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Las Vegas: Giada De Laurentiis Opens Namesake Restaurant

Las Vegas: Giada De Laurentiis Opens Namesake Restaurant

The Food Network’s sweetheart, Giada De Laurentiis, has been looking for just the right place to open her first restaurant for quite some time. After searching, she has added her star to the long list of celebrity chef all-stars on the famed Las Vegas strip. Last month, De Laurentiis opened her namesake, “GIADA,” in the brand new $185 million boutique hotel The Cromwell operated by Caesars Entertainment. Located on the second floor, her comfortable venue overlooks one of the busiest intersections right on the strip.

“When I saw the building, I immediately said, I want this space” she stated. “The space is high up and light is very important to me.” The chef knew it needed to be a venue fit for her family name, as her maternal grandfather is renowned film producer Dino De Laurentiis. “My name is a big one. I want make my family proud and stay true to who we are,“ she said with determination.

Her restaurant features three dining experiences for guests to enjoy. Patrons can choose the main dining room, lounge, or the terrace where you can dine al fresco with a bird’s eye view of the strip. This is De Laurentiis’ “baby,” and she was very hands on in the development, going so far as to test every chair in the restaurant personally. “I needed to know how narrow, how wide, how sturdy they are. “If I don’t sit in each chair, how am I going to know?”

The kitchen also adds to the overall experience. Upon walking into the space, the enticing aromas from the custom antipasti bar, as well as the pizza and bread ovens makes one feel right at home. The highlight of the antipasti bar is the hammered brass bar face and a Carrara gold marble counter stop with floating glass display shelves.

The menu has something for everyone. Keeping true to her Italian heritage, the menu offers Italian fare with California influences. Her dishes utilize fresh ingredients and show off her take on new Italian cuisine. Looking over the menu, signature dishes like lemon spaghetti, lobster arancini, pea pesto crostini, Marsala herb chicken meatballs, and the standout dessert of lemon ricotta cookies jump off the page.

GIADA is a gastronomic party for its guests. Chefs prepare fresh pastas by hand, slice Italian meats, and make bread and desserts, all as guests watch with anticipation. Be sure to take a look at their wine list, which features a nice selection of Italian and California wines. For something a little stronger, try a signature cocktail or a tasty martini with blue cheese hand-stuffed olives.

This opening is one of the most highly anticipated restaurant in the country, and so De Laurentiis‘s GIADA is certain to be a big hit with locals and visitors alike. Open for lunch and dinner, a visit to GIADA is highly recommended, as the food, décor, and atmosphere lends a feeling of being at home with Giada herself.


Giada De Laurentiis to Open First Restaurant in Las Vegas

Food Network star and undisputed hottie Giada De Laurentiis will open her first Las Vegas restaurant at the Gansevoort Las Vegas hotel, formerly Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, formerly the Barbary Coast, formerly desert sand.

De Laurentiis will open her new restaurant in early 2014 in the now-closed Bill’s, currently undergoing a dramatic, $185 million renovation. Her restaurant is being described as an “innovative concept,” because pretty much anything new in Las Vegas is described that way. It’s the law.

Gansevoort Las Vegas will have 188 rooms and a rooftop nightclub full of people who wouldn’t have been caught dead at Bill’s.

While her new restaurant hasn’t been named yet (we’re pretty sure the name will just be Giada’s), it will have al fresco dining, which is a fancy way of saying eating outside. The location of the new restaurant should afford diners one of the most sweeping views of The Strip, ever.

Now we know what that thing on the second floor of the Gansevoort is.

The restaurant will “extend over the pedestrian walkway below, featuring large glass windows,” which sort of flies in the face of the whole “al fresco” thing, but let’s not get bogged down in details.

The cuisine will focus on the chef’s specialty, Italian food with “Californian influences.” Which is likely to mean the food will be prepared with the aid of earthquakes.

Giada’s new home in Las Vegas is currently very well ventilated.

The restaurant will seat about 300 and will have an antipasto station, said to be the first for an Italian restaurant on The Strip. Now, what would really be innovative is a propasto station, but we’re not holding our breath.

De Laurentiis says, “You’ll see an antipasto bar and next to it a bar bar.” Well, we’re already smitten.

Giada De Laurentiis visits the site of her new restaurant. Thanks to Caesars Entertainment for the pic.

Giada De Laurentiis is the star of “Everyday Italian” and “Giada at Home” on the Food Network, and is a judge on one of our favorite cooking shows, “The Next Food Network Star.” She also stars in some of our dreams, but that’s not really relevant right now.

