Despite the fact that 2014 has barely begun, we all know the swift way each great Palm Springs Valley season goes. Before we know it, March will be here. And what’s the signature desert event of March? Why, the BNP Paribas Open just east of my home in Rancho Mirage at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, of course…
Now, I am as big a devotee of this world class tournament as the next guy or gal, but what has me particularly excited for this year’s incarnation—other than the imminent arrival of the stunning new Stadium 2, the 8,000-seat complex that is currently under construction and slated to be unveiled in early February, of course—is the fact that said supplemental venue will boast no less than three dining venues to sustain attendees between matches. In addition to the previously announced Nobu, both Chop House (part of the locally owned Kaiser Restaurant Group) and Piero’s Pizza Vino (an El Paseo fixture) will be open for business between March 3 and 16. Depending on the success of the enterprise, the trio may remain operational long after the sports spectacular.
Chop House is an award-winning, high-end steakhouse that’s made its reputation on USDA prime-aged steaks and chops, not to mention some of the finest seafood available in the desert. It has locations in Downtown Palm Springs and in Palm Desert. Piero’s Pizza Vino—the brainchild of Mamma Gina owner Piero Pierattoni—is known for its traditional Neapolitan style pizza. At Stadium 2 it will offer a more casual dining experience than it does on El Paseo. In my humble opinion, both of these homegrown eateries will fit in nicely alongside Nobu, the world-renowned Japanese restaurant founded by Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and acclaimed for its signature melding of traditional Japanese dishes with South American ingredients.
Since none of us can survive on “30-Love” alone, isn’t it nice to know we will soon have seats at three new tables! Bon appétit to all, and to all a good match!