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“a gem among many”
Review of Ristorante Donetella - CLOSED

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Ristorante Donetella
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed November 17, 2012

this small family owned Italian restaurant gives special service a new meaning-- a small intimate place with the owners active in setting you, being sure you are well served and perosanally cooking wonderful Italian food-thier Osso Bucco is just the best and I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to this particular dish--there are many really good Italain restaurants in the desert, but this one is among the best-

1  Thank michael p
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This restaurant is trying very hard to be special. Fairly busy for a Friday night , but not jammed. Strip Mall location. I don't think there are any booths. The owner came around several times. Started to get alittle creepy because she really didn't have anything to say.
A little pushy with the wine list, but we consented. I Ordered the eggplant. The others ordered a variety off the menu. The kitchen took a bit of time. The salads weren't anything special. Just your basic greens. The eggplant parmigiana was huge. But I think they make it lasagana style - which is different for me. It was good, but nothing to write home about. I definitely would come back to try something different. We passed on dessert.

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2  Thank back2mac09
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

The best Italian restaurant in the Valley. The food is superb and the staff is terrific. Donatella and her husband, Pietro, have created a cozy, warm and inviting restaurant, where the food will definitely have you coming back time and time again.

Thank Michelle D
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Had seen restaurant many times but had not stopped in, read the reviews on trip advisor and decided to give it a try, we will for sure be back. One of us had veal liver, which was highly recommended and did not disappoint. Not your normal liver and onions but a VERY interesting dish and it was delicious! I had angel hair pasta with spicey tomato sauce and shrimp. It was very good as well with just the right amount of spice and the portion was very generous. The total bill with 3 glasses of wine and an espresso was $90.00 including tip which we thought was very reasonable for the service, food and atmosphere.

Thank albech
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

We are late in our falling in love with Donatella's. The sweet and gracious Donatella who runs the show and her husband who runs the Veronese cuisine are just great. Being presented with tomatoes on crostini on being seated is lovely. Veal and fish here are always the freshest, The wine list is reasonable as is by the glass offerings. We were first taken to Donatella's by a client of our firm who wanted to celebrate a happily concluded project. We were charmed and taken by the food quality. We are impressed with La Spiga too so we know what's going on in the Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert area. If The Old Spaghetti Factory can be said to have lowered the bar, Donatella's maintains a stellar standard. I've never ordered the same thing as I'm wandering through the menu.

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Thank Louie M
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