For my first review, I am taking you to one of my favorite vacation locations, the Coachella Valley of California and the Palm Springs area. Nicolinos is one of the restaurants that we make a point of visiting on each trip to the desert on our annual vacation. Located in a strip mall on Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City. If you are looking for a hip and trendy Palm Springs bistro, this is not the place for you. The décor is a bit tired and dated, and you probably won't spot any celebrities dining there. However, if what you are looking for is a marvelous Italian dining experience and great food then this is the place for you. The prices are midrange. Our dinner for 2 people with wine was less than $100.00
Almost immediately we were served a hot loaf of crusty bread with the most delicious garlic butter. I could have sipped my wine and eaten the bread, skipping dinner entirely!
I started with the wedge salad, tasty and very fresh with blue cheese and bacon bits. My husband opted for the Homemade Minestrone. He claims that it is the best he has tasted. Service was attentive and we were not rushed through the courses.
For our main course we both chose the Veal Picatta entrée. Offered with a side of spaghetti marinara, I chose Pasta Olio, olive oil and herbs tossed with spaghetti instead. Hubby stuck with the marinara.
The veal was tender and very flavorful, with a nice presentation.
The wine list is unimpressive, but a selection of tasty mid range wines are available. I had the Kendall Jackson Chardonnay which is my go-to on the lower end for consistency. Hubs had the house Chianti and enjoyed it as well. The owners Mark and Rhonda were both making the rounds in the dining room, greeting every table. There seemed to be quite a few regular diners. That is usually a good sign of consistent good food. The place is homey and inviting. We skipped the deserts after filling up on bread and pasta, but they looked very tasty and the table next to us was enjoying their Cannoli.
They make it good, they give you plenty and they don't charge a lot, so all in all a great dinner out.