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.