Celebrated Chef and Food Network Star, Giada De Laurentiis, has brought her own brand of elegance and California-meets-Italian cuisine to her eponymous new restaurant, Giada. It’s not only the city’s hottest new reservation, but also happens to be the first woman owned and branded restaurant on the Las Vegas strip. In the year or so since it opened, I’ve enjoyed several delicious meals there, and have been thrilled with the level of love and attention that has clearly gone into creating the whole dining experience. From the atmosphere to the food, Giada welcomes you into her “new home” with the same warmth and charm she brings to TV viewers every day.

As you enter the gorgeous space, you’ll find a sweeping antipasti case full of classic Italian starters, fresh pasta being made by hand, and at the center of it all, a grand marble pizza oven that Giada imported from Italy—so you know it’s the real deal. The food is both authentic and elevated, and the full-scale menu should tackle any Italian craving you might have, whether it’s for creamy burrata or shrimp and lemon spaghetti—which is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes.

gina-glenn-eatWhen it comes to the decor, I love how Giada has created a cozy eatery that’s as comfortable as it is glamorous. It feels as if she’s inviting the whole world over for dinner and serving it exactly her way. The soaring, light-filled dining room is done in natural woods and sophisticated neutrals with pops of rose-gold—from the glittering signature Gs, to the chic dessert cart stocked with colorful sweets.

The design details are everywhere. On the walls you’ll find custom artwork of Giada, and her grandparents Dino De Laurenttiis and famed Italian actress Silvana Mangano. I also loved seeing the iconic movie posters from Dino’s 60 years as a famed Hollywood producer. To tie it all together, the signature drinks designed by Salvatore Calabrese are all named after De Laurentiis’s most beloved and iconic films, such as Flash Gordon, Barbarella and Blue Velvet.

While Glenn and I stayed at The Cromwell over New Year’s this past year, I snuck down to Giada for breakfast every single day. I’m not a huge “egg style” breakfast fan, so the breakfast pizza really hit the spot! We also booked a fabulous dinner there with friends on New Year’s Day after an unforgettable helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon.

While in Vegas shooting this month’s issue of Divine Living, Glenn and I cozied up in a banquette on Giada’s open air patio. We took in beautiful views of the strip, enjoying a slice of summertime over a glass of rosé and nibbling from the cheese and charcuterie board. And while I may not be a big dessert person, I have to say I love Giada’s peanut butter cookie with blackberry jam and how it allows me to have just a small sweet bite with my macchiato. For more of my personal favorites, take a peak at my ideal dinner menu below, and next time you’re in Las Vegas, don’t miss a meal at Giada!



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