It seems automatic. A no-brainer. A piece of cake, or more specifically, a fresh batch of citrus-infused zeppoles.
Of course Giada de Laurentiis, one of the most popular food personalities in the world, should open her very first restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip. Of course the style and cuisine of the ever-smiling dynamo you know from TV’s Today, Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, Food Network Star and multiple New York Times-bestselling cookbooks, would be a smash-hit, out-of-the-park home run. Of course Giada fits perfectly among the many, many celebrity chefs whose names and restaurants litter almost every casino on Las Vegas Boulevard. Auto. Matic.
Giada the restaurant, which opened a year ago at the refashioned Cromwell boutique resort at the heart of the Strip, is an unequivocal success. For most of the past year, it was the toughest table in the city, packed for dinner every night. The space is vast, warm and relaxing; giant windows and awe-inspiring views of the Bellagio’s fountains don’t hurt. The food is delicious and even indulgent if you want it to be, yet light and delicate. It’s unlike any other Italian restaurant in the city, and that makes sense because Giada is unlike any other chef in Las Vegas. Maybe not in the way you think.