Giada (Las Vegas)
I finally have a local Las Vegas article for you guys! My mother in-law was visiting from our hometown (San Diego) and had always wanted to dine at Giada by Giada De Laurentiis. My husband and I were (naturally) more than happy to oblige. To be totally honest James and I hardly ever go out. Our work schedules don't always sync up to where we get a day off together and a lot of the times we're too exhausted when we do have the time, so it was nice to have the opportunity to get out. We called ahead of time to see if we needed a reservation and were told that there was no current wait time (that was around 9pm). We got to the restaurant at 10pm and were greeted by a couple of smiling hostesses. We were promptly seated at a table near the windows that had a view of The Strip facing Bally's. Our waiter showed up and offered us refreshments, we ordered water and he asked if we would like sparkling or regular. I, of course, ordered sparkling forgetting that I would be charged extra. The sparkling water turned out to be $9 for the bottle...I hadn't finished it by the time we left, so I took it with me. The waiter returned shortly with our waters and took our dinner orders. We weren't completely hungry so we opted to share a few smaller bites.
What we ordered:
Bruschetta white balsamic strawberry vinaigrette, buratta cheese, avocado & balsamic gastrique ($16)
Bucatini calabrian chili pomodoro & fresh ricotta ($25)
White Lasagna jumbo prawn, lemon ricotta & spiced tomato broth ($35)
Overall experience and satisfaction:
We definitely enjoyed ourselves here. The food was delicious. The portions were smaller, but not skimpy. The three of us were able to finish everything without stuffing ourselves, and we left perfectly satisfied. The atmosphere was calm and relaxed, yet fancy and sophisticated. I found the homey decor cute, but I don't like when people decorate with books you can't read. Not to say that the books used in their decorations aren't actual books that one can read — I just don't like when the implication is there without the option. I get that they're trying to bring the aesthetic of her show (which is supposedly hosted out of her home) to her restaurant — I just personally think it's best when books are placed in areas where people are actually able to read them. Either way it's not a big deal and wouldn't stop me from visiting again. In fact, James and I are already talking about going back for a date night.
Hours: Everyday Giada is open from 8am to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm.
Address: The Cromwell Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109