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Amore Ristorante Italiano

Map47474 Washington Street
La Quinta, CA 92253
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  • Italian
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Italian Food Created with Passion

It all starts with the architectural landmark building on Washington Street in La Quinta. The appeal is beautifully modern, yet full of incredible character that’s so unique you have to experience it personally. The open dining room with curved soft seating and exhibition kitchen sets the stage for dramatic views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Add to the scene the best Italian cuisine in the desert.

The menu opens with a delectable selection of appetizers including Fried Calamari, Eggplant Rotillini, and Seven Spice-Crusted Baby Lamb Chops. You could return nightly just for the Seafood Louie or Portofino Salad. Special pastas include the Michelangelo or the Lobster Gnocchi. Or create your own pasta and homemade sauce combination. Be sure to try the homemade meatballs. Feast on delectable entrées, including Pan-Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops, House Special Veal Parmesan, Osso Buco, or Australian Rack of Lamb. You won’t find these dishes as expertly and flavorfully prepared anywhere else in the desert.

Every great meal deserves a fine wine and delicious made-from-scratch dessert. Sample the homemade cannoli, creamy gelato, or the wonderful homemade cheesecake. The sommelier will assist in your selection from the wine wall featuring wines from Italy to California.

A full complement of dessert wines, ports, cognacs, grappa, and blended Scotches tops off the dining experience. For casual or impromptu dining, take advantage of a great new menu in the bar area — where every hour is happy hour nightly from 4 to 10 p.m.

Owner Rick Lattanzio, a Chicago native, created Amorè to reflect an authentic Italian dining experience reminiscent of what he calls “the old Italian neighborhoods of Chicago, Boston, and New York.” Rick invites his guests to enjoy the finest Italian meal in the desert, where everything is cooked and served with passion. “The passion is what makes Amorè fun and exciting,” Rick says.

Open daily for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. happy hour runs all season, Monday, through Sunday, from 4 to 10 p.m. Nightly entertainment features Jere Ring at the piano.

“A fun and exciting dining experience, reminiscent of Italy and old eastern Italian neighborhoods.”

By Gayl Biondi

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Price Range: $$$
Great Restaurants: 2011
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