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“It's the best Italian in the desert!”
Review of Ristorante Donetella - CLOSED

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Ristorante Donetella
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 17 April 2013 via mobile

The pasta is almost all homemade and melts in your mouth. I love the food, ambiance and classy service. To me, there is literally no other place to go for Italian in the desert. Donatella herself is such a lady and its a special treat when she is there. This place does not get the accolades that it deserves, perhaps because its not on the el paseo or in the river. Every time I take someone there, they are impressed with everything and shocked they hadn't heard of it before. Go... You will not be disappointed.

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1  Thank Caligal75
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Reviewed 6 April 2013 via mobile

Wear your smart casual outlet find to this Mediteranean retreat tucked off HWY 111. Ambience is Italian light and looks more authentic after a couple glasses of wine selected from relevant wine list. Enjoy mature family time at this pleasant, comfortable spot. Love the pristine white table cloths & professional service with ties! Food is good. Choose something more flavorful in order to avoid blandness of some of their traditional tomato sauces. Great dinner out.

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Thank estylostyle
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

What a lovely find, thank you trip advisor. Right down the street from our vacation rental in an office building. All four of us enjoyed an excellent dining experience. From the lovely atmosphere, to the friendly and knowledgeable server and the excellent authentic Italian food we were all more then satisfied. The fresh baked rolls were hot and fresh, the appetizers of prosciutto and melon and calamari were plentiful and excellent. My husbands Scallops were some of the best he ever had. The pasta dishes were authentic al dente with flavorful sauces. We wanted to return but alas not this trip but definitely the next.

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1  Thank culinaryescapes
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

The rolls were slightly burnt - I had to ask for butter. The pasta was okay but nothing to brag about. Would not return.

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Thank knahs
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

I am always looking for good authentic Italian food and, in my opinion, it is not easy to find outside of Italy. I was taken to Donatella's by friends for the first time last week and was very pleasantly surprised. The ambience was most pleasant, the service was good, the staff warm and friendly, the menu extensive and the food was excellent. The owner's are actually from Italy (Verona, I was told) so they know real Italian food and how to prepare it properly. I am looking forward to returning to Donatella's soon.

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1  Thank Pat-in-Rancho-Mirage
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