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Le Donne Cucina Italiana
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Ranked #63 of 289 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hwy 111 & El Paseo
Reviewed March 22, 2013

So many other alternatives in the area, this place is so unremarkable its hardly worth writing a review, but perhaps this can help others. The bruschetta to start was soggy and set the pattern for the meal. The waitress / service was marginal to poor at best. No water refills, no follow up on drink orders, no check back to see how meals were, endless wait for the check, endless wait to pay, and so on. Food was bland and dull. Soup, especially the "house" soup tasted like water with a few cabbage leaves thrown in. Calamari especially had exactly zero flavor. Wine $ 28 for a $ 4.50 wholesale product that was barely okay. No atmosphere, high noise level, with lots of tables crowded in. Required asking other diners to pull chairs in to pass to get to bathroom. Party of 6. We had eaten here about 3 years ago and gave it high marks and finally in area, went to try it again. Put a check in that box, do not need to do it again for a long while if ever. Judging from reviews this place is going downhill rapidly, so beware.

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Thank Robert H
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

In the past year things have changed and not for the better. We had dinner here last year and my husband loved his Veal Parmigianno...loved it. Not so much this year. We took friends with us with great expectations and were very disappointed. His Veal was good, but not great. My Bolognese was just average...nothing to go back for. It took over 45 minutes for our meal to be served. The waiter was very apologetic...clearly problems in the kitchen. The restaurant was quite crowded on a Tuesday night in March. We won't return.

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Thank mszig11
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had dinner here on one of our nights in Palm Desert and it was great. We showed up right before the rush (made a quick OpenTable reservation 30 minutes prior). The service was outstanding and the food was very good. The portions were huge so we had more than enough to take home for lunch the next day. Some interesting items on the menu but all the Italian "Basics" were there. I had the lasagna which was outstanding. The pricing is a little on the high side as far as Italian joints go, but pretty in line for restaurants in the Palm Desert area (which tend to be a bit high to begin with)

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Thank Franchise35
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Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

Not pretentious. Great food. Good service. Informal and not stuffy and formal. Not an empty table. No atmosphere but the food makes up for it. Average age - over 70! But we heard they go regularly. We would go again.

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Thank TheFlyingFrock
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Their homemade noodle is excellent and no par. Linguine with shrimp and mushroom in red sauce is my favorite.

Thank Chuang004
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