Vegas Seven first reported the rumor in April that a new restaurant by Giada De Laurentiis would take the place of François Payard’s patisserie and bistro at Caesars Palace and those mumblings finally have been confirmed. The television personality announced October 11 that she will debut Pronto, a fast-casual concept, in early 2018. Payard will close at the end of the month.
“As much as I come from the fine dining world when I started cooking in Paris, I realize that most people can’t eat that way on a regular basis,” De Laurentiis says. “I wanted to give them a taste of what it would be like to have California-Giada-Italian food but at a lot cheaper price and a lot quicker.”
Located adjacent to Bacchanal Buffet and Mr Chow, Pronto will have quick-serve breakfast, lunch and dinner options for those who are on the go or looking for a casual meal. Counter, bar and lounge seating will be available. An extensive coffee program—think nitro, fresh brews and foam art—wine-on-tap and cocktails will flow. Menu items will include breakfast sandwiches and smoothies; fresh-pressed Paninis, salads and sandwiches like the chef’s signature lobster roll and gooey grilled cheese; and platters of antipasti, cheese and salami. Fear not, De Laurentiis’ decadent lemon ricotta cookies, gelato and sorbetto, and cakes sold by the slice, will round out the sweets.
Giada in The Cromwell, the television personality’s only restaurant, has been on the scene three years and has become one of Las Vegas’ hottest tables and most profitable restaurants. “Gary [Selesner, Caesars Palace Regional President] and I have talked for quite a while,” she says. “It took me a while to get a team together [and to] even think about something else because I had never done this before. [Now], my kitchen staff feels comfortable and secure enough to actually give it another go.”
Much like her space across the street, Pronto will take cues from Giada’s home—wood and marble accents with pops of color from Italian-inspired tile—and will be envisioned by Charlotte-based Starr Design.