Giovanni Di Palma, owner and pizzaiolo at Antico Pizza Napoletana, recently broke ground on the next step in the Antico empire: Bar Antico.
Originally thought to be called Antico Gelateria – or, at least that is the name on Di Palma’s building permit application – the actual name of the 2,000 square foot expansion was revealed yesterday. The new venture is located in what used to be a house right across the street from the original pizzeria.
The main focus of Bar Antico will serve gelato and alcoholic limoncello, as well as traditional Neapolitan street food and the new space will include al fresco seating for 100 patrons. Before you try to Google that, I’ll save you the time…it means the seating will be outside. Di Palma envisions a piazza-like feel to the pizzeria/Bar Antico combo, where it just feels natural for diners to enjoy a pizza and then casually stroll across the street for dessert and a digestivo.
“I am very thankful to Atlanta for supporting my dreams of becoming one of the highest-rated pizza places in America,” says Antico owner Giovanni Di Palma.” “The opening of the Bar Antico and the Piazza, along with the additional Italian products that we will offer, is my cultural gift to Atlanta and all of our loyal patrons.”
As of right now, Di Palma plans to open to the new restaurant in October of 2012. I wish him all the best in dealing with the permitting process and opening by then, I’m looking forward to the limoncello bar.
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog