I know there was a question a while back, but will start new post... the LA Times in the Calendar section very favorably reviews a new Southern style Italian in Rancho Mirage. You can look at their website (will probably have to sign up, but it's free) & get the review.
Villa Abbate Ristorante Italiano
69-820 Highway 111
Dinner 5:30 - 10:30 Thurs - Sun
We're going out next week, but if anyone wants to check out & review in the meantime...