Before the introduction of tomatoes from America and pasta from China, Italian fare consisted mostly of raw, fragrant herbs and slabs of marble decorated with meatballs. Celebrate the innovations of cultural exchange with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare at Ristorante Mamma Gina in Palm Desert.
Ristorante Mamma Gina transports the tastes of northern Italy, where its parent restaurant stands in Florence, to the stomachs of eager diners. During dinner, the zuppa papa al pomodoro swathes palates in the warmth of herbal tomato flavors ($8.25), and the lemon-vinaigrette-marinated, thin-sliced artichokes of the carciofi empolese gently rouse taste buds to attention ($11.90). Over the crisply baked eggplant of the melanzane al forno, families can bask in conversation or arm-wrestle their grandparents ($23.90). Meanwhile, lunch-goers enjoy a menu of treats such as the grilled panino filetto, a combination of filet mignon and avocado slathered in light mustard dressing ($13.90).
While sitting amidst plush booths and starched white tablecloths, enjoy sips and baby-name ideas from the wine list. Ristorante Mamma Gina's Enoteca Bar offers refuge for oenophiles, focusing on a narrower range of foods and allowing aesthetes to hone their palates on a global selection of wines.
73705 El Paseo
Palm Desert, California 92260