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.

Venom & Vino Gourmet Series Dinner

Join Executive Chef Gus Silivos for a very special Venom & Vino wine dinner, Tuesday, August 14th at Skopelos at New World. The gourmet series charity event will benefit Pensacola's Coast Watch Alliance.Chef Silivos and the Skopelos Culinary Team have put together a menu that puts a creative touch to lionfish, with each of the … Read More

Skopelos Celebrates 59th Anniversary with 25% Off

This August, Skopelos is celebrating its 59th anniversary since opening in Pensacola! To thank our incredible community for your decades of support, Executive Chef Gus Silivos is giving 25% off ALL lunch plates and dinner entrees throughout the entire month. (Please note the discount is for lunch plates and dinner entrees only.)Whether you'd like to … Read More

Skopelos Receives 2018 Wine Spectator Award

For the second year in a row, Skopelos at New World has received the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine!The international award "recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style."When we created our wine list, we sought … Read More