We’re looking forward to seeing what the Emmy-winning, Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef has in store for Gansevoort, and we will welcome Giada De Laurentiis to Las Vegas with open arms. Assuming there’s no restraining order, which is a distinct possibility.


7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Line Up to Eat at Giada’s New Restaurant

After reading this bought-and-paid-for piece of public relations drivel today, we at ELV thought the record ought to be set straight about why restaurants like Giada’s should be approached gingerly, if at all, and always with a sense of healthy skepticism about what is really going on.

So, let’s go over the 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Line Up to Eat at Giada’s New Restaurant:

3) She’s not a restaurateur or a restaurant chef.

4) She’s not running the restaurant.

5) She doesn’t own the restaurant.

7) There’s lots of Italian food in town you don’t have to humiliate yourself for.

Shall we elaborate? Why not?

To begin with, Giada De Laurentiis is a brand. A brand carefully calculated to extract the maximum amount of dollars off the credulous public.

She isn’t a restaurateur and has never owned one.

She still doesn’t own one. (see below)

(One also questions her bona fides about having worked in restaurant kitchens, since, as a child of celebrity, we think she hardly was slaving away to make a living.)

ELV (being himself to the menu born) appreciates how Giada has had to pull herself up by her bootstraps to make it in this cold cruel world. We understand that the demands of being married to a famous designer, and having a famous grandfather, and actor/producer parents and having people throw themselves at your feet because of your lobster arancini can be a trying, difficult existence.

We also understand that having a big hotel like Caesars throw millions of dollars at you in order to capitalize on your celebrity can be arduous. (We asked Caesars how much they paid her to use her name and received no response.)

Everyone in town knows the drill by now: big name chef or celeb gets courted, paid anywhere from 1-5 mil, and has the casino build out everything for them and operate the restaurant with its employees. After the initial press blitz, they then waltz in for photo ops 3-4 times a year (as obligated by contract) and to impress the beggars at the banquet, i.e. the local press.

Make no mistake — Giada and her money men have no skin in this game. Neither does Gordon Ramsay. Same is true for all of the celeb joints at Caesars and MGM properties. Venetian/Palazzo restaurants are different, as they are just like tenants in a mall — with the mall owner, i.e. the casino being a partner and taking a share of the proceeds.

(FYI: We also asked Caesars what the deal was with Giada, and, as usual, they declined to comment — for fear, no doubt, that if anyone looks behind the curtain, all they’ll see is a bunch of union cooks, instead of anyone associated with the “celebrity” they’re paying through the nose to use as a brand name.)

So, to recap, you have a food “personality” who licenses her name to a casino, who will pretend she’s a hands-on operator, when, in fact, all she’s there to do is make p.r. appearances, pose for pictures, and try to convince the gullible tourists that she’s actually involved in something in which she is not.

On the plus side, we’re sure she’s a lovely person who deserves all the fame and fortune that comes her way. But, as former Texas Governor Ann Richards said about George Bush Jr.: “He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.”

Don’t make the mistake of thinking little Miss De Laurentiis — born amidst melted chocolate and whipped egg whites — has actually baked (or is baking) the whole soufflé.

And don’t forget for one second that if she wasn’t good looking — with an accent that can melt butter and a jaw line that could cut Parmigiano-Reggiano — no one would give a tinker’s dam about her family recipes.

* Eating Las Vegas has nothing against celebrity chefs, but invariably, the ones famous for being chefs before they become celebrities bring more to the party cf. every famous French chef on the planet.


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"All the details of the restaurant are near and dear to my heart. My family was a big inspiration and you can see their influence in the art, decor and dishes."

The restaurant is located on the second floor of the hotel and can accommodate 300 diners in the dining room, lounge and terrace, with views of iconic sites like the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace.

Opened this spring, The Cromwell is a $185 million renovation of Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, with 188 rooms and suites, a 40,000 square-foot casino and a nightclub.


Giada Menus

With different menus for brunch and dinner, and a tasting menu at each meal, including dessert, Giada’s restaurant has a wide selection of menu options.

Brunch Menus

Antipasti with Caesar Salad and Assorted Pastries Giada’s Salmon Cakes Benedict

Dinner Menus

Giada de Laurentiis is famous for her Lemon Ricotta Cookies, so you can’t go wrong with these raspberry sorbet lemon ricotta cookie sandwiches. Not too sweet, and perfectly refreshing!

