Giada De Laurentiis has become a megastar with simple Italian recipes for the home cook. Now, she's opening an ambitious restaurant—her very first—on the Vegas Strip. F&W's Kate Krader gets a preview and explains why it's destined to win big.
Giada De Laurentiis steps into the lobby of Las Vegas's Nobu Hotel, hidden inside Caesars Palace. She's inconspicuous in flats and a long black coat. Still, her wavy chestnut hair and startling cheekbones are unmistakable.
A woman standing at the reception desk recognizes her immediately. "Eric," she says to her husband, who is checking in. The woman is frozen; her husband doesn't turn around.