More news on Giada De Laurentiis' first restaurant: The Gansevoort Las Vegas has confirmed that the television star's restaurant is slated to open in early 2014. News of the long-rumored restaurant broke yesterday when there was an accidental leak on the Gansevoort's website. The name of the restaurant is still not confirmed, though it might be simply called Giada's.
Laurentiis tells the LA Times that she was approached by the Ganesvoort in February. She says that she has had other offers before but that she had "never found the right spot." She says she has "been thinking about [a restaurant] for a really, really long time."
The press release below reveals more details about the restaurant. The cuisine will "embrace [De Laurentiis'] birthplace of Rome, mirroring her passion for Italian cooking with lighter, Californian influences," and the menu will feature "signature dishes made famous through her many cookbooks and 'Food Network' television shows." The menu will feature daily pasta specials and flatbreads. There will also be a "signature antipasto station," and for what it's worth it will be the first signature antipasto station on the Strip.
Regarding interior design, De Laurentiis says to the LA Times that she'd "like my feminine touch on this restaurant," and assures that the interior will not feel "darker, colder" like "a lot of restaurants." To that end, the design will feature "pops of color" and "posh living room-style furniture" along with an open kitchen. Eater Vegas reports the restaurant will have roughly 300 seats with 150 in the dining room, 100 in the bar and lounge area, and additional space at a chef's table and private dining room.
In the press release below, De Laurentiis further explains her decision to open a restaurant: "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." Stay tuned.
Chef Giada De Laurentiis to Open Very First Restaurant at Gansevoort Las Vegas, Set to Open Early 2014
LAS VEGAS (Aug. 21, 2013) – 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.
Located in the heart of the dynamic city of Las Vegas, De Laurentiis' outlet will become the cornerstone of the hip and luxurious destination, located on the second level above the casino floor. This outlet will boast al fresco dining and breathtaking 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.
Guests will be greeted with delicious aromas of bread baking along with a signature antipasto station, a first for Italian eateries on the Strip. The appeal of an open and airy kitchen will set the space apart giving guests the opportunity to watch chefs prepare the specialty pasta of the day, create beautiful flatbreads and bake divine desserts.
"Gansevoort Las Vegas will be a completely unique boutique resort experience and will bring a new level of social excitement to the Las Vegas Strip. Drai's Beach Club and Nightclub, Drai's After Hours, the signature lobby bar, and now Giada's very first restaurant, are certain to set the destination apart," said Tariq Shaukat, chief marketing officer for Caesars Entertainment. "Giada's exuberant warm personality and dynamic style will undoubtedly result in a restaurant that will not only be a perfect match for the experience we are creating, but also will become a destination in itself."
With De Laurentiis' vision in mind, the restaurant will be a completely new build-out, revealing a modern, yet sleek design with clean lines and pops of color. Los Angeles-based Studio Collective, whose prestigious 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. The overall design will bring forth a comfortable, warm and welcoming charm with natural light and unique energy. Posh living room-style furniture will provide a cozy space for guests to relax, while views of the open kitchen from the bar will create an air of excitement. 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.