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“Don't bother - better places out there”

Le Donne Cucina Italiana
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Ranked #64 of 272 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
NH
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Don't bother - better places out there”
Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

Two years ago this was the best Italian food around. It was so good we came back again tonight. So sorry we did. Not sure what changed but the food was so bad we returned both our meals. The chicken parmesean had NO flavor and there was such a huge glob of cheese on top that it was just unappetizing. The tomato basil sauce tasted like nothing. The eggplant parmesean was just as bad. Same sauce. No flavor. Our server was very pleasant and offered to get us different meals but at that point we were just done and weren't sure anything else would be better. Needless to say we won't be back and hopefully if you are reading this, you won't waste your time or money by eating here. And the prices were a few dollars higher at the restaurant than listed on Trip Advisor.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Abbotsford, BC
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Cant Wait to Go Back”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

We ate here several times during our stay in the area. We love it!! The food is very good, the service is friendly, nice unpretentious ambiance with Frank Sinatra singing in the background. Whats not to like ?? Dont know what the age of the other patrons has to do with anything per previous poster. Except maybe theyve been around long enough to recognize a good place. Will definitely be back.

  • Visited March 2013
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Indio, California
1 review
“Lots of better choices to dine”
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.

  • Visited March 2013
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Northern California
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Problems with the Kitchen”
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.

  • Visited March 2013
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San Jose, CA
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Good food..portions are huge!”
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)

  • Visited February 2013
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