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The Antico Pizza founder is planning a Sandy Springs outpost and working on adding Vespa-inspired food carts to his Little Italia development on the Westside.
Giovanni Di Palma discusses why he hates kale, his craziest customer, and hanging out with Clint Eastwood.
The culinary equivalent of a first impression, a restaurant’s name is the quickest way to stand out from the competition. Can you figure out what could have been for these 8 Atlanta restaurants?
It’s been well documented that Giovanni di Palma makes some of the best pizza and roast chicken in this city (or as he’ll tell you, the country). But have you seen his Instagram?
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.
At 6:38 p.m. on Monday evening I got an email from Tucker Berta, president of Liz Lapidus PR, which runs publicity (and occasionally interference) for Giovanni Di Palma, the owner of the insanely popular Antico Pizza and a man whose high regard for himself is the stuff of legend.
A lawyer for Giovanni Di Palma, the Antico Pizza owner who’s accused of retaliating against employees he suspected of talking to federal Department of Labor investigators looking into his wage practices, has fired back at the government, condemning the department’s “outrageous tactics” and blasting the investigators’ “unsubstantiated” accusations.
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.
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