Giada reveals details of her new Las Vegas restaurant

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Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis is getting ready to open her first restaurant at The Cromwell hotel June 4. Today, she unveiled the design and menu details for the self-titled restaurant, Giada.

The nearly 300-seat restaurant will be located on the second floor of the hotel, facing the bustling corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, offering guests amazing views.

De Laurentiis said she had looked at spaces in Las Vegas before but never found the right one until she visited The Cromwell. “I walked the space, I walked out, I looked at the view and said ‘this is my space,’” she said. “If you come for nothing else in this restaurant you will flip for the view.”

The terrace will showcase views of the Bellagio fountains, Caesars Palace and Bally’s Las Vegas through seven custom 12-foot by 10-foot remote-controlled hydraulic windows wrapping around the perimeter of the restaurant. The windows will open, allowing for a uniquely al fresco dining experience.

De Laurentiis wanted to create an ambience of home in her restaurant. “I want this to be a personal experience as if they are coming to my house and having dinner with me,” she said.

The design will be warm and soft with feminine touches, soft lighting and living-room style furniture. Design elements will include a hand blown, rose gold tinted chandelier, which not only lights the room but serves as an art piece. Rose gold can also be seen in the hand-selected dishware and lining the custom-made dessert cart.

The restaurant will also feature framed family portraits and a selection of movie posters from De Laurentiis’ grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis’ career.

As guests enter the restaurant, they’ll smell fresh baking bread and see food being prepared in an exhibition kitchen.

The menu will will embrace De Laurentiis’ Roman heritage, mirroring her passion for Italian cooking with Californian influences. There will be an antipasti bar and signature dishes will include lemon spaghetti, lobster arancini, pea pesto crostini, Marsala herb chicken meatballs and lemon ricotta cookies.

De Laurentiis is also planning an Italian-style dim sum brunch on Sundays. Carts will be rolled around to each table and guests can choose small plates of their favorite foods.

The restaurant will serve specialty cocktails inspired by and named for Giada’s grandfather’s films like “The Barbarella” and “The Serpico.” There will also be a strong wine list with Italian and California favorites as well as French varietals and some unusual wines with affordable by-the-glass prices.

“I really want to make this restaurant something that doesn’t intimidate people,” De Laurentiis said. “ I feel like a lot of restaurants in Vegas are quite intimidating when you get in there…I want people to feel warm and I want them to feel happy being there and I want them to feel empowered.”

Giada will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and until 11 p.m. on weekends. The lounge will be open until midnight.

 

Kristine McKenzie

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