Giada, start packing your bags. Vegas Seven first reported back in May that celebrity chef and media powerhouse Giada de Laurentiis would open a “second-floor restaurant” in the forthcoming Gansevoort Vegas. Caesars Entertainment has confirmed the news.
“Ever since I was a little girl hanging out at my grandfather’s restaurant, I’ve dreamed of having a restaurant of my own,” De Laurentiis says. “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!”
That the space will feature al fresco views of Bellagio’s fountains, which is fitting given De Laurentiis plans to proffer Italian fare “with lighter, Californian influences.” Here she will finally provide an outlet for the public to taste some of the signature dishes that made her famous as well as some of her personal family recipes. Guests can also watch their food being prepared in the space’s open-air kitchen with dedicated bread-baking and antipasto stations. Charged with the design is L.A.’s Studio Collective (Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills and Hyde Lounge at the Staples Center). Expect “pops of color” and “a modern, clean look.”
At Gansevoort de Laurentiis joins Victor Drai, who has extensive ties to Hollywood and is planning a rooftop beach and afterhours nightclub. Drai is set to open a West Hollywood steakhouse and nightlife concept this fall called Rare on Sunset Boulevard, and he may also open a second watering hole in Bally’s on the Strip.