Today Giovanni Di Palma’s latest spot, Caffé Gio, opens its doors. This sister to Antico Pizza Napoletana and Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano will function as a traditional Neapolitan cafe and gelateria, offering Neapolitan street food for lunch each day.
Menu items will feature the flavors of the Amalfi coast. Look for six panini sandwiches on homemade ciabatta served with chicken soup or salad ($11-13). Caffé Gio will also serve a variety of salads topped with chicken, steak or jumbo grilled prawns ($11-13).
For dessert, the eatery will serve a selection of Neapolitan desserts with Kimbo coffee and espresso. But the highlight will be the 10 original gelato flavors and sorbets crafted in and imported from Bologna, Italy.
Di Palma originally announced that he would partner with Donald Sargent of Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream to produce the gelato. Di Palma responded to the change with the statement,
I’m a huge fan of Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream and they provide the best ice cream in Atlanta, which is why we originally planned to partner for the gelateria. With the tremendous demand for volume of gelato at Caffé Gio, we decided to import our gelati from an award-winning gelateria in Bologna, Italy. I’ll continue to support Morelli’s and enjoy our friendship, as the supply capability continues to grow where we can make enough locally, we’d be proud to collaborate.
Caffé Gio, located behind Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano and adjacent to Antico, will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, but the al fresco dining is expected to be the main draw.
Caffé Gio is the third of four restaurants in Di Palma’s Westside compound. This fall, the fourth spot, a limoncello bar and Italian market, will complete Di Palma’s “Westside Italian Quarterie.”
Caffé Gio: 1099 Hemphill Ave, Atlanta. 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog