A couple nights after reveling in the squash blossom enchiladas at Cheeky's, ordering the day's special pasta, squash blossom tagliatelle, at its sister restaurant next door, Birba, was a no-brainer. An Italian Greyhound (vodka, Aperol, grapefruit, smoked maldon salt, rosemary) to start the evening made for a delicious attitude adjustment.
Fresh pasta cooked very firm, chewy cubes of salty pancetta, sweet and bright squash blossoms, all swathed in a rich creamy reduction. I loved everything about this dish of tagliatelle.
Roma Roma pizza from the wood oven topped with romesco as the sauce, then romanesco, brussel sprouts and gorgonzola was fine. The thin crust was too blonde on top for me but nicely scorched on the bottom.
To end, an outsized piece of salted caramel tart. This is the favorite dessert of Tara's mom. I had thought I was too full to eat dessert, but I found room for this silken wonder.
Nearly all the seating is outdoors with a lively patio scene. Lit by custom lanterns made of wispy Italian fishermen's nets, sitting under the palo verde in full bloom was magical.
622 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Closed Monday and Tuesday