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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Palm Springs / Palm Desert? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Johnny Costa's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2073)
$31 to $50
Italian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
From the classic Italian music to the candlelit tables, the nostalgic atmosphere at Johnny Costa’s Ristorante feels like traveling back to midcentury times. It’s no wonder Frank Sinatra was once a regular at this fine Italian restaurant, which has been honored by Palm Springs Life as best Italian restaurant for 10 consecutive years. The Costa family continues the legacy of late chef-owner Johnny Costa, who was pals with Sinatra when he moved to Hollywood from New York in the 1960s, and a decade later served as the singer’s personal chef at his desert home. Costa’s pedigree lives on in his legendary recipes, including his classic cioppino. Open for dinner at 5 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday
Top review
raymondo
Dined 1 day ago
We were celebrating a 60th Birthday everything was perfect the staff very friendly, great service and great food! Always a pleasure to dine there!!!
A photo of Piero's Pizzavino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1652)
$30 and under
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Four Key Ingredients for PizzaVino's true authentic Neapolitan Pizza--it's all about balance. The Oven, San Marzano tomatoes, Fior di Latte Mozzarella & Doppio Zero Flour. We are more than just pizza at Our Comfortable Home away from Home Restaurant. We offer Fresh Locally Grown, Organic Fruits & Vegetables, Fresh Seafood, Quality Cuts of Meat, Salads with our homemade dressings, as well as Desserts like Your Mom use to or still does make! We are OPEN LATER than Most!

Buon Appetito

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
In town for a business conference. 2 other couples and ourselves booked a 6-top. We arrived 30 minutes early(Uber issues) but were seated quickly. Service staff was beyond amazing, to the point where we “jokingly” asked the waitress if she’d come for work us. Food was amazing. Ordered multiple apps, pizzas & entrees to share as a table. Staff brought us extra plates so we could pass items around, boxed all our leftovers for us and didn’t hesitate to assist in splitting the bill 3-ways. 10 out of 10 would recommend.
A photo of Ristorante Mamma Gina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1542)
$31 to $50
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Now Open for a Wonderful Indoor & Outdoor Dining Experience!
For over 34 years, Ristorante Mamma Gina has been serving truly authentic Tuscan dishes to the Palm Desert community.
Our family grew up in Florence, and we love sharing the delicious flavors and traditional recipes that have been passed down through the generations.
It's a real passion for us -- giving our best and showing total devotion to our customers is just what we do. We consider every member of our team and every person who walks in our doors as a part of the family. With a welcoming atmosphere and meals that are sure to delight, we'll make you feel as if you've stepped into Florence.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great experience. It’s a family favorite so much so we drive over 90 miles from Murrieta, CA.
A photo of Castelli's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4393)
$31 to $50
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Named by Zagat Survey America’s 1,000 top Italian restaurants. Enter the doors of Castelli’s and you’ll believe you have just stepped into a small bistro in romantic Tuscany.

No baseball hats, no tank tops and no flip flops.
Womens designer hats are allowed.


* As of Jan 31, 2023, Castelli's is no longer accepting the $25.00 Hanson's Garage Door Gift Certificates.
**The promotion has expired**

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Three of us ( been many times over the years) I had the seafood pasta , others veal and chicken piccata salads to start. Food was prepared just right and flavorful! My only thought was was where we were seated near pass though for guest and wait staff at 5:15 res restaurant not yet close to busy . Lots of people passing by etc. service was excellent! Would have been nice to be away from traffic at 5:15 ( not a busy time)
A photo of Palmina by Puglia restaurant
4.4
4.4 (31)
$31 to $50
Italian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
PALMINA BY PUGLIA ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Best Pizzeria Napoletana at Italian Pizza EXPO 2023

When it comes to food, Puglia is celebrated for its simple yet delicious cuisine. It is known for its excellent olive oil production,
with many olive groves dotting the landscape.

At Palmina we make everything from scratch every morning following our tradicional recipes, to give you the opportunity to explore the real italian experience.

