Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mama Mia! Gio's Chicken Amalfitano Now Open Next to Antico Pizza

From Giovanni Di Palma, the paesano who brought us Atlanta's best Neopolitan pizza, comes Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano. Starting life as a takeout-only operation, Gio's will offer Italian chicken dishes including Sorrento Lemon Chicken, highlighting flavors typical of the Amalfi Coast area around Naples, Italy.

If you want to get your hands on one of these birds you'd best get there early, as Gio’s will open at 5 p.m. and close when the truck full of 100 Bell & Evans chickens is empty. Expanded hours will begin on Friday, January 4, hopefully reducing the chances the chances that you'll leave empty-handed. After all, Gio wouldn't want you crying fowl. (Ugh!)

The five signature chicken dishes - plus a few rotating and seasonal offerings - are available to-go in individual and family-style sizes, served with roasted potatoes and homemade focaccia. Other offerings include chicken soup, baked ziti and ricotta cheesecake. Gio's is part of Di Palma's master plan of transforming his stretch of Hemphill Avenue into the closest thing Atlanta has had to a Little Italy since Nino's and Alfredo's were in their prime (whenever that was).

Joining Antico and Gio’s this spring will be Bar Antico, a traditional gelateria and caffe. In total, these Italian eateries will form what Di Palma is calling Piazza San Gennaro, an Old World-style plaza, along an entire city block. No word on whether we can look forward to parades featuring old men carrying statues of the Virgin Mary.

Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano is located in a former Brinks cash depository building adjacent to Antico at 1099 Hemphill Ave, Atlanta, 30318 (guests will enter through the alley next to Antico) and will be open for takeout daily from 5 p.m. until they run out of chicken.

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