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Castelli's Ristorante

Map73098 Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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  • Italian
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Celebrating 26 Years Serving Authentic Italian Cuisine.
Named by ZAGAT Survey America's 1,000 Top Italian Restaurants

By Carolyn Patten

Enter the doors of Castelli's and you'll believe you have just stepped into a small bistro in romantic Tuscany.

Soft lighting; lace curtains; dark, warm woods; and an abundance of fresh flowers and greenery set the tone for a wonderful dining experience. Michael and John Castelli offer you a warm greeting before seating you in the intimate enclosed patio, in the well-known Celebrity Room where the walls are lined with photos of celebrities, or in one of their elegant private dining rooms. These intimate spaces offer the perfect setting for receptions, private parties, meetings, and banquets.

Now entering its 26th season serving award-winning prime beef, veal, lamb, pasta, and seafood dishes, Castelli’s has perfected an already outstanding level of service, delicious food, and fine wines.

Try the specialty of the house, Fettuccine Alfredo, as an appetizer or have it on the side with their scrumptious Osso Bucco; the Filetto Marsala, a 9-ounce petite filet mignon, charbroiled and topped with a sauce of Marsala wine and portabello mushrooms; or their 18-ounce Veal Chop — heaven on a plate!

Part of the fun of dining at Castelli’s is having Chef Brian Altman prepare your dinner exactly to order, whether it’s Baby Rack of Lamb; Western Australian Lobster Tail; or their famous Castelli’s Signature Pork Chops, two juicy chops charbroiled and served with a sherry wine glaze and fresh baked apples.

After dinner, sip a Cappuccino Romano and linger over a classic Italian dessert such as tiramisú, New York cheesecake, or spumoni ice cream pie. Absolute perfection!

Open for dinner nightly from 5:30 p.m. Reservations suggested. Catering and banquet facilities are available. Full bar and extensive wine list. Nightly live piano and vocals from 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday with Patrick Tuzzolino; and Sunday-Tuesday with Joe Jaggi.

Castelli’s Ristorante
73098 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-773-3365 •

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Price Range: $$$

Quick Facts:


• Antipasto for Two
• Shrimp Dijon
• Lobster Ravioli
• Cannelloni
• Portabello alla Griglia

• Veal Chop
• Osso Bucco
• Steak and Lobster
• Linguine with Clams
• Tortellini Romano
• Pork Chops
• Fresh Fish Daily

• Tiramisú
• New York-Style Cheesecake
• Spumoni Ice Cream Pie
• Crème Brûlée
• Chocolate Mousse
• Cappuccino Romano


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