Giada Is Planning to Open a National Chain of Fast-Casual Pasta Restaurants

And she's looking for your feedback.

If you're a fan of Giada De Laurentiis, and you're a fan of pasta (obviously), and perhaps especially of large portions of cheap pasta, you're going to want to know about the latest project the celebrity chef is cooking up.

Although Giada admitted the project was in its "very, very early stages," the chef told PopSugar that she would like to open a national chain of fast-casual restaurants. 

"I've been wanting to do a fast-casual for forever," Giada told PopSugar.

She already has an eponymous restaurant in Las Vegas, TV gigs on Food Network Star and her own show Giada at Home, and cookbooks. As well, according to an email invitation The Feast received from Giada's marketing team last month, "Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis will unveil details about her newest upcoming concept in Las Vegas" at an announcement event planned for October 11.

For now, back to what we already know about the chef's restaurant idea: "I've learned from having a restaurant in Vegas that people love pasta and they love pasta at all different price points, to be honest," Giada told PopSugar.

To test the concept, Giada is hosting a pop-up dinner at Chefs Club Counter in New York City on October 15. Ticket holders will get their hands on a simple dinner, with two options — rigatoni with pork ragu or fusilli with jumbo shrimp — made in the style she envisions for her restaurant. "I'm hoping that I get some really great feedback from people as to whether or not this is something that people would like," she told PopSugar.

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