Finally made it over to Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano, the second coming from The Apostle of Pizza. It’s next door to his pizza place – Antico. It’s communal, like his pizza place. You order at the counter and wait for your food, like the pizza place. The prices aren’t necessarily low, but the quality of the ingredients are inarguable. Like his pizza place.
There was a little bit of hubbub over the fact that the menu said “No Sharing”. I’m guessing they didn’t want people splitting a pasta for $15 (easily large enough to share if your appetite is moderate) and each entree comes with a salad so they likely didn’t want to provide two to a couple only spending $15. Apparently that rule is no longer in effect, as the modified menu will tell you.
A nice communal space.
The salad. Fairly simple and plain, but welcome, with Parmigiano Reggiano.
We got a pasta and chicken dish, the former being the Sorrentina – cherry tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and garlic. Not a finesse dish, it will surely fill you up, and the bowl will provide a pool of savory infused oil, in which you can dip your provided Antico pizza dough. It’s not my kind of dish, but I’m sure it would appeal if you wanted to eat two pounds of pasta and cheese.
Next up – Amalfi chicken – Castelvetrano olives, half chicken, potato wedges, onion, garlic, et al.
The dish gets a positive review from me for one reason – those olives. They are my absolute favorite. Firm, briny, herbacious – they are everything that a mushy purple olive from the Kroger olive bar is not. The chicken was about what I expected. It’s good quality and tasty, though the breast is a little dry, and the skin not quite flavorful and crusty enough, though that may not be what they are trying to achieve. There is a huge soppin’ pool of oil and chicken juices, laced with garlic and the essence of the olives. Though it’s not guilt-free, dipping the potatoes in that mess is a great treat.
I’d go again if in the area, but haven’t felt the need to in a few weeks. Personally, I’d rather pay less for smaller portions, or share a single dish, but I didn’t tempt fate on this night, even with the magic marker through the menu mandate.
Saw this on the way out. Made me laugh.