Authentic Italian

Angelena’s name is inspired by the deep roots within Pensacola’s history.  Giatano Giardina, a young, 20-year-old Sicilian immigrant, landed in New Orleans in 1875 in search of hope and new opportunity — the American Dream. Shortly after his arrival, he met his soon-to-be wife, Angelena. At her encouragement, the couple relocated to Pensacola in the early 1880s and the husband-and-wife team quickly found success as local produce merchants.  The Giardinas’ produce was used by both families at home as well as by finer dining establishments in the downtown area.  As a team, the Giardinas found much success in Pensacola, both in culinary circles and as real estate entrepreneurs.

Gulf Coast Roots

Today, local husband-and-wife team James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst follow in the Giardina’s footsteps with Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano, the much-anticipated addition to the Great Southern Restaurant Group. Chef Briscione’s menu brings creative, Southern touches to classic Italian cuisine. Handmade pastas, thoughtfully prepared vegetable dishes are served alongside an abundance of Gulf seafood. The dining room’s wood-fired oven lends flavor to everything from Neapolitan-style pizzas to meatballs and desserts. Wine Director, Brooke Parkhurst, curates the extensive Italian wine list, highlighting wines from thirteen different Italian wine-growing regions.