It was 1991 when Dennis Giancontiere first opened Cultured Pelican in downtown Christiansted (in the back courtyard of the old Moonraker Building). Three years later, their move to the east end proved to be good one, and now, over 25 years later, Cultured Pelican is a fixture on the East End for quality Italian food made by Dennis himself.
Dennis makes everything from scratch – every sauce, every special, and every dessert. Food is a passion he’s had as long time – since the age of 5, when his mother Vicki and Aunt Maria kept him busy in the kitchen. Photos of his Italian family adorn the hostess area of the restaurant, reminding the staff and the patrons that at the heart of the Cultured Pelican is a rich history of cooking, family recipes and sharing good times around the table.
One primary difference between the family table and your table at Cultured Pelican — the incredible views from every seat. The restaurant is tucked quietly within the Coakley Bay Condominiums and sits overlooking the expansive pool area with it’s swaying palm trees and shimmering water. Your view overlooks the Caribbean Sea and Buck Island with big skies and big breezes. On really clear nights, you can see the lights on St. Thomas and St. John in the distance.
Dennis has been through over 25 years of being a business owner on St. Croix and still brings passion and joy to his work each and every day. When he is not cooking and having fun with food, Dennis is experimenting with new recipes and getting inspired by cookbooks.
Dennis loves his home island of St. Croix, and when the seasonal restaurant is closed during off-season (May – Oct), you’ll find Dennis hard at work at some of Long Island’s best eateries from Fire Island to the Hamptons – always inviting his summer customers to come visit St. Croix next winter.
5 Questions for Dennis:
If you wrote a book, what should the title be? Fun With Food.
What brought you to St. Croix originally? An airplane.
When you’re not working, you are… Doing interviews.
What is your favorite east end beach? Shoys is so beautiful.
What is your favorite west end beach? Sandcastle on the Beach
What do you recommend on the menu? Have you tried my homemade meatballs?
The prixe-fixe menu is available from 6-7 pm every night except Thursdays, when there is another special. Reservations are always recommended!
Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in 2016.
Italian American Caribbean Cuisine! Come for the view, stay for the food. Experience homemade pasta, succulent grill specials and local seafood dishes with fabulous desserts and wines. All selections on our menu are prepared fresh daily from local produce...