Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 | 2:58 p.m.
Top TV chef Giada de Laurentiis has just confirmed our June 13 Vegas DeLuxe exclusive report that she will open her first restaurant right on the Strip, on the second floor of the Gansevoort, a new boutique hotel currently being built out of the shell of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon at the crossroads of Bally’s, Bellagio and Caesars Palace on Flamingo Road.
Giada, who stars on the Food Network’s “Everyday Italian” and “Giada at Home,” says the 12,000-square-foot venue with Italian and lighter California influences will open in March with al-fresco dining and views of the Bellagio fountains and mountains. The restaurant with posh living room-style furniture will extend over the pedestrian walkway below and feature large glass windows.
Giada said in a news release: “Ever since I was a little girl hanging out at my grandfather’s restaurant, I’ve dreamed of having a restaurant of my own. 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. The location, the-al fresco dining and the views were just too good to pass up!”
She says that she’ll build her own kitchen and 300-seat dining room from scratch out of the current two-story parking garage rather than converting any existing restaurant facility. Giada says she has begun the process of developing the menu with separate bars for drinks and antipasto, and the dining space will have a brighter and warmer feminine touch.
She promises that her famous family cookbook recipes of lemon spaghetti and butternut squash lasagna will be available, along with fresh-baked breads and a specialty pasta each day that diners can watch being made through the kitchen window.
“Giada is a gem,” said Caesars Entertainment Regional Vice President of Food and Beverage Jeffrey Frederick. “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 renowned chefs, including Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy.”
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