Giada Las Vegas: What You'll Be Eating (Photos)
With its big debut this month, Giada De Laurentiis' new Las Vegas restaurant, Giada, is everything she said it would be. There are incredible sweeping views of the Strip and the Bellagio fountains from most seats in the house. There's lemon chicken, pea crositini and drinks named after movies her grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, produced. The restaurant was built on the second floor of a former parking garage. From the antipasti bar to the open floor-to-ceiling windows, it's an anchor to the new Cromwell boutique hotel. With its natural woods, cream-colored furniture, photos and imported tiles around the space, you truly get the feeling that you're in the celebrity chef's own home, which is exactly what she was going for.
It was one of the biggest openings in Vegas this summer, and practically sold out when the reservation lines opened. That's because De Laurentiis herself has such a rabid fan base. People want to see if they can finally get a taste of her spah-geh-tee that they've been watching her prepare on countless Food Network shows for years. There's even a photo booth to take a keepsake picture and post directly to social media. Who knows, maybe Giada will even be there and get in the booth with you.
As she's mentioned, De Laurentiis can't be there all of the time, but she has been at the restaurant making sure things are running exactly how she wants them to be — even if that means compromising with the Caesars bigwigs who own it. She doesn't want this to just be a restaurant with her name on it. Every herb, pasta twirl and truffle on top of her pizzettes is done according to her vision. Hopefully it can stay that way. Take a look around below.