More good news for Vegas-bound foodies: Chef, author and television personality Giada De Laurentiis has announced plans to open her very first restaurant in early 2014 at the soon-to-debut Gansevoort Las Vegas. The "concept" (fancy restaurants are called concepts, now) is expected to open in early 2014 in conjunction with the hotel and casino.
The restaurant will be located on the second level above the casino floor, with al fresco dining and views of the Las Vegas Strip and the Bellagio fountains. Inside, it will have a signature antipasto station, a first for Italian eateries on the Strip, as well as an open kitchen that lets guests watch chefs prepare dishes.
"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 said in a statement. “I've held back on past opportunities because I really wanted to be ready for the responsibility and challenges that come with a restaurant [but] the location, the al fresco dining and the views were just too good to pass up!"
De Laurentiis’ cuisine will combine Roman fare with lighter, Californian influences. Guests can try her signature dishes made famous through her cookbooks and “Food Network” television shows, along with uniquely crafted family recipes.
With De Laurentiis’ vision in mind, the restaurant will be a completely new build-out. Los Angeles-based Studio Collective, whose prestigious portfolio includes several 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, with large glass windows providing daytime and nighttime views of the Strip. Posh living room-style furniture will provide a cozy space for guests to relax, while views of the open kitchen from the bar will keep them entertained. Private dining room space will also be available for larger parties or group functions.
Caesars Entertainment Regional Vice President of Food and Beverage Jeffrey Frederick noted that De Laurentiis is the first female celebrity chef to join the Caesars Entertainment group in Las Vegas. The new restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner and will accommodate nearly 300 guests.