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“The most delicious brown bolognese not it Italy” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ristorante Donetella
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Palm Desert, California
Level Contributor
187 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The most delicious brown bolognese not it Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

The service and atmosphere are home styled and welcoming. The food is fantastico.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank RonSlee
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  • English first
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English first
Calgary, Canada
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wish the atmosphere was nicer.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2011

There are better choices for restaurants. The menu selection is good but the food is average. Thought the food and atmosphere could be improved for the price.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cndn40sumthg
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Rancho Mirage, California
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232 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Best Italian food this side of Verona”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2010

Having been to Italy many times, I am usually disappointed in what Americans call "Italian food". Not at Ristorante Donetella. The owner, whom the restaurant is named for, and her husband come from Verona, where they used to run a successful restaurant.

Thank goodness they brought their recipes and flair for authentic Italian food with them. Cozy restaurant, not fancy, but nicely decorated. Great food and very fair prices. We go there almost weekly.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank awinrm
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Palm Desert, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“This restaurant seems to be slipping.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2010

We have visited Ristorante Donatella with 6 or 8 people each April for my husband's birthday. Most in the party are of Italian background. In the past food and service has been great so we always look forward to our experience there. This year was a disappointment so we will celebrate at a different restaurant next year. I had my usual Veal Piccata and although the flavor was good the veal was quite tough. The vegetable was sauteed spinach. I love spinach but it seems like a pretty cheap way to go. The vodka martini that I ordered was the oddest martini I've ever had - very little taste and 3 little manzanilla olives on a wooden toothpick. How about investing in some quality olives? Our other guests thought their meals were very average - nothing special. Service was adequate. I can see why they are featuring a 40% off early bird special. If the food and service were as good as in past years they wouldn't have to entice people with specials.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gastronome68
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The World
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Italian Food in the Palm Springs desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2009

Only go to Ristorante Donatella if you love authenitic, delicious Italian food at very reasonable prices. The owners, Pietro & Donatella Ghilardi, do the cooking and only use recipes from their families back home in Verona. Everything is home made. Pietro makes the tiramisu daily from his great grandmother's recipe. It's to die for. Donatella personally greets each guest - feels like you're being welcomed into a comfy Italian home.

The wine list is excellent - very good selections at great prices.

Portions are generous. Complimentary fresh bruschetta is offered to each guest.

Don't bother with chain restaurant food. Go where the locals go in the desert for excellent Italian food - Ristornate Donatells. Their spinach is the best this side of The Boot !

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2 Thank GoFoot
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