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Antico Pizza announces expansion plans

Antico's Margherita Pizza

Antico's Margherita Pizza

Antico Pizza Napoletana, recently named Atlanta’s best Italian-style pizza by AJC Dining Team member Jon Watson, released news of an expansion today.

Where are they expanding? Worldwide. Major markets both in the U.S. and abroad have been targeted for the expansion. Now, this artisan pizza using all-natural products imported from Italy will be available in places such as Beijing, Charlotte, Sao Paolo and Miami.

Bill Addison of Atlanta Magazine reported on Twitter that there would only be the one Antico location in Atlanta but that owner Di Palma plans to convert the property across the street into a piazza.

More from the press release:

Giovanni Di Palma has officially embarked on a plan to bring his nationally acclaimed pizza and unrivaled kitchen experience to major U.S. Markets and key overseas major cities.

Giovanni explains, “I most certainly did not sell my business or merge with a chain company. I partnered with a “Dream Team” of proven foodservice and financial experts who get what makes the Antico experience so special. I had been bombarded with offers after being open only a few months and I rebuffed them quickly because they were purely financial and it takes a lot more than capital to create the Antico product and atmosphere… Loyal fans can be assured nothing will change in the original Antico as I will make the pizza as always with my incredible team of family and fratellone of Napoli! Actually, our training facility, import / shipping docks and corporate office will be right next door to our Hemphill store here in Atlanta.”

1093 Hemphill Avenue, Atlanta. (404) 873-1272.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

12 comments Add your comment

Matt

May 25th, 2011
1:51 pm

I hear a Diavolo pizza calling me right now!

FoodFan

May 25th, 2011
2:26 pm

Congrats to them for their worldwide expansion, glad to know it all started in Atlanta here! I do truly hope they don’t change a thing from their current setup in the city – half of the appeal of it is going to that hole in the wall on Hemphill and eating in the back room with the crappy floor & half the ceiling tiles stained or missing. You sweat from the pizza ovens, they pizzaoilas break into random Italian songs while eating the fresh hot pizza right out of the oven off the paper-lined tables. While I wish them major success in their worldwide ventures, it’s great to know that the original is here & I just hope it never changes.

Mike

May 25th, 2011
2:37 pm

Great pizza, Great concept, Best of luck!

CDW

May 25th, 2011
5:11 pm

Love this place – wishing them even greater success (as long as they remain true to a great pizza experience).

yo pizaan

May 26th, 2011
3:18 pm

What dont you try expanding in Atlanta, before you go national.

You are good in ATL because there is no real competition. They cant make good pizza down here. I havent gone to your place because you downtown. try coming out to suburbs before you get beat up in other cities.

yo pizaan

May 26th, 2011
3:18 pm

Try expanding to suburbs of Atlanta before you go nationwide. your pizza is better than most pizza joints in this city. but thats not saying much. Atlanta HAS Horrible pizza in general. Why risk getting hamered nationally when you can dominate the enite city of Atlanta not just Georgia Tech.

jim

May 26th, 2011
3:26 pm

Great news. Have sent many a friend to Antico and will continue to enjoy the best pizza anywhere!

N-GA

May 26th, 2011
3:27 pm

One weekday afternoon about 2:30 I went in with a friend and a beautiful Chianti Classico Reserva (2004 vintage). There were no customers, and the staff were just sitting down to eat their afternoon meal. We ordered a pie and then sat down to enjoy some wine. I noticed that Giovanni has popped the cork on his own wine so I went over to his table and poured him some of mine. He was clearly happy with my Chianti and returned the favor with some vino from Napoli….delicioso! Great place!

Christos

May 26th, 2011
4:31 pm

The worst part about this place is the customers.

SMD

May 26th, 2011
4:48 pm

We live in Charlotte and came to Atlanta for a family vacation and friends sent us to Antico. I am from the north and can say this is the best pizza I have ever had. Charlotte will love this place. Hope they end up locating in the Lake Norman area! Can’t wait to see Antico in Charlotte area.

yuzeyurbrane

May 27th, 2011
10:32 am

Does anyone remember US Bar & Grill at Howell Mill and Collier Rds.? Great Mexican restaurant. Everyone told them so. Then set up another location in Sandy Springs. Owner could not maintain quality and both crashed. The lesson: just because you can create great personally managed restaurant at 1 place does not mean you can conquer the suburbs, much less the world. The pizza is great at Antico but I have not been back because of its crowded quarters and noise level. I hope rumor of piazza across the street proves true and is not just alternative owner is abandoning for visions of greater sugar plums.

Mike

May 30th, 2011
11:29 am

Screw the suburbs. If you want Antico come into the city – it’s not that difficult to drive in and park.