Giovanni Di Palma just opened another outpost of his popular Atlanta pizzeria Antico.
Located in Tucker at the Publix-anchored Hugh Howell Marketplace, this location of Antico features a smaller menu of the Neapolitan-style pizzas found at the original Home Park location in Atlanta, along with a tight list of the restaurant’s calzones and Italian sandwiches. The Tucker restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and includes seating inside and on the patio, with people ordering their food at the counter.
Di Palma first opened Antico Pizza in 2009 on Hemphill Avenue in Atlanta’s Home Park neighborhood, where it quickly became a spot for nearby Georgia Tech students to dine and for celebrities to frequent. Two other locations of the pizzeria are also open at the Battery Atlanta in Cobb County and at Avalon in Alpharetta.
Since opening Antico in Home Park, Di Palma expanded the restaurant’s brand to other businesses along Hemphill Avenue, which are now part of a mini food village he refers to as “Little Italia” and includes Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano, gelato shop Caffe Antico, and Bar Amalfi. In 2015, the restaurateur settled a federal wage-dispute case, paying $330,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 60 employees of restaurants under the Antico Foods LLC umbrella.
Di Palma expanded his restaurant brand again earlier this year, opening Italian bakery and gelateria Pala with his son Johnny on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. Along with paninis and gelato, Pala serves pane alla Romana three ways: taglio (cut around two slices); pinsa (a pizzetta for one); and alla Pala (long pizza serving four to six people available for takeout).
Korean street food restaurant the Bite of Korea (BOK), owned Gavin Lee and Chloe Jung, opens Friday, October 7, at the Hugh Howell Marketplace, joining Antico, all-day breakfast and brunch chain First Watch, and a forthcoming location of Gusto at the shopping complex.
4650 Hugh Howell Road, Tucker. littleitalia.com.