Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis to open Las Vegas restaurant

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis will open her first restaurant at the Gansevoort Las Vegas hotel, which is under construction and scheduled to open in early 2014.

Her restaurant, called Giada, will feature al fresco dining with views of the Strip and the Bellagio fountains.

The cuisine will embrace her passion for Italian cooking with lighter California influences. Guests will enjoy De Laurentiis’ signature dishes, family recipes and a signature antipasto station. An open kitchen will let diners watch chefs prepare specialty pastas, flatbreads and desserts.

“Giada is a gem,” said Caesars Entertainment Regional Vice President of Food and Beverage Jeffrey Frederick in a press release. “She’s the first female celebrity chef to join the Caesars Entertainment family in Las Vegas and will fit right in with our lineup of many renowned chefs including Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy. Finally fans will experience firsthand Giada’s style and sophistication via her restaurant’s ambiance and cuisine.”

De Laurentiis cultivated her Italian cuisine in the kitchen of her grandfather’s restaurant and later began her career at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.  De Laurentiis has starred in many shows on Food Network and is also a correspondent on NBC’s “Today.” She is the author of six cookbooks, all of which have charted on the New York Times best-seller list.

De Laurentiis’ restaurant will be a completely new build-out with a modern, sleek design and pops of color. Los Angeles-based Studio Collective, whose portfolio includes Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills and Hyde Lounge at The Staples Center, will lead the overall design. The restaurant space will extend over the pedestrian walkway below, featuring large glass windows with daytime and nighttime views of the Strip. Posh living room-style furniture will provide a space for guests to relax and private dining room space will also be available for larger parties or group functions.

The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner and will accommodate nearly 300 guests.



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