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Get a taste of Giada’s new brunch menu

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Unleashing a stellar brunch menu has been at the top of Giada de Laurentiis’ priority list since her eponymous first restaurant opened last year. It’s been anxiously awaited, by Giada herself but also by we the diners, and not just because the restaurant is so solid and such a perfect setting for a big Vegas brunch.

Chef de cuisine Bruno Morabito is the man who built brunch at Bouchon in Las Vegas; in fact, he had to talk Thomas Keller into doing brunch in Las Vegas. Morabito joined Giada’s team last year to do the same, although no one needed to convince her that brunch is the way to go. She collaborated with the kitchen crew to create a four-course brunch tasting menu option ($45), along with new à la carte dishes. After a sneak-peek tasting, we predict Giada will become the next big brunch hot spot.

Giada The Cromwell, 702-777-3777. Brunch begins October 10; Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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      Pastries Build your own basket from favorite flavors, but don’t leave out the heavenly orange sticky bun, the mind-bogglingly savory bacon corn muffin, the classic ricotta cheese Danish or the banana muffin with fresh chunks of banana, streusel topping and mascarpone icing. Sorry, did we just build your basket for you? (one pastry for $4, five for $15)

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      Sunrise Polenta Waffle Incredibly crispy and fluffy with a rich, light-corn flavor, these might be the best waffles in the city. This one’s topped with sunny side-up eggs, pancetta and chives, and served with béchamel and maple syrup. ($18)

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      Salmon Cake Benedict This classic Giada recipe was grabbed from the breakfast menu. Perfect poached eggs are mounted on crisp, meaty cakes with sautéed spinach, a super-satisfying dish. Brunch bonus: There’s Prosecco in the hollandaise. ($21)

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      Lobster Hash Onion confit, zucchini and sweet peppers mingling with the mini-potatoes freshen up this hash, which is loaded with slabs of Nueske’s bacon and sweet chunks of lobster. Get everything in one bite with runny egg yolk on grilled sourdough toast, and your head may explode. ($34)

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      Italian Chicken & Waffle This is the dish everyone will order, but it’s not what you’re expecting. That lovely waffle returns, augmented with Parmesan and chives, riding shotgun with spicy, crispy fried chicken you can either cover in the roasted veggie-laden cacciatore sauce or douse with syrup. Don’t forget the lemon butter for your waffle. ($29)

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