Renowned Food Network chef Giada De Laurentiis has thrown her hat into the celebrity chef restaurant ring with the upcoming opening of her new restaurant, 'Giada' and looking at the smiles of the attendees one gets the sense that many feel a restaurant with her recipes and vision was long overdue.
For many entertainment insiders it is hard to believe that 'Giada' is her first restaurant but the attractive chef was determined to wait until she found the ideal location and it seems like she has.
The restaurant provides a view of the Bellagio hotel and the mountains yet inside she has created "a homey environment" as she wanted it to feel as if guests were coming to her house for dinner. The restaurant, an 8 year labor of love is part of the Gansevoort Las Vegas, a luxury boutique hotel. It seats approximately 300 people and the 'touch' of Giada De Laurentiis is found throughout the restaurant.
'Giada' is a personal project for her as the menu is full of her most loved dishes and family photos decorate the walls. The sight of seeing people eating, drinking and smiling at her restaurant and seeing her staff in their uniforms during the VIP grand opening was so emotional for her with the realization that the restaurant was actually opening and this was the culmination of 8 years of work that she had to sneak into a bathroom stall of her own restaurant and release some tears of joy.
During the pre-opening she looked stunning as she wore a grey cocktail dress with white bandage-like straps paired with grey and white pumps while accompanied by her husband Todd Thompson and daughter Jade.
For Giada De Laurenttis, the dream of opening her own restaurant has become a reality and similar to her Food Network show it looks as if it is going to be very successful and has some food insiders thinking that while this may be her first restaurant it will not be her last.