If you’re traveling to South Florida and get a hankering for Neapolitan pie, Giovanni Di Palma has you covered. The man who created an Italian empire in Atlanta has expanded with a "mini-Italian food district" in Miami called Centro Storico, reports Eater Miami. With it comes a new outpost for Antico Pizza.
Di Palma is billing Centro Storico as "an affordable version of Eataly," according to a press release, and it sounds like a similar project to his Little Italia development in Westside. The Miami venture includes pizza, craft cocktails, gelato, and Italian pastries.
The pizza maestro has local expansion plans in the works as well. After opening an Antico outpost at Alpharetta’s Avalon development in January 2015, Di Palma plans on taking his pies to the Battery development at SunTrust Park (the future Cobb County home of the Atlanta Braves) and Mercedes-Benz Stadium (rising up Downtown for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC).
Di Palma has seen an incredible amount of success in Atlanta, but his reputation took a a hit in 2015 when a federal investigation determined he "routinely directed his employees to work as many as 30 hours of overtime per week, yet avoided paying them proper compensation."