WASHINGTON — Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis, who signed on for Horseshoe Casino’s newest celebrity chef restaurant in October, has now picked a name, theme and opening date for her restaurant.
GDL Italian by Giada will open in mid-April, with a menu of Italian cuisine complemented with California influences. It will include pastas, meatballs, fresh Maryland seafood and antipasti.
It will be De Laurentiis’ third restaurant to open with Caesars Entertainment, the majority owner of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Giada opened at The Cromwell Las Vegas in 2014. Pronto by Giada opened at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“Baltimore is a great food city, and it has been a pleasure getting to know the amazing local suppliers with whom we will be partnering to ensure our menu is filled with the region’s best fresh ingredients,” De Laurentiis said in a statement.
The restaurant will be on Horseshoe Baltimore’s second level and will serve dinner daily and weekend brunch. The restaurant’s focal point will be a display case of cured meats. (Charcuterie, cheeses and meats will be a particular focus at the restaurant.)
GDL Italian by Giada is taking space formerly occupied by Johnny Sanchez, a joint venture between celebrity chefs Aaron Sanchez and John Besh, which closed in September.
Food Network’s Guy Fieri runs Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen + Bar at the Horseshoe; “Hell’s Kitchen” chef Gordon Ramsay runs Gordon Ramsay Steak at the casino as well.