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Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano Receives Golden Spoon New Resturant Award

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA — Great Southern Restaurants; The Fish House, Atlas Oyster House, The Deck Bar, Jackson’s Steakhouse, Five Sisters Blues Café and Angelena’s Ristornate Italiano; is pleased to announce Angelena’s, has been recognized by Florida Trend magazine—with one of the Golden Spoon Best New Restaurants Award.


The Golden Spoon Best New Restaurant Award is a great honor that Florida Trend bestows on a Florida restaurant. These awards are coveted by the state’s best chefs and foodie favorites. Angelena’s is more than honored to be featured as the only Golden Spoon Best New Restuarnt Award in Pensacola and also within a sixty mile radius. Pensacola has truly become a culinary destination. We are honored to be part of the culinary community.


Collier Merrill, president of the Great Southern Restaurants, states, “We continually strive to provide our guests with the same things we all look for in a dining experience; quality food and stellar service. It is our goal to make this happen each and every time a guests comes to dine. We are truly honored for our entire team to be recognized by Florida Trend.


In July 2019, Angelena’s opened their doors, in downtown Pensacola, in the heart of the entertainment district, just steps from the historic Saenger Theatre. Boasting a vibrant bar scene and elegant dining room, Angelena’s has become a gathering place for locals and visitors alike.  A blending of creative, classic dishes from Italy with Gulf seafood, Southern produce and locally sourced meats. A state-of-the-art oven – turning out pizzas, baked pasta and more – is the heart of the restaurant. A full Italian wine list complements the menu, highlighting special wines from the many different regions of Italy.


“I’m incredibly proud of the entire Angelena’s team and all the hard work that went into earning this huge honor. It is an amazing way to wrap up what has been a very challenging year!” says Angelena’s Executive Chef James Briscione.


The Golden Spoon Best New Restaurant Awards are presented each year by Chris Sherman, the Food and Dining Editor for Florida Trend magazine. The Best New Restaurant Awards focus on restaurants open for less than two years. It salutes ventures embracing new ideas and trends; some may be casual, inexpensive and experimental; some are fine dining debuts that may eventually become Golden Spoons. Angelena’s is honored for the mention and is please to join with sister restaurants; The Fish House (Golden Spoon Award) and Jackson’s Steakhouse (Golden Spoon Award Hall of Fame), to this acclaimed list.


Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano, located at 101 East Intendencia Street in historic downtown Pensacola, is inspired by the deep roots of our city’s history. At the turn of the century, Angelena Giatano, an Italian immigrant, was in search of the American dream and found it here in Pensacola. Angelena’s offers coastal Italian cuisine as well as an extensive list of Italian wines. Hours of operation are Monday–Saturday 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., for dinner service. For reservations or to-go orders, please call 850-542-8398. For more information, please visit our website, www.angelenaspensacola.com.

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