About Nick’s Bistro

About Nick's Bistro


In 1969 Papa Nicolino his wife Emilie and two son’s Michael and Mark moved to Palm Springs and opened an Italian Deli and bakery. The Bakery and deli was named Nicolino and Sons. It was an overnight success with the first to serve the valley with Italian specialty breads and delicious Italian cold cuts. The valley’s local residents along with Palm Springs celebrities, such as Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Sonny Bono, Pat Henry and the list goes on who enjoyed Papa Nicolino’s fresh bakery items and deli. Papa Nicolino his wife and Michael moved and opened an Italian Restaurant in Lake Havasu, AZ in 1985 and again became a success in that community. Papa Nicolino and Emilie are well and retired now in Arizona.

In 1985 Mark and wife Rhonda closed the Palm Springs location and opened Nicolino’s Famous Italian Restaurant in Cathedral City. With the great recipes passed down from Papa the local favorite restaurant continues to be popular with, valley locals, celebrities, young families, lovers, seniors, visitors just about all walks of life inter into those doors.

In 2023 Mark and wife Rhonda started a new chapter in the Nicolino’s legacy, they are now passing the torch to the next generation their adult children Nick and Kerri. Nick and Kerri both have years of extensive experience after growing up and working in the family business and with Nick working as a master chef at Nicolino’s and Kerri opening her own successful restaurant which she ran for over 20 years.

At Nick’s Bistro we make it good, give you plenty, so come enjoy our establishment and we hope we can become friends for life.