Monday, June 23, 2014 | 5:57 p.m.
A Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor to start the week:
Are lawyers for celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis and Caesars Entertainment, which owns the Cromwell where her new restaurant Giada is located, flexing their muscles and legal briefs over rival Giada’s Italian Cucina in Henderson?
I’m hearing solid rumors that’s the case to protect the Food Network star’s image and reputation and to avoid any confusion between the two dining venues.
Giada at the Cromwell is named for the TV star chef, whereas in Henderson the owner, Daniel, has named his restaurant in dedication to his grandmother Giada, who was born in Italy and lived in upstate New York.
His restaurant menu salutes her for cooking for two families of nine boys every Sunday. I’ve reached out to Daniel at his Anthem Village Drive location, but he’s closed Mondays, so we will follow up Tuesday.
There won’t be any confusion about pricing, though: His gourmet meatballs are $10 for two, whereas on the Strip they are $14. His fried calamari appetizer is $8, while hers is $13 and includes shrimp. His restaurant is an intimate 12-table local hangout, whereas Giada has seating for nearly 300 diners at the Cromwell.
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