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Giada De Laurentiis’ New Baltimore Restaurant Is Here

Trattoria-style GDL Italian opens May 22 at the Horseshoe Casino

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Fresh pastas and other ingredients featured at GDL Italian in Baltimore.
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Food Network personality Giada De Laurentiis’ first East Coast restaurant, GDL Italian by Giada, begins serving brick-oven pies and gourmet pasta dishes to Baltimore diners tonight.

The celebrity chef and restaurateur’s new 180-seat eatery inside the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore (1525 Russell Street) is the latest venture she’s opened inside a gambling venue. In February, De Laurentiis unveiled her fast-casual concept, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She also has her eponymous flagship restaurant at the Cromwell in Vegas.

The nearly 10,000-square-foot space in Baltimore contains fun design elements, including a photo booth, and posters of movies made by her grandfather, late-film producer Dino De Laurentiis. Lounge seating and high-top tables surround the large bar, where customers can dine on imported cheeses, meats, olives, and other antipasti. The restaurant can accommodate 40 diners on its patio, some of whom will get a view of M&T Bank Stadium. Another couple dozen tables are reserved for two chef’s tables next to the open kitchen, headed by BLT Prime alum executive chef Brian Drosenos.

A view of the brick oven and open kitchen at GDL Italian.
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During a media preview, De Laurentiis shared a few dishes she came up with for Charm City diners. A margherita pizza came fresh from the brick oven crafted by Marra Forni in neighboring Beltsville, Maryland, while an orzo meatball, crispy turkey meatball, and a chicken marsala meatball completed a meatball trio. Her take on a classic Maryland dish, rockfish, was served cacciatore style with a potato chip gremolata. One of the best-selling dishes at her Vegas restaurant, chitarra with a creamy lemon and pea alfredo, appears on the menu with five other regular pasta dishes.

Rockfish cacciatore at GDL Italian.
Diane Macklin/Downtown Diane

The extensive wine list includes California and Italian favorites, including a chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley’s Iconic Wines. Cocktails sporting names such as King Kong pay tribute to her grandfather’s films.

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis discussing noodles at her new Baltimore restaurant.
Diane Macklin/Downtown Diane

GDL Italian is scheduled to operate from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Status: Certified open. 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, Md.; website.

GDL Italian

1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 443-931-4175 Visit Website

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