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Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano Hosts Black Bear Bread Co.’s Chef Phil McDonald for Chef Collaboration Dinner

March 5th dinner commemorates the restaurants’ shared Golden Spoon
‘Best New Restaurant’ Award’

Angelenas Ristorante Italiano is pleased to announce a special chef collaboration dinner with Angelena’s Executive Chef James Briscione and Grayton Beach-based Black Bear Bread Co’s Executive Chef Phil McDonald on Saturday, March 5th at 6:00pm. Both Angelena’s and Black Bear Bread Co. have been recently recognized by Florida Trend magazine as two of the Golden Spoon ‘Best New Restaurant’ Award.


The collaboration dinner will feature a 5-course menu created by Briscione and McDonald that brings the Italian and American influences of their respective restaurants together for a specially-created one-night-only dining experience for 40 guests.


Menu is as follows:

Gulf Snapper Crudo
Jacobsen Sea Salt, Calabrian Chili Paste, XVOO, Lemon, Smoked Pecans, Mint

Doppio Ravioli
Chianti-braised short rib and Parmesan fillings, truffle cream

Charred Baby Carrots
Honey-Sherry, Bay Yogurt, Chicory, Cilantro, Satsuma, Crispy Farro, Aleppo

Chicken Parm
Housemade chicken patty, pomodoro, mozzarella, Parmesan

Florida Strawberries and Gelato


In addition, a featured wine will be included, as selected by Brooke Parkhurst, Wine Director.


“Winning a Golden Spoon Award in our first year is such a huge honor,” says Angelena’s Executive Chef James Briscione. “It’s only made better by sharing that distinction with a chef I have followed and respected for years. We are thrilled to welcome Phil into the kitchen at Angelena’s and celebrate our recent awards.”


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 states best chefs and foodie favorites. Both Angelenas and Black Bear Bread Co. are more than honored to be featured as the only two Golden Spoon ‘Best New Restaurant’ Awards in Northwest Florida.


In July 2019, Angelenas 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, Angelenas 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 thrilled to collaborate with Chef James on this special dinner,” says Black Bear Bread Co’s Executive Chef Phil McDonald. “I have great respect for what he and the Angelena’s team have brought to the Pensacola dining scene. I look forward to working together in his kitchen for an amazing and inspiring night of new flavors and great wine.” 


With its 2017 debut in The Shops of Grayton, Black Bear Bread Co. has quickly become the go-to stop for artisan breads, pastries, Stumptown coffee, and seasonal breakfast and lunch offerings along with a thoughtfully curated selection of craft beers and natural wines. In spring of 2019, the café expanded next door with Bar Room, the restaurants natural wine bar showcasing farm-raised oysters, wine-driven snacks & sharables, cheese & charcuterie, and craft beer. In June 2020, Black Bear Bread Co. opened their doors of its second cafe Black Bear Grand Boulevard at Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.


The wine dinner is $90 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited; reservations are required and can be made by contacting Brooke at 917-573-1613 or brooke@angelenaspensacola.com.


About Black Bear Bread Co.

Black Bear Bread Company, LLC. is the first culinary collaboration from owners Dave Rauschkolb and Phil McDonald. Black Bear Bread Co. Grayton Beach is located at 26 Logan Lane, Unit G in The Shops of Grayton. Bar Room Grayton Beach is located at 26 Logan Lane, Unit H in The Shops of Grayton. Black Bear Grand Boulevard is located at 325 Grand Blvd., Suite 100 in The Hyatt Place at Sandestin. For more information, call 850-213-4528 or visit www.blackbearbreadco.com.


About Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano

Angelenas Ristorante Italiano, located at 101 East Intendencia Street in historic downtown Pensacola, is inspired by the deep roots of our citys 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. Angelenas 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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