Anyone who has spent much time in Pensacola knows the long-standing reputation of chef Gus Silivos, and his family’s influence on North West Florida’s culinary history. The Silivos tradition continues with the newest endeavor housed in the former Nancy’s Haute location on Scenic Highway. While the menu offers some Skopelos classics, don’t expect your parents’ Skopelos dining experience here.
Bianca Whitford explains, “Some of our guests have never been to Skopelos. Agapi is young, fresh, a neighborhood bistro, an everyday place for your special event or celebration.” After two years with Silivos at Skopelos in downtown Pensacola, Whitford now directs front-of-house operations, special events, the Wine Club, and catering. Agapi is the Greek word meaning ultimate love; Agapi Bistro + Garden is a combination of ultimate love for food, cooking, community, and togetherness. This new locale reflects this ultimate love between the bistro and the community it serves. The location is popular for birthday parties, girls’ nights, date nights, bridal showers, or a casual meal with a friend. Abundant outdoor seating and breezes from nearby Escambia Bay evoke the feeling of a Greek Isle dining experience.
For a monthly membership of $50, Wine Club members can attend a monthly tasting featuring a minimum of five themed wines with paired hors d’oeuvre and a wine expert to educate participants on the offerings. Guests leave with their choice of one very special bottle of wine, or two bottles of other wines tasted. Members can bring a friend for a nominal fee of $20.
One of the most popular offerings at Agapi is the wine flight (tastings of three wines) with flights-of-the-month reflecting wine club offerings. Wine flights are available for brunch, lunch, or dinner, providing a fun opportunity for a variety of tastes of wine or bubbly without committing to one, or to share sips with dining companions. The Greek Getaway flight is a guest favorite.
Happy Hour Tuesday through Thursday from 3-6PM features wines and appetizers not offered on the regular menus. All are priced at $5.55 (a nod to the location’s street number) and $3 beers. Cheap date night on Wednesdays includes a bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine and a grazing board for only $30. The grazing board includes nibbles of meatballs, pita and dip, Greek olives and more. No date is required. Enjoy the meal alone, bring a friend, or even order the board as an appetizer for a larger group.
At this writing, a garden dining area was being constructed to include a Pergola and Mediterranean-themed landscape featuring citrus, fig, and olive trees to accommodate, private events, wine club gatherings and outdoor grilling equipment.
Saturday brunch is served from 10-3 and reservations are recommended. Brunch offerings include the ubiquitous bottomless mimosa with the twist of optional mango, peach, or pineapple mixers. Brunch guests receive complimentary Loukoumades (fried dough) drizzled with East Hill honey. Exclusive to the Agapi brunch menu are items including a Breakfast Pizza with shaved ham, white sauce, quail eggs, smoked gouda, and arugula. Or Imported Greek Yogurt with East Hill honey; add granola, peanut butter, Nutella, toasted coconut, or other toppings to create your own breakfast perfection. More choices include a Greek Frittata, Bayou Crab benedict, or Brunch Burrata with prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe, burrata, balsamic drizzle, extra virgin olive oil, arugula, and grilled baguette.
As a small business owner, Silivos appreciates the value of doing business locally and his efforts to support other local vendors are apparent. Local artisan Kasia Szabo with Kasia Design created the impressive 15’ bar from reclaimed wood. Joel Dittenber at J Dittenber Construction imagined and installed custom-wrapped entrance doors from his Cantonment facility. East Hill Honey is used in several menu choices.
Executive chef Gus Silivos, chef de cuisine Justin Robinson, and sous chef Dillon Williamson have a new home and Pensacola has a new favorite Greek bistro. Make your reservation soon.