Party on at Pinzimini and Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa
I just love a party, and the recent Pinzimini Restaurant premiere at Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage was quite the shindig! Billed as an opportunity to “Rediscover the Westin,” the event started off with photo ops and a lavish red carpet trodded by such local luminaries as Rancho Mirage Mayor Scott Hines, Palm Springs Police Chief Al Franz, and more than a few stealth celebs who avoided cameras—but not my eagle-eye gaze!
More than 500 guests meandered through the large outdoor terrace, where information and demonstrations of the many spa, golf, and tennis programs were taking place. To provide sustenance, ample food stations and bars were set up with all kinds of nibbles and libations that will be featured in the new restaurant. The Fireside Lounge (which normally offers a comfortable atmosphere to sip wine or cocktails, and to munch appetizers and small meals) was hopping with a convivial crowd toe-tapping to live jazz.
But the highlight of the evening was definitely a visit to the newly renovated—and I’m SURE soon to be mobbed—Pinzimini. The large, airy space is beautifully lit and was a great place in which to belly up to the full-service bar, where the energetic staff offered up amazing cocktails and wines. Throughout the room, tasty food samples were offered in order to tempt party-goers to return for the real thing. And from the moans of gastronomical ecstacy, I’m guessing that won’t be a problem. From the flavor of the steaks offered, Pinzimini is sure to be known for their meats (including an über-indulgent Tuscan marinated 38-ounce porterhouse steak for two). But giving carnivorous delights a run for their money will be the delicious salads, pizzas, pastas, and panini.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this will not be a place for resort guests only. Once the word gets out about how great the food is, it’ll be mobbed—in a good way! Call ahead for reservations.