2 years or so. As part of the aquisition, founder Sam Hotchkiss, and the rest of the team were welcomed into the company behind WordPress! We will join the Jetpack team to integrate our brute force protection and help out with some other big changes. I'm so excited.

Listening to: My starred playlist on Spotify




Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted website with the best features from I started with this lovely team in August 2014 to help integrate some brute force protection and build some cool new features.

<span> paintings

These bizarre paintings are from the mind of Chris Sullivan, an artist who works in Portland, Maine. Blending HTML code and art was pretty time consuming for Chris. I made his life a bit easier by building an online tool that auto-generates the HTML.


BruteProtect is a WordPress plugin that offers protection against brute force attacks. I signed on as a contributor to this plugin in May 2013. In the spring of 2014, we launched a premium version of the plugin, which can be found at In August 2014, we were acquired by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.


Valuate is an art project by Chris Sullivan, an artist who works in Portland, Maine. The project has an online presence, which allows the public at large to collaborate. We are currently looking for a gallery to show Valuate.

Flight of Phrase

Flight of Phrase is my first jQuery plugin published on June 16, 2013. Use the links below to learn more. Approximate download count: 675.



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← Return to Italy.

Pappa al Pomodoro

Serves 4

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My wife bought me a cookbook by a chef named David Rocco because his last name is my first name. And boy, am I glad she did. There are a lot of amazing recipes in there and he has taught us the secrets of fresh, simple Italian cooking. His website is a great place to start if you are ready to learn more about authentic Italian cuisine. Here is a great soup to make for meatless Mondays.



  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1 large stalk of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 loaf of Tuscan style bread (sometimes called Rustic Italian)
  • 2 - 3 cups of vegetable stock (homemade or store-bought))
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 28 oz cans of plum tomatos
  • A handful of fresh basil
  1. Heat a large pot to medium hot.
  2. Finely chop the celery, carrots, and onion. Chop the bread into small cubes.
  3. Add 2/3 cups of olive oil to the pan. Add the veggies and season with salt and pepper. Stir frequently for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the bread the veggies and stir to coat. Cook for a few minutes stirring frequently.
  5. Add two cups of the stock, and mash up the bread. I like to use the back of a slotted spoon. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the tomatos and stir well. If you are using a whole plum tomatos, mash them up into smaller bits. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Taste the soup. Add more salt and pepper if necessary. Use the remaining stock to thin the soup to your preferred consistency. Shred up the basil leaves and add to the pot. Add the remain 1/3 cup of olive oil. Stir and serve!