Bar/Restaurant: Trilussa

Established: Fairly Recently

Area: The Mary Pickford Theater Development in Cathedral City

Typa Joint: Italian Restaurant

Signature Cocktail: No, so I had a well martini

The Coachella Valley is drowning in Italian restaurants already, so I was a bit surprised to see Trilussa in Cathedral City. It is obvious some money was put into the development of the restaurant. It has a lovely patio and a very large dining area which is well-appointed. But on my visit, I was focused on the bar for happy hour.

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Trilussa was recommended to me by a regular at Lord Fletcher’s. The menu reflected what she had already told me: Happy hour prices are good, and the menu is extensive. Well drinks are $5 and martinis are $6 during happy hour, and most happy hour meals range between $6 and $8.

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The older set flocks to Trilussa for happy hour. On the day I visited there was a lounge act. I wish I could have surreptitiously taken their photograph, but it wasn’t possible. The duo consisted of a rather good male guitar player, and an elderly woman controlling a keyboard synthesizer. Her hair was blonde and straight. Her voice was sweet but bland – as if Doris Day and Pat Boone had a love child produced by the most boring sex ever. Each pop favorite of the 1960s and 1970s was transformed into sone thing new – stale and drab. Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia” and Earth Wind and Fire’s “Let’s Groove Tonight” were almost unbearable. I might’ve stayed for another martini if it had not been for the music. Perhaps everyone else had their hearing aids turned down!