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“Small ,buzzing trattoria with wonderful authentic Italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Trattoria Tiramisu

Trattoria Tiramisu
Ranked #41 of 272 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kelowna
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388 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Small ,buzzing trattoria with wonderful authentic Italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

We visited this restaurant on a Thursday night, and the place was very busy.(Luckily we had made a reservation!) We were seated very promptly, and found the menu choices excellent. Yes, if you are a pasta aficionado, you'll find your favorites, but if you want to skip the pasta or side potato, they'll be very obliging to replace them with a vegetable. All our choices,from the starters to the main course were excellent, and the daily specials that were offered(a seafood combination was one, a pork chop in a balsamic reduction the other)were beautifully presented and excellently prepared. Service was very attentive-without being overbearing, and we can only recommend this restaurant to anybody who loves well prepared, authentic Italian food. The prices are not unreasonable for the quality that is being offered. Please note that there is also a patio, that offers a more romantic ambiance than the dining area inside. If you intend to visit, it's a good idea to reserve a table, as this place seems to be well known and very busy!

  • Visited November 2012
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Palm Springs, California
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Real Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I love love love this restaurant. The people are so nice and the servers are professional. The food is delicious- homemade and never a disappointment. They have great wines by the glass and you feel like you have stepped out of the sameness of the desert's restaurants to enjoy real Italian food. My favorite dish here is the spinach ravioli with marinara sauce; it is so well done! My friend is Italian and her favorite is the gnocchi.

Visited October 2012
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Palm Springs, CA
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“Amazing Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Met some friends at this restaurant Saturday night. With all the great reviews I had high expectations. These expectations were met! I had the seafood pasta, with calamari, shrimp and clams in a white wine sauce. It was really excellent. My friend had the homemade gnocchi with pesto saucse, while my other friend got the wild boar ragu. The wine was a bit on the expensive side, but otherwise the prices were about right. We seemed to be the only part there that did not have a reservation, so I would suggest a reservation when dining here. I will be going back to this restaurant for sure, maybe even this weekend!

  • Visited October 2012
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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Food Okay to Good, Service Poor - rude waitstaff”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Our first experience was "so-so" at Trattoria Tiramisu, so we had to go back for a second time - it simply didn't match the reviews previously written - we assumed we had a one-off bad visit....well, the second time was even worse. We will not be going back.

The GOOD: their sauces are really good - about as authentic as you can get.
The BAD: the seafood in my pasta dishes both times was extremely over-cooked; chicken parmesan tasted like it came from Burger King (but with nice sauce). Other than the sauces, nothing else was memorable - in a positive light.
The UGLY: waitstaff - the first visit was okay, the second visit, the waiter was simply pompous.

We happened to be there during a slower period, so you would have thought the service would be great - exactly opposite. The owner(s) and waitstaff stood around the hostess station and talked...and quite loudly at that (in Italian)...and it was hard to even get their attention for more water.

Don't try to make any substitutions - the kitchen will get it wrong (like linguine for spaghetti); and when we tried to get a side of pasta rather than mashed potatoes with the chicken parm...it was an upcharge. Being charged extra to get pasta rather than potatoes - in an italian restaurant - sorry, this is not the 1990's. For a resaurant at this price-point, simple substitutions should be accommodated - without nickle-and-diming the guests.

In a nutshell: the only upside I could find at Trattoria Tiramisu was that they offered gluten-free pastas. Other than that, this place is a "miss" in our books.

  • Visited October 2012
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USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Flown in from Milano $$$$$”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a go-to-restaurant for those who want authentic Italian food in the desert. Most of the time the staff is friendly and helpful. It was a treat to have a fresh fish in the summer here that was so delightfully prepared. Ambiance is just okay, since it is in a supermarket shopping center. But, the prices are so high, you would think that the entire experience was flown in from Milano.

  • Visited September 2012
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