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Bliss for brunch: Giada makes every weekend a special occasion

The lobster hash at Giada’s brunch service.

Mas-car-PONE-ay! Spuh-GET-tee! Lemon REE-COAT-ta cookies! Chef Giada De Laurentiis’ pronunciation of some of her signature dishes is as charming, fresh and light as the flavors of the brunch menu at her first-ever restaurant at the Cromwell on the Las Vegas Strip.

Giada does brunch Saturdays and Sundays, and while the regular lunch menu also is available then—antipasti, salads, sandwiches and pasta—it would be pazzo not to partake in the brunch tasting menu. The pre-fixe four-course option includes an assortment of pastries served with lemon butter and raspberry jam, an antipasti platter with Benedict-style deviled eggs, mini crostinis and entrée selections of Italian chicken and waffles with cacciatore sauce, salmon-cake Benedict or baked sausage and eggplant lasagna.

Absolutely save room for dessert, perhaps the best part. Choose from limoncello soufflé with buttermilk gelato, a leaning tower of chocolate and espresso, or the lemon ricotta cookie ice cream sandwich with raspberry and buttermilk gelato.

Our must-have choices are the savory salmon-cake Benedict over a bed of perfectly sautéed spinach, the juicy chicken with the sassy cacciatore sauce and a crispy parmesan-and-chive polenta waffle, the light limoncello soufflé and the divine ice cream sandwich. There is always room for lemon and limoncello.

Add Giada’s peerless views of the Strip and limitless mimosas, and it’s a brunch that De Laurentiis herself would declare, “Mag-KNEE-fico!” Brunch at Giada at the Cromwell, 855-442-3271, Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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