History of Skopelos in Pensacola

Skopelos is a name synonymous with fine dining in Pensacola for over fifty years. Skopelos at New World is the result of Executive Chef Gus Silivos’ passion for serving great food crafted from the freshest ingredients available on the Gulf Coast.

The Greek Island, Skopelos

Like many Greek immigrant families who moved to Pensacola, the Silivos family hails from the island of Skopelos, located in the in the western Aegean Sea off the eastern coast of Greece. When Chef Silivos’ family opened their Pensacola restaurant in 1959, they named it after their former island home. The restaurant moved east in 1987 from the original spot on Cervantes Street to the Skopelos on the Bay location on Scenic Highway.

Celebrity Chef Gus Silivos

Executive Chef and Director of Operations Gus Silivos

Chef Silivos began working in the family restaurant at the young age of 11, working his way through most of the duties in and around the kitchen and dining room. Silivos attended Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida, earning a business degree that has served him well. This education left Silivos with a solid foundation, but his heart was drawn back to creating in the kitchen.

Silivos attended the Culinary Institute of America for two years before he returned to Pensacola, where he was instrumental in setting up the culinary program that continues to this day at Pensacola State College.

With its famous scenic views, Skopelos on the Bay remained a Pensacola institution until closing their doors shortly after celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2009. Chef Silivos continued to serve the people of Pensacola through local favorites Scenic 90 Café and Nancy’s, both of which are still operating on Scenic Highway.

The Rebirth of Skopelos

When the opportunity arose to partner with Jim Homyak of New World Landing & New World Inn, Chef Silivos knew it was the right time to bring back Skopelos. Assuming the position of Executive Chef and Director of Operations for Skopelos at New World and New World Inn, Silivos brings his Mediterranean-inspired take on Southern cuisine to the downtown area of Pensacola.

We invite you to browse our menus and read more about the historically-themed rooms of New World Inn. Should you have any questions about Skopelos at New World, contact us at (850) 432-6565 or email us at skopelos@skopelosatnewworld.com.

Skopelos Has Expanded Its Menu with Vegan Dishes and More

Grilled Cauliflower Steak. Mushroom Lumache. Popcorn Cauliflower Bites. Gyro Sandwich. Lamb Lollipops. Seared Jumbo Scallops. Executive Chef Gus Silivos and Chef de Cuisine Takara Smith, alongside the entire Skopelos Culinary Team, have spent the past several months cultivating a new, expanded menu that is now available at Skopelos!For guests who are vegan or vegetarian, we have added … Read More

Thanksgiving Day Buffet & A La Carte

It's time for a Thanksgiving feast! Join Skopelos at New World on November 23rd as our award winning chefs create a specialty Thanksgiving Day Buffet available in the Grand Ballroom, as well as a specialty Thanksgiving A La Carte menu available in the main dining rooms from 11AM - 4PM.The Thanksgiving Day Buffet is $34.95 … Read More

New Years Eve Bash

Ring in the New Year in the Skopelos Grand Ballroom featuring live music and dancing, plus an open bar and champagne toasts leading up to the pelican drop. Then at midnight, stay where you are as the award winning chefs from Skopelos serve you breakfast at midnight!Skopelos's New Years Eve Party will take place from … Read More