Mario's Italian Cafe - Old-World Recipes, Captivating New Location

Old-World Recipes, Captivating New ocation

. A sampling of Mario’s most popular dishes are (clockwise from bottom) Cioppino a la Mario with clams, mussels, calamari, jumbo prawns, lobster tail and white fi sh in white wine sauce; the Italian Antipasto with pepperoni, cheeses, olives and tomatoes; a Vegetarian Special pizza with fresh garlic, basil and fi ve cheeses; and Chicken Primavera with fresh vegetables over fettuccini. Mario’s pours a generous 14-ounce glass of San Antonio house wine

Photography Arthur Coleman

Mario Del Guidice, the founder of Mario's Italian Cafés, started his career in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, back in 1961. But after vacationing in Palm Springs, he moved his family here in 1972 and for the past 41 years he and his family — now three generations strong — have been delighting residents with the old-world family recipes prepared at Mario’s seven award-winning locations. The café’s dishes range from veal to seafood, chicken, steak, and pasta — everyone loves Mama’s eggplant parmesan. All of the restaurant’s sauces are made fresh daily, as is their fantastic homemade sausage and meatballs. And who can resist hand-tossed, brick oven, New York-style pizza? There’s also a huge array of tempting appetizers and salads.

Mario has gone all out creating his newest location on Highway 111 in the heart of Palm Desert. The walls in the main dining room feature stunning hand-painted murals of the Amalfi coast where Mario’s great-grandfather was born. In the Venetian room off to your left, you’ll be captivated by another beautiful mural that offers a 360-degree view of the romantic city of Venice. The restaurant has been cleverly designed with windows built into the wall separating the two spaces so as you dine in either room, you have the feeling of being transported to one charming Italian city while also being able to catch a glimpse of another.

There are exciting things in store for the Venetian room. Mario plans to do exhibition cooking one night a week at his lucky 21 pasta bar. Get ready to have some fun as Mario and his family create 21 diff erent dishes right in front of your eyes. Taste one or taste them all. A reservation for this will be a must!

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425 S. SUNRISE WAY, PS 760-322-6636
73155 HWY. 111, PD 760-341-1130
42104 WASHINGTON ST., BD 760-772-6100
78152 VARNER RD., SUN CITY, PD 760-345-8900
49906 JEFFERSON ST., LQ 760-777-4055
81939 HWY. 111, IN 760-775-2888
83103 AVE. 48, CO 760-863-1611

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