There are so many great restaurants in the La Quinta area, I’d need to write for years to tell you about them all. One that I do highly recommend is Mamma Gina. This authentic Italian restaurant has been around since 1986. That’s 30 years! After 30 years of making the same great food, you know they’ve got it down to a science.
A little history
Mamma Gina moved to Palm Springs from Florence, Italy to bring the residents here authentic and traditional Italian fare. This means that everything down to the white linens is traditionally Italian. The sister restaurant to Mamma Gina’s is located in Florence, and Trattoria Mamma Gina has been in business since 1956. All of the staff at Mamma Gina has lived in Florence at some point in their lives, so everything is truly authentic Italian – even the staff!
Why come to Mamma Gina’s?
This restaurant is the perfect spot to bring a date or the kids. Both dinner and happy hour menus are filled with some delicious favorites and classic dishes. Over the years, the menu has changed and they now offer gluten free, vegetarian and vegan choices. Some of the most talked about dishes include:
- Ceasar salad – Insalata Romana
- Fried zuchinni – Zucchini Fritti
- Proscuitto and melon – Proscuiutto e Melone
- Gamberoni scampi
- Spaghetti alla carbonara
- Chocolate cream puff
If you want to celebrate happy hour, you can at anytime at Mamma Gina, as there is all day happy hour! Some patrons of Mamma Gina say that the bar is the best spot to sit. You can get pretty much anything on the regular menu and the line-up of drinks is astounding. They’ve got a number of specialty cocktails, along with beers and wines, but the Mama Gina’s Mules in copper mugs is something to definitely try. From the Minnesota with Prairie organic vodka, ginger beer and fresh lime or the Mezcal with Vida Organic Mezcal, ginger beer and fresh lime, there are great choices for getting your drink on.
One thing to remember when going to Mamma Gina’s is that the service is on the slower side so that you can enjoy your food, your company and your drinks.
If you want catering or to have a party at Mamma Gina’s, they have those services available as well. You can create a special event menu with their Chef Tony and it will definitely be amazing.