The Desert Sun says:Authentic italian restaurant serves up the fruits of its homeland....by Valerie Christopher.
The cornerstone of beauty is nestled beside the Plaza theatre in downtown Palm Springs. Capturing the authenticity of Sicily with a hidden English café appeal, Kalura trattoria is one italian restaurant
you'll try and never forget.
"Kalura means the heat of the desert" says owner and executive chef Vincenzo Amodeo. "We put a lot of love in whatever we do, and our secret is consistency."
Kalura trattoria only uses oil from grape seeds that produce no trans-fats, Amodeo says. They offer non-MSG products, preparing only authentic italian dishes straight from the heart.
"We are real italians" he says. "We are not second or third generation. We learned how to cook in culinary schools in Italy." In the space that housed the original Louise's Pantry for more then 50 years,
Kalura Trattoria is now a dimly lit, romantic italian gem. Amodeo, along with business partner Ignazio Battaglia, took ownership of the Palm Canyon Drive location in 2001 and created
a European nostalgic flair that local diners and tourists alike have come to love.
"I just love italian food," says Richard Adams, visiting the desert from Surrey, England. "It has a great flavor."
Enjoying succulent calzones filled with ham and peppers and smothered in Italian sauce and cheese, Adams and his friend Trevor Dance say they'll be back for more.
Specials are changed everyday, and most dishes pay homage to Sicily.
"I've been here before and I come back because I love the atmosphere," says Darcey Deetz of Palm Springs. "It's a great place for outdoor dining or to people watch, serving very good food
and good service. It's an authentic taste that complements your palate no matter what you order. If you want to heat downtown Palm Springs, this is the place to be."
The Restaurant is known for its spaghetti aglio, olio d'oliva e peperoncino, spaghetti sauteed with olive oil and garlic chile peppers and ($8.95); risotto giallo alla Milanese con Gamberetti,
Italian risotto sauteed with onion, baby rockshrimp and tiger shrimp in a brandy saffron cream sauce ($14.95); calamari fritti, baby squid lightly floured and deep fried and served
with spicy tomato sauce ($8.95); and cappellini checca, angel hair pasta sauteed with olive oil, garlic, fresh tomatoes and basil ($10.95). Kalura Trattoria offers an extensive wine list
with more then 30 entrees that everyone can afford.
"Quantity, quality and price are my three main goals," Amodeo says. "I strive to make it so that whoever comes here today or in a week - they'll find the same dining experience.
And when they think of eating italian cuisine. They'll think about us."