Evenings are always alfresco
Since eating outside always makes us feel giddy, like we’re sitting at the kids’ table, we love that desert dining star, Birba, translates from Italian to “little rascal.” The courtyard tables are surrounded by white-light-wrapped trees and low firepits, and fresh cocktails like the Negroni Sbagliato (Campari, prosecco, and sweet vermouth) are the most refreshing way to usher in the summer solstice. Tough call between the thin-crust pizzas topped with everything from housemade ricotta to egg and pancetta, and the eggplant bolognese. Either way, you can sit back and enjoy the unobstructed views of the stars. $$; 622 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/327-5678.