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“An Italian Restaurant that will not Disappoint”

Johnny Costa's Ristorante
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Ranked #26 of 319 Restaurants in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $32
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We won the Best of the Best for Italian the last 3 years by the Palm Springs Life reader's choice awards.
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“An Italian Restaurant that will not Disappoint”
Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

A friendly place with large portions of good Italian food. Not fancy, more like the kind of food you might get at an Italian friend's house (and thats meant as a compliment). Good wine selection.

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English first
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Old School Palm Springs!”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We called ahead, got a booth and had a large-portioned tasty Italian meal. It's not fancy, but it is delicious. It felt very much like a locals place, which was perfect.

Visited March 2013
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“On the downhill run”
Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

It's sad to watch a restaurant slide downhill. Kinda like watching an old dog limping around in misery. The crew seems hypnotically detached from reality, moving around in a trance. What can I say about the food - pretty ho hum, average. Risotto was crunchy and flavorless, cooked in water, not stock. The accompanying lamb shank was tough, under cooked, and cold. I will say the sauce was very delightful and full flavored, however. The atmosphere is a wierd mix of 1980's coffee shop and New Jersey Greek Diner. Nothing fit together. The climate control was on the hot side, causing me to think about dozing off. I don't think we will be back. There are too many choices in Palm Springs.

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231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great Place for a Romantic Dinner”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We were really hungry for Italian and we were celebrating my birthday and this was a good choice for a nice romantic dinner. I thought it was quite elegant, the service was great. We had appetizers, escargot, a salad which was mixed greens, and additional veggies, soup, minestrone a pasta dish and a dessert plate of assorted goodies. Everything was good. We had a very nice evening.

  • Visited February 2013
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Average food and tired decor”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is an old stand by that needs some resesitation. The inside is largely banquettes with oyster shell backs. Nothing exciting but looks like its right out of the 80's.

The menu is quite extensive but totally predictable. Nothing innovative.

We ordered the house salad consisting of chopped ice berg lettuce a quartered tomato mixed with oil and vinegar. Way too much vinegar. I could have done a better job on my own and I can't cook.

The wine list was not cheap. A glass of Washington state Riesling was the same price as the whole bottle in a box store.

Entree was chicken parmigiana. Tasted like what you would get in a diner in the 1980's ok, but nothing special.

The pistachio ice cream for dessert was chewy and gummy and overly frozen.

Our waiter was very knowledgable and attentive.

If you want very basic Italian food at above average price this place will deliver it to you

  • Visited February 2013
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