The starpower of the Food Network chef Giada De Laurentiis is lighting up the Las Vegas culinary scene.
“She’s already got the second-most bookings among the company restaurants,” said Eileen Moore, who, as a regional president at Caesars Entertainment Corp., oversees the Flamingo Las Vegas, The Quad and The Cromwell.
The host of the Food Network show, “Everything Italian,” opened Giada’s a week ago, and the reservations are pouring in as fast her pasta dishes are flying out of the kitchen.
The restaurant is set up so the first thing patrons see are glass cases filled her favorite creations.
“She told me, ‘I want it to feel like guests are getting a big hug from me,” said Moore.
For now, Giada’s will be open from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Andre Agassi was in Paris over the weekend to attend the French Open. It was the 15th anniversary of his 1999 comeback win over Andrei Medvedev, 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. It was the only Grand Slam tournament he hadn’t won. …
MGM Grand President Scott Sibella was among the record crowd of 105,000 at AT&T Stadium in Texas (home of the Dallas Cowboys) who watched the final road appearance by country music king George Strait. His “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour began last year and included a Feb. 1 stop at the MGM Grand. The Rolling Stones previously held the record for largest crowd in the United States with 81,000 at the Louisiana Superdome in 1981. ...
“Sweet Al” Miller is leaving the KOMP-FM, 92.3, morning show after 20 years to perform with his band, 3Align. Their single, “In the Beyond,” goes to worldwide radio next week and iTunes a week later. His last KOMP show will be June 20. Miller’s former on-air co-host for 14 years, Craig Williams, left the show a year ago to run a family-owned auto dealership in the Midwest. …
A major announcement is planned Thursday after a marquee unveiling ceremony at SLS Las Vegas, formerly the Sahara hotel-casino. Sam Nazarian, founder, chairman and CEO, and Robert Oseland, president and COO of SLS, will be attending. Details about the opening date are anticipated. ...
Get-well wishes to longtime restaurateur Gino Ferraro and entertainment legend Steve Rossi, who has been dealing with medical issues.
Clarification: Bill Whitfield, Michael Jackson’s former security director, is director of security for Agassi Prep.
Guy Fieri, hanging out with De Laurentiis over the weekend at Giada’s (Cromwell). Fieri also attended Kid Rock’s concert Saturday at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. … Oscar winner and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto, with French electronic dance music producer Madeon and others at Andrea’s (Encore) on Saturday before moving to XS nightclub. … Also at XS: Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, celebrating a friend’s birthday in a cabana with a group that included teammates Brandon Bollig and Jeremy Morin and Alex Bolduc of the St. Louis Blues. … Actress Gabrielle Union, partying with friends at 1 Oak (Mirage) on Saturday. She’s engaged to Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. … Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, with friends at Palazzo’s Azure pool venue on Saturday. A cake from “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery at the Palazzo was delivered to Lochte’s party. … Brad Garrett, in the crowd at Billy Joel’s concert at MGM Grand Garden on Saturday. … Tim Allen, dining at Joe’s Stone Crab (Forum Shops at Caesars) on Saturday. … Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain, riding the High Roller at The Linq on Thursday with her husband, Fred Thiebaud, and sister, Carrie Ann.
THE PUNCH LINE
“The game went into overtime. L.A. hockey fans were very tense. More tense than Donald Sterling at the Apollo. More tense than the countries on the edge of Russia. More tense than Bruce Jenner’s face.” — Craig Ferguson
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