4.19.2015

Giada's in Las Vegas

What: quick review of Giada in Las Vegas
When: 18, April 2015
Where: Giada, 3595 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Why: So I remember what we ate! Side note: this was during a Whole 30 April round, so everything was paleo for me.

This past weekend I went to Las Vegas for my second time. The first time was a few years ago at the end of the Zion, Bryce Canyon, Las Vegas spring break road trip. This time I went with my sisters and our neighbor. This trip included hiking Red Rock Canyon, Britany Spears for the Little Sister, and some good eats! Giada's was one of them.

This was kind of a last minute trip for me, but luckily, the Little Sister had some friends who were going and they had gotten reservations at Giada. The only reservations available were at 4:30pm, so we decided to have a big breakfast (Wicked Spoon!) and skip lunch. By the time we arrived I was pretty hungry. There were seven of us in the party and we arrived a little before the other group and waited in the lounge area and some of the group had cocktails. The Middle Sister had the Riso Amaro and loved it.

We were seated at a table for ten and I was lucky to have some people who were into sharing food that was Whole 30 friendly. I will have to try the house-made fresh pasta next time..... Because I was sharing... I got to order the 28oz Bone-in Tuscan rib-eye finished with lemon, a sunny side up egg and arugula AND the Whole roasted chicken for two, cacciatore style.

28oz Bone-in Tuscan rib-eye finished with lemon, a sunny side up egg and arugula

Whole roasted chicken for two, cacciatore style.


Where to start....? Oh my! These were AMAZING!!!! Amazing. Really amazing.....
The steak was Tuscan style with the lemon finish and tasted like it had been cooked in a stick of
butter. It was medium rare and perfect. I tried the steak first and thought that was going to be the clear winner. It was one of the best steaks of my life.

Then I tried the chicken.

And I could not believe how delicious it was. I tried the chicken with out the cacciatore sauce served on the side at first and I was in heaven. The skin was crispy and spicy on the outside and the chicken on the inside was perfectly moist and full of flavor. The Little Sister and my neighbor were swooning over the chicken with the sauce so I tried it. It was amazing. And I am not into tomato based sauces so that is saying something. Could the chicken be better than the steak?

I spent the meal going back and forth between these two items and even had a little broccoli rabe at one point. At the end I could not decide what was better, they were so different from each other and finger licking good (literally). I made sure to get every piece of goodness out of both of these dishes.


Photo by the Little Sister
There were a lot of other food items had around the table that stood out. The cauliflower soup of the day with bacon and different colors of cauliflower, the spicy salami, the lobster and crab raviolo, the sausage stuffed bacon wrapped dates, and the roasted banana gelato with candied pine nuts, to name a few. (My mouth just started watering). A sample menu can be seen HERE. And I am sure there were more items we ordered that were delicious, I was just so into my chicken and steak that I went to my happy food place and can't remember the other items! Anyone else have a happy food place?

I would recommend Giada's in Las Vegas, her only restaurant so far, and I would go again in a heartbeat. While pricey, the food was truelly amazing. Next time I hope I can enjoy it with a glass of wine....

Details I loved:
  1. The windows that looked over the Vegas Strip all slid up and open!
  2. Every chair I sat in was very comfortable.
  3. The tables were arranged in a way that felt more like family dinner. I could see other tables, but something about the positioning of our table made it feel like the tables had been very stratigically placed to make each table feel comfortable and not crowded.
  4. The food was incredible.

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