Antico Pizza Napoletana founder Giovanni di Palma has plans to expand his Neapolitan pizza empire to Sandy Springs. He’s filed a permit and intends to acquire the land where the former 4 Seasons Pottery place sat, near Hammond and Roswell roads, as reported earlier this month by Reporter Newspapers. As long as the city grants him a variance to build, he plans to create a family-friendly pizza spot complete with Vespa-style food carts (see photo below) and an indoor/outdoor beer and wine bar. The Sandy Springs Antico would open in early spring 2019.
“We love Sandy Springs. We want to be there and create something really fun for families, keeping kids in mind,” di Palma says. “We want it to have an Italian festival feel.”
The Sandy Springs Antico will be about the same size as the original on the Westside and offer the same menu.
In the next couple of months, di Palma will start a small food cart village adjacent to his Little Italia. It will feature small trucks, carts, or Vespas focused on offerings like Peroni, Illy coffee, gelato, granita, panini, and fried items (pizza, arancini, seafood, and vegetables). These carts will appear at Ponce City Market pop-ups and outside the new Sandy Springs Antico.
“It’s something we haven’t done before,” di Palma says.