The region's cuisine features abundant fresh seafood, often prepared in traditional Mediterranean styles. Puglia is also famous for its bread, including the iconic Altamura bread, and its pasta varieties and dishes like Braciola. Other culinary highlights include local cheeses, vegetables, and wines, such as the robust red wines made from the Primitivo grape.

Grazie

Top review
ThomasAvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great Italian food . Owner is from Pulia region and sources many ingredients direct from Italy. Best Naples style pizza around
A photo of Le Donne Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1052)
$30 and under
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
Bigpippinvip
Dined 5 days ago
We have been eating at Le Donne for years. It is uniformly excellent. Should be on everyones list.
A photo of Sammy G's Tuscan Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3558)
$30 and under
Italian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs and near some of the city’s most quaint shops and hotels.

Established in 2009, Sammy G’s has is open seasonally for Sammy's weekend Brunch and lunch with an innovative menu, blending traditional Italian with California cuisine. Take a break from shopping and dine al fresco for lunch on the newly renovated patio and soak up the gorgeous desert weather, or venture inside and be transported to Tuscany with the restaurant’s rustic charm.

Dinner becomes a casual yet elegant event, and traditional Italian favorites mixed with updated classics are on the menu. A semi-private room is available for family gatherings or business events.

On Thursday through Saturday nights, the Sammy G’s Lounge becomes an energetic yet intimate place to meet up with friends and dance the night away to live music and enjoy Sammy G’s signature cocktails.

Top review
RobA
Dined 5 days ago
Service and food were excellent. Server made some nice suggestions and was accommodating with a few special meal requests.
A photo of Trilussa Ristorante restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3077)
$30 and under
Italian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Trilussa serves traditional Italian cuisine in an intimate and family atmosphere. They serve great Italian seafood, steaks, pizza and pasta dishes with elegance and a smile. Front door parking to the restaurant available. Gluten-free pasta available. Live Music.

Happy Hour reservations not available.
Table requests are not guaranteed.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
This a great place to eat. We come to Palm Springs several times a year to go to the Coachella Repertory Company. We usually eat at Trilussja as it is very convenient to the theater. The restaurant’s offerings are consistently delicious. The portions are generous enough without overstuffing. Their sunset menu is reasonable with a good variety of choices. The service is excellent. At the end of every meal, a complimentary amaretto and biscotti is served b
A photo of Mimmo's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1940)
$30 and under
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
We are open! Come and join us and check out our beautiful new bar and dining area.
The foundation of good Italian cooking is the freshest of ingredients prepared with simplicity, bringing together flavors so no one ingredient overpowers another. Mimmo’s Italian roots begin in his hometown of Bagheria, Sicily. The fresh fruits and vegetables picked from his family’s farm were on the table, or tavola, that night. Our logo of the lemon and lemon flower, or zagara, is a symbol of Sicily’s rich history of growing and exporting lemons, and a reminder of Mimmo’s many memories of lemon picking in his grandfather’s groves. APRIL 30TH 2012 WAS OUR OPENING DAY.
OUR HOURS ARE: MONDAY THRU SATURDAY FROM 5PM. HAPPY HOUR IS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 5PM TO CLOSE, AT THE BAR COUNTER. WE WILL BE CLOSED THE MONTH OF AUGUST
VALET PARKING IN FRONT OF MIMMO'S


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food was outstanding. Service was perfect, except a forgotten soup.
A photo of Kiki's La Quinta restaurant
4.5
4.5 (308)
$31 to $50
Italian
Indian Wells
About the restaurant
Our restaurant prides its self in excellent food, wine, cocktails & experiences! Our Michelin trained chef has curated an amazing menu of modern Italian food, using quality ingredients you simply can't find in the valley!
We can not wait to welcome you into our version of a New York Italian restaurant, brought to you from native New Yorker Italians!

Top review
JonCvip
Dined 3 days ago
My only hesitation to give 5 stars is that I’m afraid to let too many people know how amazing we have a place like this in the desert, as I’ll never be able to get a reservation. I’ve lived in Italy for a good part of my life and Kiki’s is the real deal . In a sea of mediocrity here in the valley , Kiki’s in my opinion, is phenomenal.
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