ATLANTA -- New York, Boston, San Francisco all have their own Little Italy to grab pizza, pasta and cannolis. Little by little, a local businessman has been trying to create that same culture in Atlanta.
Pizza is in Giovanni Di Palma's DNA.
"This isn't something you can learn in cooking school," he said.
Zagat's called Antico Pizza the best in the country. The Food Network ranked Antico as the best ever.
In 2009, Gio bought the former French bakery on the Westside.
"This place was for sale, the economy was terrible, this neighborhood was not good," he said.
His son helped him remove layers of graffiti and fix the dilapidated building.
Word spread, organically, and night after night, year after year, Atlantans have been packing the Hemphill pizzeria.