Diverse dining in the desert

In the heart of the Palm Springs valley, Rancho Mirage has more than 60 restaurants offering everything from comfort food to international cuisine. The city’s offerings are becoming even more diverse with two new restaurants entering the scene. The Italian cuisine based restaurant Enzo’s bistro and Bar and Maria José Peruvian Gourmet offering amazing Peruvian dining.


Enzo’s Bistro and Bar, 70030  Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. In the building that was once The Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar, Enzo’s has reimagined the space and now offers “elegant and authentic” Italian fare. This new location offers beautiful views from the covered patio which has earned a lot of great buzz . Diners can enjoy the homemade pasta and sauces,  in-house dry-aged beef, cured salami, and an extensive wine list.


Start with an extensive antipasti menu with items such as bruschetta, calamari fritti, polpette (handmade meatballs in marinara sauce) and cavolini croccanti (crispy Brussels sprouts and pancetta with a balsamic reduction).


All you oyster lovers will find them made two ways: ostriche mignonette (on the half shell with minced shallot, pepper vinaigrette and fresh cracked peppercorn) and ostriche carbonara (baked on the half shell with fresh spinach and pancetta cream sauce).


Main dishes include a variety of 10-inch pizzas, lasagna, fettucini con gamberi mediterraneo (sautéed shrimp with cream sherry-garlic butter served over fettuccini alfredo), house-made penne pasta in vodka tomato cream sauce, ravioli with ricotta and spinach in a rosa sauce and eggplant parmigiana.


Enzo’s meats are aged for a minimum of 28 days and include dishes such as bistecca costata d’occhio (rib-eye steak that is char-broiled and served with roasted garlic, potatoes and vegetables) and costolette brasate (braised boneless short rib served on fresh pappardelle pasta and sweet peas topped with gremolata sauce). There are also a variety of chicken and fish dishes as well. Make a reservation.


Maria José Peruvian Gourmet, inside The Atrium at 69930 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. Diners will find a casual atmosphere and Peruvian-inspired cuisine with a focus on fresh, high-quality seafood. Enjoy a variety of small bites on the tapas menu, including fried yucca and “huancaina” croquettes (potato croquettes topped with a Peruvian cold creamy yellow sauce).


The dishes are vibrant and flavorful including appetizers such as Maria Jose shrimps au gratin, causa de pulpa de cangrejo (a traditional Peruvian smashed potato cake filled with crab, topped with avocado and served cold) and pulpo en cerignola oliva (slices of grilled octopus on a bed of greens and covered with Cerignola olives and balsamic dressing).


Entrees include a 12-ounce grilled steak with chimicurri sauce; pesto spaghetti Peruvian style; grilled salmon with citris butter sauce and Peruvian spices; spicy diablo seafood; chicken lasagna and “anticucheras” tuna skewers, a dish where tuna is tenderized in traditional Peruvian marinade served with golden potatoes and boiled Peruvian corn.


Thirsty? The purple corn is also used to make a non-alcoholic cocktail and is combined with pineapple, cinnamon, cloves lime, and sugar. Make a reservation.


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