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About Le Donne Cucina Italiana

Taste the authentic flavors of Italy at Le Donne Cucina Italiana! Voted best Italian restaurant in Palm Desert three years running by the Desert Sun and Palm Springs Life, Le Donne Cucina Italiana makes pastas fresh every day using old-world techniques. You'll love the sophisticated atmosphere and delicious, authentic Italian dishes.

72-624 El Paseo Ste C7
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Hwy 111 & El Paseo

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 773-9441

Website:
http://www.ledonnecucina.com/

Executive Chef:
Guillermo Cruz

Private Party Facilities:
Our party area can accommodate up to 50 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Manager: (760) 773-9441

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Le Donne Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

3.9

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (11)
Casual (7)
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Comfort Food (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Seasonal (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding home made pasta. Our favorite Italian restaurant!!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Food & excellent service - good value with newspaper coupon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 7 days ago

My dinner was excellent.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food is always excellent. A bit limited on the bar side. Great value. All the pasta dishes are home made ad paired with a big variety.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Always good, inside is a little noisy for old folks

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and service. Unusual recipes for an Italian restaurant with a substantial variety of food choices.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were visiting Palm Desert for the holiday weekend and wanted a quick bite. The atmosphere was casual. I liken this restaurant to a “Maria’s kitchen” , but not as good of food. It was fine, the service was friendly, but I probably wouldn’t go back. If you don’t mind an older crowd and mediocre Italian food, then this is the place for you

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This small Italian restaurant features homemade pasta that can compete with any Los Angeles or
New York neighborhood restaurant.
Pastas (and there are a lot of choices!) are out of this world. Service excellent And you can hear your groups entire conversation. Thank you for an amazing pre -Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll be back!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Lovely neighborhood spot with an enormous menu. Meal starts with delicious garlicky bruchetta. Eggplant parm was a little mushy. Great homemade pastas. Eggplant sausage and shrimp with truffle oil were delicious. Nice salads and minestrone soup was great. Good service. Indoor seating is a little crowded. Front room more stuffy than the back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Was visiting Palm Desert and friends took us there. Liked it so much returned with family two more times. That made 3 times in 5 days! Liked it VERY MUCH.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was very good! Complimentary piece of bruschetta that was delishious. Had an appetizer of scallops on garlic spinach, also very tasty. And for our entre we both had chicken piccata. Again really tasty. Not a bite left on the plate. Enjoyed it and will be going back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful selections for appetizers and entree's. All pasta made in-house, had cheese tortellini with Alf sauce with fresh ham & peas..... excellent taste & portions.
Homemade carrot cake to die for!!
Can't wait for my next trip.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Veal Marsala was exceptional!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic service and Italian dishes I have never seen on another menu. Really great place with a fun vibe and service. We will definately be back the next time we are in the area.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Fantastic food! Very authentic Italian!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food is consistently good. Service is fine and atmosphere is nice.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Okay good, service okay, noisey inside
Nothing fancy but okay

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 24, 2017

always consistent, food very good. varied menu. It's a big hit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

LeDonne is our favorite Italian restaurant in the Desert

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food , as always, was terrific! Very crowded and noisy, but well worth the price.They are closing soon and some menu items were not available. However, you can't beat the food anywhere in the valley. The Piccata was just sensational as was the chopped salad and caprice. All in all a great evening!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Thank you for delicious home made pasta. We all ordered something different and we were all pleased.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great food If what you want is on the menu... just ask. They will accommodate most most of your requests or substitutes

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We had a coupon that needed to be used since the restaurant closes for the summer so we went on the day before the closing. My wife had one of the salads with shrimp & I had the wedge salad and the special, veal medallions in a cream & onion sauce. I had a small serving of fettuccine with marinara as the side.

We have eaten here 8-10 times & the special I had was the best dish I've had at Le Donne. I have eaten pasta in Italy but I have never had pasta as good as they make in this small, unassuming neighborhood trattoria. The combination of the succulent veal and the al dente pasta was a superior meal.

We are big fans of this place & will be back soon after they open in September.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was lukewarm.... Sauce was not italian-like at all. Place is dim and outdated

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Friendly staff. Excellent food. Off the beaten path.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 9, 2017

When dessert was served and my wife ordered ice cream the owner brought a half filled dish and explained that she was scraping the bottom to give her what she offered her
Totally unacceptable and inappropriate

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Average food, large portions, decent wine, average service. We had no problem running up a bill that was larger than anticipated.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Try the carrot cake for dessert. Best in the desert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant for almost 20 years and the food has always been authentic Italian. The food is the best in the Valley. The service is excellent. You may feel a little crowded but that's part of it's charm.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Food was very good and wine prices were not marked way up

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Le Donne,
One of our favorite restaurants, afore the owner & all her employees.
Best wishes always,
Lilo Cooper

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 18, 2017

I love their Veal Milanese. My wife loved the chicken cacciatore . The sautéed
spinach is great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Mother's Day dinner

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 9, 2017

My husband and I love this place. We took 2 of our friends with us and they love it there too. Always a good experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

When you get tired of the high-end, pricey restaurants on El Paseo, go here and have a wonderful Italian meal.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 26, 2017

The service was very slow The food when it came was warm. I have been there many times before and this was first time I was dissatisfied.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 25, 2017

We went on a Tuesday night to celebrate a special birthday, and the place was completely full. It was our first visit, and I selected the restaurant because of its outstanding reviews.
We started out on an unfortunate note. I ordered a split of champagne to mark the special occasion, but the server returned to say that the house was completely out of either sparkling wine that was on the menu.
Next, I think we ordered the wrong menu items. My friend selected penne pasta a la vodka with shrimp, and the sauce -- rather than being rich and tasty as it should be -- was thin and unimpressive. Even adding salt did not help.
I ordered the special for the evening, veal medallions in a cream sauce. The serving was generous, particularly with the pasta and spinach on the side. But again, the sauce was lackluster.
The highpoint of our visit was the service. Our server was attentive and very pleasant. And I must add that the prices were very fair.
Because of the many positive reviews from other diners, we may try Le Donne Cucina again. But we will not be rushing back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 24, 2017

We have been going here for years and never had bad service or a bad meal. Monday night was much different. The service was very slow. Had to ask more than three times for items to be brought to the table. The food took a long time to arrive at the table once we place the order. The food was mediocre with the pasta overdone. Reservations were at 6:30pm, did not leave until almost 9:00pm.

Hopefully this was a one time occurrence and will give it another chance.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Absolutely tremendous dinner. Hearty portions, wonderful staff, friendly owner. Must try the carrot cake - made fresh daily in their kitchen.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We just keep coming back the staff and the food have both been good

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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