Who knew we were going to find such amazing food in little Twentynine Palms?!? This is like having a fun quirky friend invite you over for dinner, and he's going to make it from scratch while you hang out in the living room. Reading Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews put me in the right frame of mind before arriving. Don't go if you are in a hurry, and don't go if you lack a sense of humor. First thing when Gino comes to your table, order a glass of wine. Then RELAX and enjoy your evening. I can see how if the place gets filled with a lot of people that service could get slow. It's worth the wait. Have another glass of wine. Enjoy the ambiance. Surely you don't have a restaurant like this in your hometown. You're on vacation. This is a restaurant experience you will enjoy telling others about when you get home. Oh, and for the reviewer that didn't like the trolley… I loved it! Anyone can use a tray. Even if there was one item coming out from the kitchen, it came on the cart. Charming and quirky to me. Now, about this penne arrabiata. Holy cow!! Almost blew my head off spicy, with beautiful chunks of fresh jalapeños but it was flavorful. Pasta cooked to a perfect al dente. Divine. Huge portion. I stashed my leftovers in our cooler in the car and enjoyed it as the most amazing picnic lunch out at Joshua Tree National Park the next day. Love this place and next time we're in 29 Palms we'll be back!! Grazie!!!
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