JOHNNY COSTA’S RISTORANTE
AN AUTHENTIC TASTE OF ITALY
“Family owned and operated. Experience Costa’s authentic Italian cuisine.”
Johnny Costa was born in Naples, Italy and has been a chef and restaurant owner for 40 years in the Palm Springs area. His authentic Napolitano, family – inspired recipes are recreated fresh every day from pastas and marinara sauce to fresh fish and meats complemented by flavorful sauces.
Johnny worked in New York and Las Vegas before moving to California. Johnny arrived in Hollywood in the 60’s and that is when he met Patsy D’Amore who was the owner of the Villa Capri Restaurant in Hollywood and Tony Riccio was the Maitre’d. Patsy was friends with Frank Sinatra and Villa Capri became a Hollywood celebrity hang out and the place to be in the 60’s.
Johnny Costa was hired as Sous Chef and met Frank Sinatra where he learned the dish Frank Sinatra liked that was named Steak Sinatra. One of Franks other favorites was Linguini with Clams. Johnny became known by Frank as he liked the way Johnny cooked. Johnny later followed Tony Riccio to a restaurant he was a partner in called Martony’s in Hollywood. Tony Riccio hired Johnny as his Head Chef and Tony moved the Hollywood celebrity following to Martony’s including Frank.
Johnny later moved to the desert in the early 70’s started working again with Tony Riccio, who was the owner and Maitre’d of Club Trinidad in Palm Springs. During that time Steve McQueen, Bob Hope, and the Rat Pack frequented Club Trinidad which became a Palm Springs celebrity hang out. In the mid-70’s Frank hired Johnny to work at his estate with his personal chef.
While working for Frank Johnny opened Johnny Costa’s Ristorante in Desert Hot Springs, circa 1976, then moved the restaurant to Cathedral City before moving to their current location in Palm Springs. The legacy continues with Johnny and his family.