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Great Eats at Johnny Costa’s Ristorante

Palm Springs has many mouth-watering cafes, restaurants, and eateries to choose from. There are several options that offer amazing dishes for any meal you’re craving. If you’re looking for something with delicious Italian flavors, look no further than Johnny Costa’s Ristorante. There is indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and even delivery to your accommodations. The restaurant is open Tuesday-Thursday from 5-9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m. They are closed Sundays and Mondays.

Johnny Costa’s Ristorante History

From the classic Italian music to the candlelit tables, the nostalgic atmosphere at Johnny Costa’s Ristorante feels like traveling back to mid-century times. It’s no wonder Frank Sinatra was once a regular at this fine Italian restaurant, which has been honored by Palm Springs Life as best Italian restaurant for 10 consecutive years. The Costa family continues the legacy of late chef-owner Johnny Costa, who was pals with Sinatra when he moved to Hollywood from New York in the 1960s, and a decade later served as the singer’s personal chef at his desert home. Costa’s pedigree lives on in his legendary recipes, including his classic cioppino.


Start your delicious journey through Italy with cold appetizers like salads, shrimp cocktail, antipasta, or warm up with mozzarella marinara, escargot, or calamari fritti, to name a few. Whichever you choose, it will be just enough to whet your appetite for the deliciousness to come.


Twirl linguini, spaghetti, fettuccine, or angel hair, then add clams, mussels, or meatballs for several unique dishes including seafood portofino, angel hair shrimp pomodori, traditional spaghetti and meatballs, and more. Cut into layers of lasagna noodles stuffed with ricotta cheese and ground beef and topped with marinara and fresh mozzarella, or savor ricotta cheese-stuffed ravioli served with Johnny’s special hearty read meat sauce. Guests with dietary restrictions will love vegetarian and gluten-free choices like eggplant parmigiana, penne primavera, and penne vodka pink sauce, to name a few.


Cut into a delicious New York Steak, steak bordelaise – a New York steak prepared to your liking and topped with sauteed mushrooms, garlic, and wine demi-glaze sauce, or steak Sinatra: delicious New York steak that’s peen pan-seared and mated with sauteed garlic, mushrooms, and bell peppers in a red wine sauce.


Enjoy veal saltimbocca – veal medallions topped with delicious prosciutto and mozzarella, then sauteed in butter, shallots, sage, and wine sauce, or the veal piccata or veal parmigiana.


Traditional choices of chicken parmigiana, chicken Marsala mushroom, and chicken piccata are bursting with flavors of wine sauces, marinara, and other traditional Italian tastes.


Dive into shrimp Newport – large prawns sauteed with garlic in a lemon, butter, and wine sauce. You may also choose fresh salmon – farm raised and then filleted, or cioppino: a combination of fresh clams, mussels, scallops, prawns, the fish of the day, and calamari all sauteed in garlic, tomato, and wine stock for a delicious uniquely Italian taste.


Cap your meal with choices like homemade tiramisu, crème brulee, cheesecake, apple crumble with caramel, cannoli, and others. Enjoy the simple taste of fresh berries and vanilla ice cream, or a variety of sorbets and other ice cream flavors.

Specialty Drinks

Pair your meal with any of their specialty drinks. The “Costa-politan”, “Made-man” Hattan, join martinis, Italian spritzer, Italian lemon drop, or a Moscow mule for something different.

Wine by the Glass

Italian food and wine go hand-in-hand. We have a by-the-glass wine list with a perfect pairing for your meal. Choose the house red or white, chianti, pinot noir, sauvignon, and others from California, Italy, France, and even New Zealand.

Delectable Dining in Palm Springs

Johnny Costa’s Ristorante is a mouth-watering way to enjoy some of the best Italian food Palm Springs has to offer. Choose their takeout option and bring your meal back to a vacation rental provided by Hi-Desert Dwellings, where you can heat it up in a fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy your meal in one of our luxury rentals, whether you choose to eat in the dining area or curl up in front of a flat screen TV for a movie. We have units as small as studio spaces, all the way up to five-bedroom homes where everyone can enjoy the flavors of Johnny Costa’s Ristorante. Choose a premium unit for extras like stainless steel appliances, a pool, hot tub, BBQ, and more. Ask us about rentals that allow your furry friend to beg for their own share of the meal.

Contact us to start planning a Palm Springs getaway!