Gioia staff

Luca Ricca Overjoyed with His Gioia in Rancho Mirage

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost three months since chef-owner Luca Ricca, his uncle and partner Salvatore Evangelista, and right-hand-woman to both men, Giada Ingegnoso, landed at The River in Rancho Mirage via their home country to spread joy—or gioia—to desert aficionados of genuine Italian cooking. Personally, I’m just happy to hear that more…

Gioia Chef Luca

Delightful Dining at Rancho Mirage’s The River

I love my job. Although, really and truly, how can you call drawing attention to all the fabulous attributes of my beloved home town of Rancho Mirage “a job”?! Everywhere I turn there’s something to boast about, whether it’s our gorgeous resorts; a year-round, never-ending parade of events; the Palm Springs Valley’s spectacular weather; or…

Wally's Bartender Erin Earhart

A Minute with Wally’s Bar Manager Erin Earhart

In its continuing quest to bring fresh ideas to your bar coaster and dining room table, Wally’s Desert Turtle on Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage recently hired bar manager Erin Earhart. The 36-year-old, who was born and raised in Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in interdisciplinary humanities with a focus on…