Limoncello Souffle


Food Network Chef Restaurants Las Vegas

Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis is a famous celebrity chef for her Food Network shows Everyday Italian, Giada In Italy, Giada Entertains, and Giada at Home, along with numerous others. Today, she is an Emmy Award-winning television personality, cookbook author, NBC Today Show contributor, and restauranteur with a successful presence in Las Vegas.

Giada

Giada, located in the Cromwell, is Italian cuisine with just a touch of culinary influence from beautiful, sunny California. Giada’s is a warm, welcoming space that’s perfect for enjoying a meal with friends or simply celebrating life with a delicious meal. Plus, there are incredible views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Giada’s dinner menu features Italian classics, like Bucatini with fresh ricotta, Seafood Branzino, and a selection of antipasti. Some might argue, but we think where Giada really stands out is their brunch menu served every Saturday & Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm. The Caprese Fritatta and Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Pancakes stand out as favorites.

Giada is open for dinner from 5 pm – 10 pm every day except Tuesday and Wednesday. They are open for brunch from 9 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Pronto by Giada

Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace is the perfect spot when you just want a little quick something in the city but don’t want to fall into the fast-food trap. Whether it’s brunch, a few bites of creamy gelato to cool off from the Vegas heat, or to share a glass of wine with a friend (there are more than 40 to choose from), Pronto is a beautiful morning or afternoon escape.

Pronto is open daily from 7 am – 4 pm.

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri is an Emmy Award-winning Food Network television personality, whose vibrant personality made him a household favorite for his show Diner, Drive-Ins, Dives. His television presence has grown, and so has his status as a successful restaurateur. Check out his popular restaurants in Las Vegas.

Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar

Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar is his most famous restaurant in Las Vegas. This might be because his personality is infused in every inch of the place. From the decor that incorporates Guy Fieri’s tattoos to the warm, industrial feel and over-the-top food, Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar is as memorable as the man himself.

When you make a stop here, there are a couple of items on the menu that are too notorious for passing up, like the Trash Can Nachos. These nachos are presented in a trash can and piled high with pulled pork, pickled onions, black beans, BBQ sauce, and all sorts of messy goodness.

Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar is located in the LINQ and is open Monday-Thursday from 5 pm – 9:30 pm and 10 am -10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Sunday hours are 10 am – 9:30 pm.

More Celebrity Chef Restaurants by Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen is a takeout-only restaurant that has been a lifeline for foodies needing their fix while Covid closures and restrictions had so much of Las Vegas closed down. The menu features uber-flavorful, shareable appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, and some decadent sweetness to tie it all together.

Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay has been a part of the Food Network family for more than 25 years, but there is much more to this celebrity chef than what happens on the screen. He has an undying passion for incredible, innovative food, which shines through in his Las Vegas restaurant locations.

Amalfi

Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill has long-standing success at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. This year, he says goodbye to Mesa Grill and welcome’s his new restaurant, Amalfi, by Bobby Flay. Set to open soon this year, Amalfi brings coastal Italian cuisine to the Vegas dining experience. A fresh seafood counter will be a central focus of this contemporary yet warm dining scene.

Stay tuned to learn more about Amali’s gland opening, hours, and debut menu.

More Celebrity Restaurants by Bobby Flay

Flay also owns Shark in the Palms Casino Resort and Bobby’s Burger Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. To each, he brings his unique culinary innovation. At Shark, guests are treated to seafood and sushi with more than just a touch of Latin influence.

Bobby’s Burger Palace serves up America’s favorite food. Thick, juicy burgers are served in a variety of ways, with your choice of beef, chicken, turkey, or veggie patties. Ask about the burger and shake flavors of the month.

Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse is a James Beard award-winning chef with a career that spans more than four decades. Many know him from his Food Network cooking shows, where he made popular the use of a few signature catchphrases, like Bam!, and also for his special “Essence” spice blend. In Vegas, you can taste his creations at one of his Las Vegas restaurants.

Delmonico Steakhouse

Delmonico Steakhouse is Emeril Lagasse’s take on the American steakhouse, that’s also reminiscent of the past, to a time when people lingered over dinner and cocktails in elegant dining rooms. Delmonico Steakhouse pays tribute to that.

Located in the Venetian, Delmonico offers lunch and dinner, along with desserts, and well-curated beer, wine, and cocktail menus. Delmonico has become a bit of a Vegas tradition where guests can savor Emeril’s signature dishes like pan-seared foie gras and chateaubriand.

Delmonico Steakhouse is open daily from 530 pm – 10 pm.

