You may be shocked to know that one of Giada’s favorite ingredients to add to pasta is – wait for it – chocolate. And, while this may sound like the one dish that actually belongs in the spit bucket, she actually eats this one. In fact, she has one of her recipes up on Food Network’s website that’s for Chocolate Fettuccini with Peas and Pancetta.
While it sounds absolutely disgusting, it’s actually rated five stars (out of five reviews,) but, considering she’s an expert in delicious Italian cuisine, perhaps it’s something that’s worth a shot (maybe minus the peas, though.)
Giada’s Vegas-based Italian restaurant, GIADA, sits inside of The Cromwell Hotel on the Vegas strip. Depending on which source you look at, it’s rated anywhere between 4.3 and 4.6 stars, the latter of which is what Google currently says, based on over 13,000 reviews.
One of the guest favorites seems to be the breadbasket, stuffed with warm, homemade focaccia and crunchy lavish. She also offers various gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options for those who adhere to specific diets. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is important in a city that runs 24/7.
Hall of Fame
Whether you love or hate Giada, there’s no denying that she’s one of the best chefs on TV these days. And, those who have dined in her restaurants would probably agree that she’s just one of the best in general.
That’s why, in 2012, she was welcomed into the Culinary Hall of Fame, which is an incredibly prestigious honor among those in the industry. The award is handed down from the American Academy of Chefs, which operates throughout the country and recognizes the best in the business.
A Gourmet Staple
If you watch a lot of cooking shows, and/or you’re a major foodie yourself, you’re probably pretty familiar with truffles. Truffles are a kind of edible fungus, just like mushrooms. Some are harder to find in the wild than others, which makes them more sought after by chefs trying to impress luxury clients.
Black truffles hail from France, while white truffles come from Italy, and both are pretty highly valued. Giada, however, doesn’t appreciate them being infused into everything and thinks they should be savored.
There’s no denying that Italian chefs make the absolute best pizza, that’s for sure. Of course, they’d have to, right? Giada loves pizza, as does Jade, which makes it a popular course at home, especially since it can be done so quickly and easily, and Jade can help out. One of her favorite ways to enjoy the dish is a simple Margherita pizza.
She also likes to make mini versions that she calls “pizzettes,” which she tops with roasted mushroom and kale for a unique flavor. And of course, she makes her famous ricotta and chocolate-hazelnut calzones.