Lavish Dining and Succulent Dishes Meet at The Pelican Hotel

Chef Gio Sofia loves creating culinary delights.

Although Ocean Drive is often associated with partygoers and lively nightlife, there’s something special about stumbling upon a hidden gem along this bustling street in Miami Beach. The Pelican Hotel is one such hidden gem, exuding beauty and charm. Tucked away on a tranquil corner of Ocean Drive, the hotel boasts a captivating interior and a peaceful ambiance, making it an ideal destination.

The Pelican Hotel has long been a quiet escape in Miami Beach and has an important history. Diesel’s founder, Renzo Rosso, and the President of the OTB Group dreamed up the hotel’s look and personality.

The hotel’s light still shines bright, and its history stays intact despite its recent renovation, which makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a classic movie set and are surrounded by various works of art.

Yet, there’s nothing more inviting and impressive than the Pelican Café. Diners will not only be impressed by the Italian dishes as they enjoy them inside the cozy dining room or outside patio, but its newly reinvented menu by an exceptional chef will leave you floored, full, and simply impressed. There is nothing like it thus far on Ocean Drive.

When I had a chance to visit the restaurant recently, I was greeted by an impressive wine list and delicious cocktails. Mixing in classic beverages with a Miami classic, the classic mojito, you will be ready to start your meal. And let me tell you, the menu is not only impressive, but it’s a journey full of culinary surprises and the work of a truly passionate chef who exudes that passion through the art of cooking and making diners feel fulfilled.

The exceptional chef, Gio Sofia, loves creating culinary delights, and it shows. He fell in love with cooking in Sicily when he was 15 years old, and due to this, he has been part of his family’s journey of working in restaurants and cooking impressive dishes for over 60 years.

Chef Gio graduated from hospitality school in Messina, Italy, and has since settled in Sicily and Miami. There, he has been sprinkling his magic on dishes made with a deep passion for the craft and knowledge of Italian food.

Those who adventure into Pelican Cafe will feel Chef’s passion through his dishes, which mix Sicilian classic flavors with his own twist. From the fresh and flavorful Sicilian Octopus Appetizer to the rich and homey Tagliarini with added clams and Bottarga, there is no stopping this Chef from making sure diners leave the restaurant feeling full and happy.

Other dishes include mussels, a Surf and Turf that combines a delicious cut of meat and a fresh Lobster, as well as a sweet dessert or two that is the perfect ending for the meal.

After a meal at Pelican Café, you will realize that talent, Chef’s humility, great service, and passion, as you surround yourself with beauty, are the perfect ways to enjoy a special evening dining.

For more information on Pelican Café and to make a reservation, visit https://pelicanhotel.com/pelican-cafe/  or call  305-673-3373.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.