Giada De Laurentiis’ Glamorous Oscars Night Menu
The Academy Awards are this Sunday night and Giada De Laurentiis will be serving an Oscars spread to celebrate.
Her family is steeped in Oscars history, so it’s an extra-special night for the De Laurentiis clan.
Find out what’s on their menu, plus more about her family’s dazzling Oscars legacy.
De Laurentiis has Hollywood in her blood
Giada De Laurentiis’ grandfather was Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis, but to Giada, he was her nonno, of whom she has precious Sunday dinner memories.
Giada told the website FirstWeFeast in 2016 in detail about the memorable meals she and her cousins shared at her grandfather’s home on Sunday nights.
“The way that I learned to connect with my grandfather was on a food level. I couldn’t get enough—of food, of the smells, of hanging out in the kitchen and asking questions.”
“Sundays my grandfather would have the whole family over and we would have a big spread. And when I say a big spread, I mean it took hours to eat lunch. A lot of us kids would fall asleep at the table, it was so friggin’ long.”
Dino De Laurentiis kicked off the Oscars night tradition
Giada shared on her website, Giadzy, about her family’s annual Oscars menu. It’s a special night for the De Laurentiises and at the heart of it, of course, is food! Grandfather Dino showed the family how to do it right.
“Hosting a get-together to watch Hollywood’s best and brightest add another shiny trophy to their collection is a tradition in many homes,” De Laurentiis writes, “. . . But when making movies is the family business, you’d better believe we take our Oscar parties seriously.”
“The tradition started with my nonno, producer Dino De Laurentiis, many years ago. He used to invite a glittering group of actors and directors to his Beverly Hills home, and as you can imagine invitations were very much sought after.”
“He always served dinner buffet-style, starting with Neapolitan pizzas and moving on to a lavish spread of his favorite Italian specialties. As a little girl and later as a young woman I loved to come to catch a glimpse of Hollywood royalty in “off-duty” mode; it was a very special night that I looked forward to every year.”
Aunt Raffy’s amazing De Laurentiis Oscars menu
De Laurentiis continues in her blog at Giadzy, “Today my aunt Raffy, herself a well-respected producer of international films (and a voting member of the Academy), carries on the tradition at her home, throwing the most amazing parties for 100 people or more.”
So what’s on the menu? “If Raffy is traveling or working, I throw a scaled-down version of the same party at my home. I’ll be making her incredibly succulent beef stew, enriched with chianti and black olives. The flavors go perfectly with Raffy’s citrusy focaccia and a crisp winter salad.”
“Add some homemade or store-bought cookies, or do as Raffy does and complete the meal with whole strawberries macerated in a touch of sugar and Grand Marnier.”
Enjoy your Oscars night feast and here’s hoping your favorite movie or actors take home the coveted statuette!