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Let’s get this out of the way first: Giada DeLaurentiis is Kitchen Royalty. No matter that she is the granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis, or the gorgeous daughter of Italian film stars, or a global TV celebrity with her own show on the Food Network called Giada at Home. Let’s focus on her food and incredible talents, shall we?
Giada DeLaurentiis is a Cordon Bleu trained chef, with early experience cooking in the restaurants of such luminaries as Wolfgang Puck’s Spago. Now a celebrated chef in her own right, she opened her signature restaurant Giada at The Cromwell Las Vegas in 2014 to rave reviews. We had heard amazing things about her simple California-inspired Italian cuisine, and had to try Giada Vegas for ourselves.
The kids love pasta, and my Sicilian family would be proud to know I make pasta often from recipes they taught me while growing up in their kitchens. My mom was an amazing home cook, making Italian dishes based on her own memories passed down through generations. Plus we’ve been to Italy and sampled the real thing from the Old Country. Suffice to say, we know what good pasta tastes like.
Giada Vegas did not disappoint – on pasta or really on anything else. Everything was spectacular: four thumbs up from the 2DadsWithBaggage crew.
As we entered the restaurant, we were stunned by the gorgeous open kitchen and display of delicious baked breads sitting out to cool. Beside the fresh loaves was an array of delicious meats and cheeses, which are some of the kids’ favorite appetizers. The chefs were preparing dishes on display for guests to view, which always adds a bit of theater to any dining experience. With the bar nearby, it made for a very welcoming scene.
The room is perfectly positioned, radiating from a rounded corner that seems to jut out over the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. We settled into our raised booth looking across towards Caesars Palace and the Bellagio fountains. And here’s the thing: the lighting in this restaurant is PERFECT. Everyone is lit so perfectly that you are just required to take selfies. Honestly, I could live inside this light for the rest of my life and think I was looking damn good.
And the food, oh the food. We started by feasting on delicious homebaked breads, along with a platter of cheeses and sliced Italian salumi. We also sampled Giada’s sumptuous chicken marsala meatballs with roasted wild mushrooms, as well as salads of romaine torn croutons, fried capers & citrus caesar vinaigrette, and a traditional caprese with burrata cheese, arugula & heirloom tomatoes.
For dinner, I dined on Giada’s signature spaghetti with shrimp, lemon & basil – and it was spectacular. I mean spectacular as in craving-it-afterwards-I-had-to-go-back-again-a-few-weeks-later. As in, I googled the recipe for Giada’s lemon spaghetti with shrimp recipe and tried to make it at home. That is saying a LOT. It was that good.
Triton enjoyed his filet with morel mushrooms, white asparagus, parmesan potato cake & salmoriglio (a sauce of lemon, rosemary, garlic and thyme). The girls slurped down their bucatini pomodoro with fresh ricotta, adding orzo meatballs for good measure.
Really a delicious meal – we cannot wait to go back. And back again. Nice work Giada! You would make my Sicilian Nana proud.
13 thoughts on “Giada Vegas: Restaurant Deliciousness”
Giada Vegas sounds like a great place to eat especially since I love Italian food. Like you, I would go for Giada’s signature spaghetti with shrimp, lemon & basil-it sounds so good!
I love the cozy sitting and the comfortable lighting and decor of this place. I hope they do have some nice vegetarian dishes for me to try. Your platter looks so beautiful
Wow, that food looks amazing. I’ve never been crazy about the idea of Vegas but the more I learn, the more I think I could enjoy it for a few days!!
I would find plenty of things to try on their menu. The lemon spaghetti with shrimp would certainly be one.
I reminds me it’s been ages since went to any restaurant. Thanks for the inspiration. No chance of getting any lemon spaghetti with shrimp though 🙂
Sounds delicious!! I love how flavourful her recipes are. I wish I’d known her restaurant was in Vegas – I was just there! But … next time!
I love Italian food. I’m vegan and love that Italian food can easily be adapted to fit my needs. I’ve never been to Vegas but i’m dying to go!
Our daughter is vegan too, and they had plenty of choices!
This post made me hungry. I have not had a chance to try Giada’s restaurant yet, but I will make it a point my next trip to Vegas.
Try the lemon shrimp pasta – so amazing!
The Giada Vegas is a classy restaurant with amazing views, of course the food looks and sounds spectacular with a decor and ambience to match.
Aww you guys are the cutest! I’ve never heard of The Giada Vegas, I didn’t even know she had opened up a restaurant out there, but it looks super delicious! Absolutely love your logo also!
Thanks for the complements Kaila!