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

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities? 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 Piero's Pizzavino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1713)
$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

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RestaurantSophisticate14vip
Dined 2 days ago
Always great service and great food. It’s our neighborhood gem.
A photo of Johnny Costa's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2122)
$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
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FOODIEFORLIFEvip
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Johnny Costa's Ristorante never disappoints! Love their food and history. The restaurant has been in the desert for 48 years! They will be closed for their annual summer break however will reopen for the season September 6th. I am a regular and will be there the night they open.
A photo of Le Donne Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1072)
$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.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
We like the atmosphere, not stuffy, we like the service, always helpful and knowledgeable, we like the menu, great selection, we like the food, great taste, good value.
A photo of Trilussa Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3179)
$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.

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scottf
Dined 1 day ago
We had our first but not last meal at this nice casual Italian dining establishment. Food was well prepared and service was great. Excellent citrus salad, lasagna and and eggplant parm. Reasonably priced and a nice experience overall
A photo of Castelli's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4503)
$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**

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pinolera
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Our party thoroughly enjoyed dining at Castelli’s. It was our 1st time but it won’t be the last! It’s where the locals dine & it’s not touristy. The food was excellent and the service superb. Check it out….
A photo of Sammy G's Tuscan Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3671)
$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.

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MikeOvip
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic summer special menu. Looking forward to hitting Sammy G’s several more times this summer. Thank you.
A photo of Kiki's La Quinta restaurant
4.7
4.7 (386)
$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!

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Seattle
Dined 5 days ago
Kiki’s is a great place. Looking forward to returning in September.
A photo of Italica restaurant
4.6
4.6 (49)
$31 to $50
Italian
Indio
About the restaurant
Distinctively Italian.

Italica's menu has been thoughtfully choreographed to deliver an immersive experience that you won't find anywhere else. Our dishes are served tapas style and are meant to be combined and shared with others in your party. We also serve nightly specials in addition to the items listed on our menu, but you'll have to come sit with us to find out what's not listed. Mangia bene!

Quality Ingredients
We refuse to compromise on quality at Italica, which is why we source many DOP and DOC products from Italy, like our San Marzano tomatoes, Pecorino Romano and several wines. We source our fresh ingredients from local farmers whenever possible and offer seasonal dishes throughout the year.

Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly
We have a several dishes on our menu that don't include any meat or dairy. Vegans and vegetarians are also encouraged to talk with their server about menu modifications and off menu items.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Italica is a fabulous addition to the Valley! Laura was fantastic! She is a bartender/server for us!! My husband asked for a few extra items and the Chef was amazing and added those to his meal! We loved everything! Also we will be back! Thank you
A photo of Mimmo's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1984)
$31 to $50
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: TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY FROM 5PM. HAPPY HOUR IS TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY FROM 5PM TO CLOSE, AT THE BAR AND THE BAR DINING ROOM. WE WILL BE CLOSED JULY 21TH AND REOPEN AUGUST 30TH.



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MatthewB
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Always relaxing; beautiful mood music; great service; great food; correctly priced.
A photo of Ristorante Mamma Gina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1592)
$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.

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JackieHvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service overall one of the best Italians in town ! I would definitely come back
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