Johnny Costa’s Ristorante stands as a testament to the lifelong passion and culinary expertise of its renowned chef, Johnny Costa. This iconic restaurant not only showcases exceptional Italian cuisine but also carries a unique charm, thanks to Chef Costa’s close friendship with the legendary Frank Sinatra.
Born into an Italian family in Naples, Italy with a deep appreciation for food, Johnny Costa’s passion for cooking began at an early age. He moved to Hollywood in the 1960s and Patsy D’Amore who owned Villa Capri Restaurant, and maitre’d Tony Riccio. Patsy was friends with Frank Sinatra. Johnny was hired as a sous chef and met Frank Sinatra.
One fateful evening, as fate would have it, chef Costa had the opportunity to cook for Frank Sinatra. This encounter marked the start of a remarkable friendship and a bond that would shape the legacy of Johnny Costa’s Ristorante.
Johnny later moved to the desert in the 1970’s and worked with Tony Riccio at Club Trinidad. During that time Steve McQueen, Bob Hope, and the Rat Pack frequented the club. He became the personal chef for Frank Sinatra and later opened Johnny Costa’s.
Sinatra frequented the restaurant, reveling in the flavorsome delights prepared by his friend. Their friendship grew beyond the context of the restaurant, with many memorable moments shared over a table laden with delectable dishes and good company.
Begin with a sharable appetizer that the antipasto for two. The menu includes a range of specialty pasta with seafood, sausages, and meats. Steak option include New York, steak bordelaise, and the popular steak Sinatra. Also a nice selection of chicken and specialty seafood like the cioppino with clams, mussels, scallops, prawns, and fish of the day.
Dessert includes tiramisu, crème brulee, cheesecake, cannoli, and apple crumble. There is also a nice selection of ice cream and sorbets.
Johnny’s son, Head Chef Vince Costa, and his cousin General Manager, Sal Illiano continue the family tradition. They perfectly execute the family recipes and delight customers with an amazing dining experience. His brothers John Jr, Tony, cousin Chip and Vince’s sons Giovanni and Vincenzo assist running the restaurant.
Johnny Costa’s Ristorante stands as a testament to the enduring friendship between Chef Johnny Costa and Frank Sinatra. Steeped in culinary excellence and infused with the charm of their bond, this restaurant offers more than just an exceptional dining experience – it transports visitors back to a time where good food, good music, and good company converged. So, whether you’re a fan of Sinatra or simply seeking an unforgettable Italian culinary adventure, a visit to Johnny Costa’s Ristorante is sure to provide an unforgettable experience for all.
Open Tuesday – Saturday at 5 PM
Closed Sunday & Monday
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