Delicioso! Le Donne Cucina Italiana Is Valley's Best Italian

Le Donne Cucina Italiana may be the Coachella Valley's best kept dining secret. Its sumptuous menu of Italian entrees has been voted Best in the Valley for 8 years running, but there are still some locals who haven't tried this Palm Desert treasure.


When you do come, here's what's in store. A menu of more than 20 mouth-watering pasta dishes, all with pasta and sauces freshly made daily, plus fresh seafood, chicken and veal entrees, and a choice of three delicious risottos. Meals might start with a yummy tuna or beef carpaccio, a bowl of perfectly done mussels in red or white sauce, a sweet and tangy plate of prosciutto melone, or one of a half dozen other antipasti dishes.


Le Donne Cucina's homemade pastas include penne, ravioli, linguini, papardella, spaghetti, fettuccine, and farfalle. They are all hand-crafted by chef Guillermo Cruz, who has been with the restaurant since it opened in Palm Desert 20 years ago. Cruz pairs the pasta with exquisite sauces, including a meat ragu, pestos, a spicy arrabbiata sauce, a quatro formaggi four-cheese sauce and a light chili cream sauce that accompanies the Linguine Con Prosciutto E Asparagi. You'll find traditional favorites like lasagna and handmade gnocchi on the menu and lighter fare, like Spaghetti Scuie Scuie, which is fresh chopped tomatoes, basil and garlic over pasta. Seafood is a Le Donne Cucina specialty: try the Gamberoni Alla Griglia grilled prawns or the Salmone Limone A Capperi, salmon topped with lemon and capers.


If you love canneloni, come to Le Donne Cucina on Thursday, when the Italian treat is always on special.


The restaurant also caters in-house, opening early for your baby shower, bridal shower, business function or birthday party. If you have a special event, Le Donne Cucina can prepare and deliver platters of whatever you choose from the menu.


Le Donne Cucina Italiana is at 72624 El Paseo, Palm Desert. Reservations are recommended. 760-773-9441

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