Emerils New Orleans Fish House

Emeril brings his love of creole and fresh seafood to the MGM Grand of MGM Resorts International. At this New Orleans-style fish house, guests enjoy market-fresh fish, steaks, and more, all with Emeri’s special flair and passion for flavor.

The vibrant atmosphere at Emerils New Orleans Fish House is perfect for enjoying creole dishes, including Carolina Gold Jambalaya and classic Gumbo.

Emeril’s location in the MGM Grand is open Monday-Friday, 5 pm – 9:30 pm, and 12 pm – 9:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday.


Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis is taking her brand to the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip for the very first time. Online culinary school students know her as the author of such cookbooks as “Everyday Italian,” “Everyday Pasta” and “Giada’s Family Dinners,” and she is teaming up with Ganesvoort Resorts and Caesars Entertainment to provide a twist on Italian cuisine that the strip has not yet seen. Known for mixing up traditional Italian cooking with a Californian sense of style and flair, De Laurentiis and her partners believe that the venture has the potential to be a local favorite. Despite facing tough competition, she knows her signature dishes and home-like vibe will keep patrons enchanted and coming back for more.

“I want to bring what people will expect from me, my Italian food with a California spin,” she told USA Today. “The visual will be clean lines that you will find in a modern Milan osteria rather than the classic rustic Italian feel that people have come to know and love.”

The venue is something that De Laurentiis has dreamed of ever since she was a child. The resort and restaurant boasts an al fresco dining area, and since it is located on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo, it comes with a spectacular view of all the best sights and sounds the city can offer, including spectacular seats to see the dancing fountains of the Bellagio. You might even catch a glimpse of the red mountains of Vegas with the right weather conditions. Not one to jump into the hard-nosed business of running a restaurant in one of the most competitive locations in the world, De Laurentiis took her time choosing the location and believed that the timing was right to open up her own dining establishment.

“You can’t beat the view that we’re going to have,” she told USA Today. “I wanted a space in the sense that I could do whatever I wanted in the space. It wasn’t just about giving it a fresh coat of paint or new carpeting, but I actually designed the restaurant of my dreams.”

Giada is a trained culinary chef who started off her career in Los Angeles restaurants before being contacted by the Food Network and Food and Wine Magazine in 2002. Soon after she achieved national exposure through her Emmy-award winning daytime cooking show, “Everyday Italian.”


Giada De Laurentiis restaurant opens in Las Vegas

After hosting several food TV shows, penning lifestyle and cookery books and a stint as a caterer, popular US celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis has opened the doors to her first brick and mortar restaurant in Las Vegas.

Giada opened this week at The Cromwell Las Vegas, billed as the first boutique hotel on the Strip, where diners tuck into homestyle, Italian fare like lemon spaghetti, roasted chicken cacciatore-style, chicken Marsala meatballs, a bone-in Tuscan ribeye and lemon ricotta cookies -- foods that reflect her Roman and Californian heritage.

"When guests come to Giada, I want them to feel like they are coming to my house for dinner," said De Laurentiis.

"All the details of the restaurant are near and dear to my heart. My family was a big inspiration and you can see their influence in the art, decor and dishes.”

The restaurant is located on the second floor of the hotel and can accommodate 300 diners in the dining room, lounge and terrace, with views of iconic sites like the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace.

Opened this spring, The Cromwell is a $185 million renovation of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, with 188 rooms and suites, a 40,000 square-foot (3,716 square meters) casino and a nightclub.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which owns The Cromwell, is fond of tapping popular US food TV celebrities to develop their restaurants.

In addition to De Laurentiis, the company also enlisted Guy Fieri to open a restaurant at the Quad Resort & Casino and recently announced three more projects with the star of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" in Atlantic City, Baltimore and Laughlin, Nevada.


Giada Restaurant Food

Giada with the Kitchen Staff. Giada Restaurant, Las Vegas. Photo © Michael Turek

Board of Rosemary Focaccia Bread in Le Creuset Red Petite Cocotts, Flatbread and Grissini. Giada Restaurant, Las Vegas

The Giada menu is &ldquoItalian cuisine with Californian influences&rdquo, including &ldquolemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, marsala herb chicken meatballs, rosemary focaccia, lemon flatbread and vegetable Bolognese rigatoni&rdquo. Family-style, vegan, and gluten-free options are also available, as well as an antipasto station. Restaurant guests can watch chefs prepare food from the &ldquoopen kitchen&rdquo although most preparation seems to occur behind closed doors. I was rather taken with the appearance of the Le Creuset red petite cocotts but the focaccia that filled them was rather less so, I prefer my focaccia more dense and I tasted no Rosemary, maybe a California thing. Also, I really could not taste the lemon in the flatbread. Each table is served one of these boards of warm rosemary focaccia, Parmesan flatbread and Grissini (bread sticks) with lemon mascarpone butter, pesto, chile flakes and salt.

