Appetito brings the spirit of the classic Italian-American eatery to Palm Springs with great food, fun, value, and a sense of community. It's the new version of the Italian eatery with a twist just right for the neighborhood and Palm Springs, located at the corner of East Palm Canyon Drive at South El Camino Real, across from the Ace Hotel.

With a menu that includes house-made fresh pasta, salads, panini, focaccia pizza, and a small, but mighty wine-beer-cocktail selection, this Cal-Italian menu uses seasonal and local California produce and ingredients whenever possible to complement imported Italian staples.

Dining is casual at Appetito, with orders taken at a counter and guests selecting their own indoor or outdoor table to enjoy their meal. The bar menu at Appetito is equally unique with its Negroni bar featuring variations of the classic Italian cocktail made with Campari, signature cocktails and a selection of beers and wines on tap.

Appetito will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm & Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm (subject to change). For further information, follow us on

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Patrick Service
Managing Partner

Palm Springs native son Patrick Service has grown up in the restaurant business. His grandparents, Florencio and Maria Delgado, founded Las Casuelas in downtown Palm Springs over 55 years ago.

Las Casuelas restaurants have a long and proud heritage rooted in multiple generations of Delgado family cooking. The recipes come originally from Mazatlan, Mexico — a rich, culinary city known for steaming street food and bustling open-air restaurants. His mother, Patty Delgado Service, is the owner of Las Casuelas Terraza, which opened in 1979 to wide acclaim and awards for architecture, food and service. With two outdoor patios, high arched ceilings and world-class Mexican food, Terraza remains one of the most popular culinary destinations in the Coachella Valley.

Patrick is a graduate of Palm Springs High School and received his Masters Degree in Hospitality Management and the Banfi Wine Tour Study Scholarship from Cornell University. His work experience includes management and director roles within Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.

Chad Shaner
Consulting Chef

Chef Chad Shaner's career has taken him though the kitchens of New York's best restaurants starting with an externship at Aqua Grill NYC, continuing as a cook at Gotham Bar and Grill (New York Times 3-star, Michelin Guide 1-star, multiple James Beard Award winner) and then as an executive sous chef at Union Square Café, one of America's favorite restaurants and a five-time James Beard Award winner. Before coming to Palm Springs to open Appetito, Chef Chad was the executive chef at Le Zie (Zagat-rated – Favorite Italian Restaurant).

Chef Chad's recipes are featured in Danny Meyer's book Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals From Our Restaurants to Your Home and in May 2013, New York Times Magazine's Sam Sifton gave his fish tacos recipe lavish praise: “He cooks a forceful kind of American food that borrows its flavors from wherever they are strongest.” Read the full New York Times review here:

Chef Chad is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, class of 2006, where he was elected group leader, working alongside teacher chefs. His cooking career began while he was serving in the US Navy where he was recommended to be the captain's cook.

John Shay
General Manager

John Shay has been Vice President, Operations, at Las Casuelas Terraza in downtown Palm Springs since 2005. Previously, he was Director of Operations at Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk from 1999 to 2005. John has a BS in Operations Management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.


Appetito, A Cal-Italian Deli, to Open in Palm Springs in February 20-Feb-2014

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