LAS VEGAS—Chef, author, and television personality Giada De Laurentiis plans to open her very first restaurant in early 2014 at the upcoming and all-new luxury lifestyle resort Gansevoort Las Vegas. This innovative concept is expected to open in early 2014 in conjunction with the hotel and casino.
De Laurentiis’ outlet will become the cornerstone of the resort, located on the second level above the casino floor. This outlet will offer al fresco dining and views of the Las Vegas Strip and the Bellagio fountains.
“Ever since I was a little girl hanging out at my grandfather’s restaurant, I’ve dreamed of having a restaurant of my own,” says De Laurentiis. “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!”
De Laurentiis’ cuisine will embrace her birthplace of Rome, mirroring her passion for Italian cooking with lighter, Californian influences. Guests can enjoy her signature dishes made famous through her many cookbooks and “Food Network” television shows, along with uniquely crafted family recipes that focus on quality ingredients and great flavors.
The space will feature an open kitchen, giving guests the opportunity to watch chefs prepare the specialty pasta of the day, create flatbreads, and bake desserts.
With De Laurentiis’ vision in mind, the restaurant will be a completely new build-out, revealing a design with clean lines and pops of color. Los Angeles-based Studio Collective, whose portfolio includes several well-known hospitality venues including Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills and Hyde Lounge at The Staples Center, will lead the overall design. The restaurant space will extend over the pedestrian walkway below, featuring large glass windows with daytime and nighttime views of the Strip. Living room-style furniture will provide a space for guests to relax, and private dining room space will also be available for larger parties or group functions.
“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 many renowned chefs including Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy. Finally fans will experience firsthand Giada’s style and sophistication via her restaurant’s ambiance and cuisine.”
The new restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner and will accommodate nearly 300 guests.