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A Family Story

Mario’s Italian Cafés have 7 locations throughout the Coachella Valley. Started by Mario Del Guidice (A’ Ciao), the founder of Mario's Italian Cafés, started his career in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, back in 1961. But after vacationing in Palm Springs, he moved his family here in 1972 and for the past 41 years he and his family — now three generations strong — have been delighting residents with the old-world family recipes prepared at Mario’s seven award-winning locations.

Mario and his family not only love what they do, they’re also a big part of the community and are involved with fundraisers for 11 local high schools, The American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, and Desert Arc among a few. Mario’s truly is your neighborhood Italian café — a full-value Italian restaurant with pizzahouse prices and dinner-house quality.