She has a last name, but she barely needs one. She is Giada, and she’s coming to Las Vegas.
Caesars Entertainment announced this morning that chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis will open her first restaurant at the Gansevoort, currently under construction in the former location of Bill’s Gamblin' Hall.
Expected to open early next year, De Laurentiis’ eponymous restaurant—Giada—will be an anchor of the resort’s second floor and will feature Strip and fountain views and a menu that marries the chef’s native Italian cuisine with California-style cooking. Expect dishes showcased on her TV shows and in her cookbooks, along with an open kitchen, housemade bread and an antipasto station.
The eatery will join Victor Drai’s beach club and afterhours lounge at the boutique Gansevoort, and will indeed be the first restaurant from De Laurentiis, who grew up in her grandfather’s restaurant, DDL Foodshow. She attended culinary school in Paris, then worked at Spago and the Ritz-Carlton in LA before making her name as a Food Network personality. Today, her culinary empire includes cookbooks and a product line at Target, but until now, she’s steered clear of running her own restaurant.
"Ever since I was a little girl hanging out at my grandfather's restaurant, I've dreamed of having a restaurant of my own,” De Laurentiis said via release. “I've held back on past opportunities because I really wanted to be ready for the responsibility and challenges that come with a restaurant. Now, I couldn't be more excited about working with Gansevoort Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment to turn this dream into a delicious reality.”