On Giada's Weekend Getaway to Washington DC, she visits the famed Michel Richard at Citronelle. Known as Cap 'n Crunch, Chef Michel wows diners with his signature crunchy beet chips. Chef Michel also impresses with his Chocolate Degustation plate, a decadent display of chocolate done three ways.
No New York City trip would be complete without visiting a pizzeria, and Giada always makes sure to eat at Grimaldi's. The thin-crust Neapolitan-style pies are baked in coal-fired ovens that add a certain smokiness to the flavor; Giada considers the Margherita Pizza an instant classic.
On Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways, host Giada De Laurentiis stops by Boston's oldest grocery store, Deluca's Market, serving the best deli sandwiches in Boston, MA since 1905.
Located just off of the only publicly open grass tennis courts in the country, La Forge is where locals go for lunch or dinner after a round of tennis or a visit to the Tennis Hall of Fame. Giada recommends trying the "rich and meaty" lobster roll, which has been on the menu for more than 50 years.
The General Store is that perfect spot to soak up Napa's beautiful scenery and enjoy an outdoor breakfast, lunch or wine tasting. Built in 1940, the building, once a hay barn, is now home to a gift shop and restaurant. Enjoy a flute of champagne and a weekend brunch here, just as Giada did
Regular sunsets are so been-there-done-that. At dusk from mid-March to November, you can watch as bats flood the sky from under the Congress Bridge. TRIO at Four Seasons Hotel offers the perfect perch for a bat watch, and Giada enjoyed it with the award-winning "Batini" made with juicy blackberries.
Giada stopped by this vegetarian tapas spot to share small plates that highlight seasonal produce. The menu changes with the seasons, but a popular mainstay dish is the take on breakfast: a poached egg on smoked potato puree and sourdough bread, which Giada said was "like tasting smoked bacon."
Ask Wolfgang Puck what's the perfect fish and he'll say the Salt-Crusted Branzino at Angelini Osteria. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, he admitted to dreaming about the Branzino's light, delicate flavors. Angelini's also has another admirer, as Giada dreams about the Lasagna Verde with spinach pasta.
Host of Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada samples the Bat-tini cocktail, in honor of the Bats Under the Congress Avenue Bridge, in Austin, TX.
The Sidewalk Café built a reputation as one of the best places to people watch in Los Angeles, and it's one of Giada's favorite haunts when she's on vacation there. This spot serves breakfast all day, including entrees like the café's signature Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Burrito.
A Chicago institution since 1949, Garrett Popcorn Shop is known for gourmet popcorn made fresh daily in a variety of flavors, from Plain to Buttery to Caramel Crisp to the Chicago Mix.
The Planation House has a stunning view of pineapple fields and the Pacific Ocean, so Giada suggests "making a reservation [for] exactly sunset." The food eclipsed the view when the servers brought fresh fish with a perfectly seared crust. "Oh, my gosh!" Giada gushed after just one bite.
With no signage and hidden away from South Beach city streets, Casa Tua considers itself a unique getaway experience with a gourmet menu of home-style Italian. Giada's visit meant indulging in two classics: the creamy burrata salad with tomato and balsamic, then the irresistible tiramisu.
Giada visited the "birthplace of deep-dish pizza" for a cheesy Chicago-style slice that warranted a fork and knife. Diners can also enjoy signature pies such as the Numero Uno, a combination of sausage, peppers and onions baked in a pizza layered with melted mozzarella and crushed tomatoes.
Start your Sonoma experience off with a visit to the American Center for Wine, Food & Arts. Take in art exhibits, cooking classes and the three-acre edible garden. Once you've worked up an appetite, stop by the property's restaurant, like Giada did, for a glass of wine and a freshly prepared lunch.