Mamma Gina Ristorante
Mamma Gina Ristorante

Mamma Gina Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mammagina.com/
  • Phone: (760) 568-9898
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Piero Pierattoni
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Wine room up to 16 people
    Private dining room up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Alex 7605689898x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Luis Rey
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self-parking on El Paseo along with valet parking; self-parking in the back lot
A word from Mamma Gina Ristorante
The only truly authentic Florentine restaurant in the Desert. Piero Pierattoni was born and raised in Florence, Italy were the original restaurant has been operating since 1956.

The El Paseo location has been a landmark in the valley since 1986. Classic yet current in our selections and presentation Ristorante Mamma Gina will not disappoint you.
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Mamma Gina Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (17)fit for foodies (14)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (11)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (7)good for groups (6)hot spot (4)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Dinner and Conversation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    This was a wonderful place to have good food, good wine and good conversation. The staff was courteous, and provided recommendations or suggestions when asked. We will return
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost like being in Italy!
    Lucky1VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Homemade pasta was outstanding. Fish cooked to perfection. Wonderful breads! Service was attentive. We sat near a window which was quieter than in the main dining area and great fir people watching along El Paseo. Would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food!
    Foodsnob
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Love the idea of 1/2 pastas for apps followed by delicious salads!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    LCOPE
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Very enjoyable evening. Good food and service. Would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SillySueVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent dinner and service. Spaghetti carbonara was amazing, and so was the veal picatta and ravioli. Compliments to the chef! And to the pastry chef - the Napoleon pastry was fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fake!
    Marilyn
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Service is somehow weird and food is totally stale. The restaurant is fully booked so I can't get around affirming that Mamma Gina's guests don't have any idea of what Italian cuisine should look like.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is one of our favorited, when we are in Palm Springs. Great wine list and food is exceptional, real Italian! That's saying something coming from an Italian, that likes his home good meals! We go back every time we come to PSP.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was really not very good. We were very surprised and disappointed .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Desert Restaurant
    funnylady
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We live in Los Angeles but come to Palm Springs several times a year. When we do, we ALWAYS come to Mamma Gina for dinner. There is nothing on the menu that isn't delicious. My favorite dish is the filet mignon but try everything, including the best cup of coffee I've ever had! Everyone who works here is fabulous, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    savvydiner
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We've been going here for years, and have tried many items on the menu. The food is consistently outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1Fridaynightout
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Service was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food.
    FoodyiamVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Restaurant is located on El Paseo in the middle of a shopping district. I was pleasantly surprised when we saw the menu and it wasn't just another strip mall chain restaurant. Wine list was very good and the food was terrific. Food was served very quickly and the wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why Mamma Gina's?
    Lulu1VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My husband and I ate at Mamma Gina's recently and I was very disappointed in the food, especially anticipating a great meal, due to it's location. However, my Fettucine Bolognese had no flavor and the pasta was pastey. The bread was just 'ok.' The service was very good and the ambience also very nice. Unfortunately, when I eat at an Italian restaurant, it's the food that's important. The menu doesn't have meatballs on it, either. First time I was in an Italian restaurant and they weren't at least on the 'side dishes,' selection. Even my dessert, which was coffee ice cream was very bland. I guess it still is true...location, location, location.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good enough Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Italian restaurants are all over. This one is just one of the mediocre ones. The service was great and they went out of their way to please a member of our party with a severe food allergy. We really predicated that. The food however, was just okay.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    JJay
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It's so nice to go to a restaurant where you truly feel the staff appreciates your business. The service is attentive and someone came by a few times to inquire about the meal and to say thank you fr coming.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we went back
    DavethedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had not been to mama ginas in several years and it was a treat to go back - great food and great service - better than I remember from several years ago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Palm Desert Restaurant
    NoelCVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Restaurant very noisy with many loud women who had consumed too much alcohol.Food choices are unchanged over the years and the Hispanic cooks put too much garlic as per Mexico
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It doesn't get any better!
    realfussyfolksVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have been dining and Mamma Gina's for over 20 years. If you like great Italian food, this is the place. Start with a Insalada Momma Gina or Craprese or one of their fine appetizers. I had the Branzino Livornese which was outstanding. The veal chop is one of the best! All pastas are fantastic including the Cannelloni and Spaghetti Bolognese. In all the years, have never had a bad meal or bad service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Mamma Gina Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Doesnt Add Up
    DbrookmaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I am not sure why the desert restaurants do not gear up for big weekends in the summer. The food was great, however the service was beyond bad. They were understaffed and this seems to be a common theme for the desert out of season.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Could not believe that an Italian restaurant served mashed potatoes with every one of the fish entrees! The waiter would not substitute for a pasta or risotto. The menu did not offer anything exciting. Not the restaurant is used to be.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian All the Way
    Mangia
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This is always one of our stops anytime we're in the Palm Springs area, true Italian cuisine. For dessert, the crème brûlée is a must. If you bring your own wine, be aware, the corkage is $25/bottle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DoccVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    A little disappointed with the Frutti de Mare dish, just too many shell fish.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • South Palm Desert’s best
    phsmith
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My wife and I live in South Palm Desert, and Mamma Gina’s is where we take our out-of-town guests. The service and food are excellence. For dessert, try the cappuccino ice cream. It is to die for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We go there to see the professional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/19/2009
    We go there to see the professional tennis players every year. They love the restaurant and so do we, but mainly, because they are there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful restaurant, good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/15/2009
    Wonderful restaurant, good food, pleasant staff. Great ambiance and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food and absolutely
    Irishman
    Dined on 3/6/2009
    Fantastic food and absolutely outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good value. We had the
    albieVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2009
    Very good value. We had the $19.95 early bird which was certainly the bargain of the year. Excellent filet mignon. I don't know how they can do it for that price, but I hope they continue it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We come to Palm Desert for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2009
    We come to Palm Desert for a week every winter and always have one night out w/o our young daughter and Mamma Gina has become our restaurant of choice. Terrific food, lovely service (a little off on this trip but not so in the past) and just an overall very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The poor dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2009
    The poor dining experience was due to poor service - we had to ask for someone to take our order and that seemed to set the waiter against giving us acceptable service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place! We usually go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/24/2009
    Great Place! We usually go to Castelli's.....but now will fit Mama Gina's into our schedule. Wonderful Maitre'D.....not only handsome, but very accommodating..... his grey fox look really adds to the romance and ambiance of Mama Gina's! Thanks we had a wonderful evening, then off to Johnny Mathis at the McCallum.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Petio was wonderful and friendly.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2009
    Petio was wonderful and friendly. A wonderful asset to the restaurant on top of great food and service, atomosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Probably one of the only restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/26/2008
    Probably one of the only restaurants in the Palm Springs area that is not a chain. Food better than good, really good, nice atmosphere and great front maitre d......a small gem in this desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • there old menu was better
    GourmetVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2008
    there old menu was better but still good if you're in Rancho Mirage!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WE HAVE BEEN DINING AT MAMMA
    lilo42VIP
    Dined on 12/16/2008
    WE HAVE BEEN DINING AT MAMMA GINA'S FOR 25 YRS...AND LOVE IT AS MUCH TODAY AS THEN. HAT'S OFF TO PIERO, JAKE & THE ENTIRE STAFF! WE LOVE THIS RESTAURANT
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • FANTASTIC! Very authentic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/12/2008
    FANTASTIC! Very authentic, will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food and service was just
    Travelbug
    Dined on 12/10/2008
    The food and service was just "fair" with all of the good restaurants in the area, I would skip this one. We visit the area once a year and we will not be back to this place. If you do go, make sure you skip the salad with the poached pear...horrible.
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  • Very good food and service,
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2008
    Very good food and service, though some of the dishes were a bit pricey, given today's economy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A suberb dining experience.
    SkipVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2008
    A suberb dining experience. Love the location and the environment, will be returning on my next trip tp Palm Springs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top ratings all around. Service
    AandAVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2008
    Top ratings all around. Service is excellent. Emanual is the best waiter in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old world Italian spoken here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2008
    Old world Italian spoken here! A lot of these waiters have been there since they opened. The food is great, a sense of the way dining was when Bob Hope and the other Palm Springs notables went out and about. The dessert cart is fabulous so save room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet