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

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Updated May 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 analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. 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 (1684)
$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
Gigi2014vip
Dined 6 days ago
One of my very favorite restaurants here in the desert area - their lasagna is the best I have ever had at any Italian Restaurant - their pizzas are thin crust & delicious. Friendly waitstaff and nice atmosphere.
A photo of Johnny Costa's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2092)
$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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CarlMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Minestrone soup included in with your entree and it’s the real Italian way! The pastas…omg viva Italia!
A photo of Castelli's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4457)
$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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DonLvip
Dined 7 days ago
Let me start by saying service was EXCELLENT. The bread starter is super tasty. We followed that with the Escargot - love their preparation, but I would suggest 4 pieces of bread. Next up was my Caesar salad, good but not great, need to steop this one up. Then came my Osso Bucco and my wife's Risotto de Funghi, both were REALLY, REALLY good. And huge portions. I struggle with $56 for the Osso Bucco, but it didnt disappoint. Ok, we will go back (again and again).
A photo of Ristorante Mamma Gina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1564)
$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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NBFoodLover
Dined 1 day ago
We were greeted by name and given the best booth! My favorite veal piccata was outstanding as was my husband’s pasta with mushrooms. The best cappuccino and cheesecake ever! We loved our waiter, Caesar ! We absolutely loved everything!
A photo of Le Donne Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1062)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We had a delicious dinner last night at La Donne Cucina. Service was lovely and all three of us loved our entrees. We hadn't been since the pandemic for some reason and it is just as good as we remembered. We will be back.
A photo of Sammy G's Tuscan Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3614)
$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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ABoothPleasevip
Dined 7 days ago
We have been to Sammy G's numerous times and have enjoyed every time. Tried the veal prosciutto for a change. Very good, will try it again.
A photo of Kiki's La Quinta restaurant
4.6
4.6 (349)
$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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Debstervip
Dined 4 days ago
I have been to Kiki’s twice and both times were absolutely wonderful. The food, service and atmosphere were delightful. Outside seating is nice on the “not-so-hot” evenings. My first visit was for dinner and I ordered the linguini & clams - delish. The second time was more like Happy Hour. Each person got a salad and shared a margarite pizza. We had the tricolor salad and ceasar salad - both were very good. The atmosphere and ambiance are very lively. There’s an incredible energy. Definitely a place to check out. It won’t disappoint 😃🎉.
A photo of Trilussa Ristorante restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3117)
$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
Dougvip
Dined 2 days ago
Josh was our waiter and he was fantastic. Great food, accomodated special requests and incredible service.
A photo of Mimmo's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1962)
$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: MONDAY THRU SATURDAY FROM 5PM. HAPPY HOUR IS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 5PM TO CLOSE, AT THE BAR. WE WILL BE CLOSED THE MONTH OF AUGUST



Top review
DorisP
Dined 3 days ago
First time at Mimmo’s. Yelp reviews were mostly positive. We were very pleased with the location, ambiance, and very happy with our meals. Service was excellent. Will definitely be back!
A photo of Backstreet Bistro Palm Desert restaurant
4.5
4.5 (917)
$30 and under
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Come and enjoy our fresh and authentic italian cuisine our friendly and family oriented staff is looking forward to provide you with a delightful dining experience on our quaint and comfortable patio . We are looking forward to serve you with our delicious daily specials and our incredible hand selected wine list. You can make reservation by phone or on our website http://www.backstreetbistroelpaseo.com/reservations- . Backstreet Bistro, a place where friends meet friends!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We were greeted with a big smile and promptly seated. The wait staff were cheerful and attentive. We had four different meals and all were very good. Will definitely go back.
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