Warm and inviting yet effortlessly glamorous, Giada de Laurentiis’ first restaurant, naturally named "Giada," reflects the Every Day Italian star’s rustic-chic sensibilities to a tee.
Located inside Las Vegas’ first luxury boutique hotel, The Cromwell, Giada opened its doors during a lavish reception on Monday night, which featured delectable hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails and Giada-inspired touches at every turn.
Like all of the celebrity chef’s ventures, the pint-sized beauty put her own twist on every last detail of what she dubs her “labour of love”– from the artwork on display (hand-selected by Giada and based on the art she has hanging in her own home) to the Missoni-inspired fabrics, to the rose-gold accents — a colour inspired by Sinatra and old Hollywood, which the 43-year-old restauranteur says “makes everything look beautiful.”
Despite the restaurant’s impressive size and scope (it can serve up to 300 guests and boasts three separate dining spaces), the Food Network host says she wants people to feel like they’re enjoying a home-cooked meal when they come to eat at Sin City's newest hotspot.
“I wanted it really, truly to be an extension of my home,” said Giada, who dazzled at the opening in a grey Cushnie Et Ochs dress with cutouts and debuted a new Natural Instincts hair colour.
“The only way to do that is to put all the things you find at my house here, so that people really feel like they’ve come over for dinner.”
Unlike many Vegas restaurants, which are hidden under a dark maze of casinos, the second-floor location offers sweeping views of the strip, including the breathtaking Bellagio fountains, while a wall of windows give the space an al fresco feel.
Signature cocktails include a twist on the sweet and tangy Pisco Sour called the G – with the restaurant's signature cursive "G" spelled out on the whipped egg topping in bitters.
Then, of course, there’s the food. Italian cuisine mixed with Giada’s signature Southern Californian flare, guests can watch chefs prepare fresh pasta and smell the irresistible baked breads directly from the open kitchen, which also features an antipasto bar — a first for an upscale Italian eatery on the strip.
Despite it just having opened, Giada is already the hottest ticket in town and is all but booked up for the month of June.
"I don’t think I could have created this restaurant anywhere but Vegas," said Giada proudly. "I’m looking to entertain people as well as feed them. And I don’t know that you could do that kind of entertainment anywhere else and take it seriously."