‘Keep it Lo­cal’ raises the bar with fo­cus on town’s best eater­ies

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Elizabeth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

BRIS­TOL BOR­OUGH - The Bris­tol Bor­ough Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee may have long range plans to im­ple­ment its Raise the Bar cam­paign, but the group also posed a few ques­tions among its mem­bers: Why wait? Why not start the ball rolling now?

So the first pro­gram, “.eep it Lo­cal,” is de­signed to high­light the best restau­rants the bor­ough has to of­fer, said com­mit­tee co­or­di­na­tor Bill Pezza.

“The idea is for in­di­vid­u­als to get on board with sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­ness, en­joy fine din­ing, and have some fun,” Pezza said.

First on the menu is Annabel- la’s, an Ital­ian restau­rant at 119 Rad­cliffe Street, that just hap­pens to have made changes de­signed to at­tract vis­i­tors, and have them re­turn.

On April 4, 5, and 6 the restau­rant will show off its new “Ital­ian com­fort food, and at af­ford­able prices,” said Ali­son An­gelac­cio, who, with her hus­band, Bobby, own and op­er­ate the restau­rant.

Opened in 2005, Annabella’s has al­ways catered to the the­ater crowd be­cause of its lo­ca­tion just across the street from the Bris­tol River­side The­atre. But the An­gelac­cios are work­ing to ex­pand their cus­tomer base and, with that in mind, they’ve made many changes, in­clud­ing hir­ing a new

staff and fo­cus­ing on tra­di­tional home­made meals like lasagna and man­i­cotti.

“Bobby makes those and other dishes. I make desserts like tiramisu, spe­cialty cheese­cakes, and cano­lis,” Ali­son said.

And ev­ery third Wed­nes­day of the month, Annabella’s holds its Ital­ian Night. For $35 per per­son, din­ers can en­joy a six-course meal (reser­va­tions re­quired by call­ing 215-T88-2929).

An­other el­e­ment of the cam­paign is a web-toweb link. For in­stance, Ce­sare’s Ris­torante just an­nounced its new web site, ce­sares­ris­torante. com. The eco­nomic com­mit­tee will put that link on its own web site, Pezza said.

Don Pe­to­lillo, owner of Ce­sare’s (140T Rad­cliffe Street), said he sup­ports the ef­forts of the bor­ough’s fam­ily of restau­rants to work to ben­e­fit each other’s busi­ness.

“This cre­ates a united group that works to pro­mote the restau­rant busi­ness in the bor­ough,” Pe­to­lillo said.

The other par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants are the hing Ge­orge and the helch House (both are lo­cated on op­po­site cor­ners at jill and Rad­cliffe streets; The Bor­ough Pub, 1800 Far­ragut Ave.; Café Bom­bay,233 jill Street; and the Pines Tav­ern, 621T North Rad­cliffe Street (just off Green Lane).

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