Ever since Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis (from Food Network's Giada at Home) opened her first and only restaurant GIADA at The Cromwell in June 2014, it’s been one of Las Vegas’ most sought-after reservations.
While some people may be quick to dismiss the hype surrounding the striking Strip restaurant as merely a publicity stunt, rest assured that GIADA is more than deserving of all of the rave reviews it’s received.
Inside GIADA restaurant — Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment / The Cromwell Las Vegas
Embracing De Laurentiis’ Roman heritage while simultaneously showcasing her Californian influences, the menu at GIADA is truly one of the best in town, utilizing only the freshest ingredients to create a new take on traditional Italian cuisine.
The restaurant recently expanded its menu offerings to also include breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., so guests can now enjoy the most important meal of the day at Las Vegas’ hottest new restaurant. Gluten-free items are clearly labeled as well, so everyone can enjoy De Laurentiis’ delectable dishes.
Giada's Fresh Pastry Assortment — Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment / The Cromwell Las Vegas
Menu options range from more traditional offerings like the Breakfast American ($18) – with two eggs served any style, lemon smashed potatoes and your choice of sweet sausage meatballs or bacon and toast – to the Strawberry Polenta Waffle ($17) made with fresh strawberries, grilled pineapple and Nutella.
A selection of fresh-pressed juices are available, too, like the Rise & Shine ($9) with spinach, carrots, apples, celery, lemon and ginger. Whatever you decide on, don’t forget to order Giada’s Fresh Pastry Assortment ($15) for the table; the rich chocolate donut is to die for!
In addition to breakfast, GIADA serves lunch, too, a rarity in Las Vegas, as most celebrity chef restaurants are typically only open for dinner. Offered from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the lunch menu at GIADA boasts a selection of salads, sandwiches and pastas, such as the flavorful Lemon Pesto Grilled Cheese made with heirloom tomatoes and served with a side of zucchini scapece or an arugula salad topped with Parmesan. Guests can also add some Prosciutto Dan Daniele to their crust-free sandwich for an additional $6.
A variety of pizzas and antipasti options found on GIADA’s dinner menu are available for lunch as well, including the tasty Baby Sweet Peppers with goat cheese and olive tapenade and the Burrata ($12) with balsamic salt.
The 28-ounce, bone-in Tuscan rib-eye — Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment / The Cromwell Las Vegas
Dinner hours are Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. During dinner, guests can enjoy an expanded selection of items from GIADA’s antipasti bar – the only one on the Strip – as well as an extensive menu of pasta dishes like De Laurentiis’ signature shrimp, lemon and basil spaghetti and crab and scallops Risotto.
Diners can also sink their teeth into a menu of succulent entrées that include the 28-ounce bone-in Tuscan rib-eye ($79) – finished with lemon, a sunnyside up egg and arugula – and the Whole Roasted Chicken for two ($58), made cacciatore style.
As if De Laurentiis’ luscious creations weren’t enough for visitors to feast upon, GIADA also happens to offer guests a breathtaking view of the Strip, with certain seats in the restaurant facing the Fountains of Bellagio.
Even if you aren’t seated by a window, though, GIADA’s warm and inviting interior is simply stunning, giving guests the feeling that they’re dining in De Laurentiis’ home as her personal guest.
While there’s no doubt Las Vegas is home to plenty of wonderful celebrity chef restaurants, for a mouthwatering meal you won’t soon forget, GIADA is unmatched. Nothing on its menu disappoints – not even the Specialty Espressos (try the Orange Mocha Mio with lunch) – making De Laurentiis’ heavily anticipated restaurant well worth the wait.