Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano
1099 Hemphill Ave. , Atlanta, GA 30318 www.gioschicken.com Good choices: Atlanta is joining the latest national trend: restaurants whose entire menus are built around chicken.
Gio’s, next door to the owner’s pizzeria, Antico, features seven dishes cooked in Italian style. My fave so far: Sorrento Lemon roasted with famous Amalfi lemons, wild oregano and olive oil. Second fave: The Scarpiello adds sausage, sweet red peppers, cipolline and red-wine vinegar to the chicken.
All the chicken (huge portions priced $15-$17) is served in big individual bowls to which roasted potato wedges and bread are added. The gigantic pasta bowls are overwhelming for one person, so my advice is to avoid them except for take-out. If you have room for dessert – you won’t – a few Italian classics like cannolis are available. man, Alex Wan, wants to take action that will close most of the so-called sleazy businesses along that raucous street. It is, so to speak, about shutting down the freak show.
“I’m not saying the neighborhood doesn’t support the closings or that so-called gentrification isn’t inevitable. But it is a prime example of the way gay people themselves often lead the way toward disappearing the odd, especially the sexually odd.”
Robert nodded. “Oh yeah, I learned 10 years ago that the city in America that makes the most arrests for public sex is West Hollywood — the only city in America almost entirely run by gay people.”
“Sex is the theater of all human experience,” Lee said. “There’s not a person on the planet who is not driven by it and who doesn’t engage in something strange and freaky when he lets himself go. But gay people, long oppressed for the very nature of their love and sex, now easily still turn that on themselves….and others.”
“So you’re here in this world to preserve the freak. You’re like Hedwig, right?”
“Exactly,” Lee said, digging into his bowl of chicken. “I will be setting up the House of Gay Human Oddities on Cheshire Bridge.”