Giada's Favorites Antipasti Platter. Giada Restaurant. Cromwell Casino, Las Vegas

I invited my good friends Lou, Steve and his significant other to celebrate the New Year with me at Giada (Lisa could not attend). I have made a New Years resolution to sample more of the celebrated restaurants in Las Vegas and our son Matthew had given a &ldquothumbs up&rdquo for Giada. We began with a platter of antipasti, named appropriately &ldquoGiada's Favorites&rdquo. Among the individually priced items were baby peppers stuffed with goat cheese (the best of the plate), marinated olives, wood roasted wild mushrooms (no taste of the smoke or wood), caponata (Sicilian sweet and sour version of ratatouille), cipollini agrodolce (sweet and sour onions), bacon wrapped dates with spicy Italian sausage & gorgonzola crema (very dry and I did not see the crema), Finocchiona salami, Prosciutto de Parma, Gorganzola dolce and I think seared tenderloin with madras curry aïoli, potato chip and pickle. As antipasti go, these were just good, perhaps a little inconsistent for pretty basic Italian starters and really not enough for four people.

Caprese Salad with Buffalo Ciliegine Mozzarella, Heirloom Cherry Tomato and Vincotto. Giada Restaurant, Las Vegas

Tricolore Salad: Prosciutto, Gorgonzala, Dates, Walnuts, Tuscan Kale, Yellow Endive and Radicchio. Giada Restaurant, Las Vegas

Butternut Squash Purée with Crispy Prosciutto, Amaretti Cookie Crumble, Noble 5 Sherry Vinegar. Giada Restaurant, Las Vegas

For appetizers, we decided on the butternut squash soup (very good but tiny portion), Tricolore salad with Prosciutto, Gorgonzala, Dates, Walnuts, Tuscan Kale, Yellow Endive and Radicchio (huge but overdressed) and the Caprese Salad with cherry tomatoes (good but small). I like beefsteak tomatoes with a Caprese salad and I usually get them three to four times bigger. Plating seems to be the point, with beautiful colors but very small portions. As a photographer I can appreciate the sumptuous appearance of the dishes but as a diner there was just not enough food.

Surf and Turf 7oz Filet with Two Large Prawns, Port Wine Sauce, Creamy Gorgonzola Gnocchi and Baby Carrots. Giada Restaurant, Las Vegas

Surf and Turf 7oz Filet with Two Large Prawns, Port Wine Sauce, Creamy Gorgonzola Gnocchi and Baby Carrots. Giada Restaurant, Las Vegas

Rack of Lamb, Mustard Crusted on Lentils. Giada Restaurant, Las Vegas

For the main courses two of us had rack of lamb which was served on a bed of lentils and was expertly cooked while the others had &ldquosurf and turf&rdquo with gnocchi. The surf consisted of two rather small shrimp/prawns and a well cooked small 7 oz filet. I tasted the gnoichi and they were light and fluffy, obviously made by hand with a fork, unfortunately not enough of them. Not a huge thing but the smallest filet I have ordered was 8 oz and I usually get one larger than that. I will say, the lamb chops were among the best I have ever had and the serving size was perfectly appropriate.

Chocolate Tart. Giada Restaurant. Cromwell Casino, Las Vegas

For desert we had the chocolate tart with decaf expresso. The desert was the best part of the meal. I would have had the Zeppoles but I don't think they were on the menu that evening although I could be mistaken.


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One chef will win a coveted position at a new restaurant on the Las Vegas strip.

Host Anne Burrell, as seen on Vegas Chef Prizefight, Season 1.

Culinary dreams come true in the new series Vegas Chef Prizefight, where the next generation of elite chefs will face the toughest job interview of their lives for the opportunity to be named Head Chef at the brand-new $10 million dollar restaurant at the Flamingo Las Vegas, right on the Las Vegas strip.

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Restaurant experts Scott Conant and Regional President of Caesars Entertainment Eileen Moore join Anne in every drama-filled episode, along with other special guests, to determine who moves closer to the ultimate job offer. Vegas Chef Prizefight premieres Thursday, March 5th at 10|9c!