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Antico Pizza owner to pay 56 employees $329,445 to settle complaints he cheated them out of overtime pay
Giovanni Di Palma, the rags-to-riches founder of Antico Pizza, will pay $329,445 in back wages and damages to 56 employees of his restaurants—the result of a six-month federal Department of Labor investigation that concluded that Di Palma had not paid overtime to workers and that also claimed he threatened retaliation (including deportation) against workers he suspected were talking to investigators.
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Giovanni Di Palma—owner of Antico Pizza, Caffe Gio, and Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano—is opening his latest venture to family and friends this weekend. Located across from Antico, Bottega Luisa is an artisan Italian grocery selling authentic goods imported from Naples, including many of the ingredients Di Palma uses at Antico and Gio’s. Bottega Luisa will be open to the public next week.
Antico Pizza Napoletana and Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano founder Giovanni Di Palma has confirmed that a gelateria will be the next business to open in his planned Piazza San Gennaro, a two-block area near Hemphill Avenue in West Midtown. He says the gelato shop, on which he is working with the folks at Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream, will open in the next 40 days. Di Palma’s limoncello bar will open about a month later.
At the end of November, Giovanni Di Palma will open his second restaurant in Atlanta, Gio's Chicken Amalfitano. Di Palma's first restaurant, Antico Pizza, has been a genuine phenomenon in Atlanta's dining scene. Gio's is the first step in an ambitious piazza-styled development that Di Palma has planned for the area immediately surrounding Antico. We figure it's going to be a big deal. Here's the general idea via press release: