As a world-famous chef and TV star, you get to travel all over the world and experience a variety of things that most people will only ever dream of. But of all of the places, Giada has been, Italy is her favorite. As she describes it, her dream trip starts in Rome, since it’s where her family lives.
She heads to Gelateria De Neri in Florence for some of their espresso gelatos and heads to Sicily and Naples’ outskirts, an area she says is underrated. Her favorite hotel is called Monteverdi in the hills of Tuscany.
On the Road
Giada is used to having a well-stocked, fully functional, and large kitchen at her disposal when it comes to whipping up her tasty dishes. So when she has to travel around, she’s not a huge fan of the choices of snacks and meals.
Like most people, she isn’t a big fan of the food that’s served on airplanes, so she packs some of her own for the road instead. Trail mix made with different types of nuts, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips is one of her favorite things to pack, and it keeps Jade happy, too.
She may spit out a lot of her pasta on the show, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy a big bowl of spaghetti now and then – especially her lemon spaghetti, served with arugula and parmesan salad. That’s her absolute favorite dish, and she loves to whip it up for her and Jade.
It’s quick and easy, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights. And afterward? They follow it up with her famous lemon ricotta cookies. If you’re a lemon lover, you’ll want to find her recipes as soon as possible and give them a try!
Apparently, Giada’s grandfather’s parents made pasta and sauces to sell when he was a kid, too. His siblings would go door to door, selling to neighbors and others in the area. “That whole area was all pasta factories, but when I say ‘factory,’ you can’t think of the factory the way you think of a factory in Detroit," she told the "New York Times."
She continued, "Think of a building, and in part of the building, they make pasta all day. They hang it on the roof, okay? Like on clotheslines. And then they live in that same building. There are blocks and blocks of that.”
The early ‘00s were a busy time for Giada, but not all of the stress was work-related. Tragedy struck in 2003, when her brother, Dino Alexander De Laurentiis, passed away from melanoma. The two were extremely close, so she was devastated by the news. “He was the person I turned to for everything,” she said during an interview with "ET."
She keeps her brother’s memory alive by visiting a special spot in Los Angeles that overlooks the ocean, which he used to do all of the time before his passing. Giada even had a bench placed there in his honor.