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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

3.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Authentic (17)
Casual (15)
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Comfort Food (14)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Cozy (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Special Occasion (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (2)
Romantic (2)
People Watching (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vegan (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

The brown bolognese sauce was the best we have ever tasted! The homemade papardelle pasta was cooked perfectly, al dente. Really enjoyed the food and service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was of a very high order. Better than ever! Looking forward to going back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good. Homemade papparedel with bolonaise was a big hit. So was the homemade tortellini with a light cream sauce. Prosciutto and melon was also good. Wine list left much to be desired and the red we ordered wasn’t very good. This is a very good place for homemade Italian food without the frills.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been to Donne Cuchina before and we usually go when the canneloni is on the menu. We made a reservation and it was quite busy when we arrived, so it took a while to be seated. We ordered canneloni with spinach, and pasta carbonara, and the food was good, however the canneloni was not as hot as usual. The server also did not bring bread , so I am not sure if this was a miss, or the restaurant has changed it's practice. It was not overly warm that day so the wine which is at room temperature was better than when it is hot. We may try a different Italian place if we can get a recommendation on good canneloni.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner. Great waitresses despite busy night.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. Waiting area, or lack therof, was very uncomfortable. Food must have been microwaved as it came out in 10 minutes. Was tasteless.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 6 days ago

Maybe it was just off because it was Valentine's Day.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 7 days ago

This is the second time we have come here. We made a special trip just for the gnocchi and were not disappointed! Excellent food, great service. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

This restaurant NEVER disappoints! Best veal dishes especially veal Marsala with a choice of either pasta or spinach...outstanding! Deserts are homemade and outstanding!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The service was slow and they seemed very confused. The food was all under seasoned and just OK. We had to send our mussels back because they had absolutely no flavor at all. I would not go back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Firstly the service was outstanding. Not only was our server excellent, but there were others who were checking on us and helping as well. They were helpful about menu choices (there are a lot) and allowed my fiancé to create an entree out of two separate choices, and both were excellent. We both loved the homemade pasta. It was lively that night as a group was having an event, and while we were not bothered by it, the staff was careful to keep asking. If/when I’m back in the area, I’d definitely go again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food and service. Homemade pasta was a treat. We had carbonara and fettuccine al pesto genovese and lived them equally.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food, great atmosphere!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great place, only problem is that they have jammed too many tables together so there is no room to stand up or move at all. Need to reduce number of inside tables a bit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Although this restaurant received mostly high-praise, we found it "fair to middling." Friday evening @ 7:15 jam packed. Seated quickly. The fresh tomatoes atop the bruschetta left the toasted bread soggy. Cooked spinach excellent, chopped salad adequate (small portion). Pasta said to be the main event. Linguini with shrimp and button mushrooms was very flavorful; shrimp were medium-sized ($17.95). Linguini with clams and mussels in white sauce was only fair ($18.95). The sauce lacked sufficient shellfish flavor. The linguini was properly cooked. Cabernet sauv by the glass lacked any depth/complexity. Although we were at tail-end of ''the crush'', 40+ elapsed before we got our entrees. I do believe there is better to be had locally for Italian food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was very good, except for one dish where the pasta was dry. Otherwise everything was delicious and delivered promptly by efficient, friendly staff. We were a party of 8 and they were ready for us when we arrived. Would definitely come back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Good food at a reasonable price. Menu was very good. Service could have been a little more attentive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Each time I go I try something new. Everything has been wonderful.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food, great service, great value

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Truly a great dinning experience, and the food is fresh and delicious! You can tell the pasta is made fresh daily! Amazing

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always consistent food and service! My favorite restaurant in the Palm Desert area.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our favorite Italian restaurant in the desert!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We called to say our Uber was a little late, that we would be 5 minutes late. They?said "thank you for letting us know. See you soon." They gave our table away and put our party of 6 at a table for 4. Wish we had gone elsewhere. The service was awful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The best selection of pastas in the Valley large portions. Friendly service and family atmosphere

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The waitress messed up our order several times. Our friends ordered a bottle of wine. She brought a glass. She never brought a wine bucket. She didn’t bring the bread ever. Not that we needed it, but she didn’t bring it at all. My husband ordered a Diet Coke. She never told him the restaurant doesn’t have Coke products but Pepsi products. We can tell the difference between Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke. When giving us our dinner, she gave us the wrong meals. She just does not listen well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent food, I highly recommend going to this Italian gym. Reservations are a good idea.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 7, 2017

Great Food & excellent service - good value with newspaper coupon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 6, 2017

My dinner was excellent.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 5, 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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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Always good, inside is a little noisy for old folks

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 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 24, 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 22, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 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 21, 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 17, 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 10, 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 8, 2017

Veal Marsala was exceptional!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 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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