Meet The Restauranteurs - Piato

Elie Sopas

After 45 years, you’d think restaurateur Elie Sopas would have had enough of working in the same industry. But in fact, it’s the opposite for the internationally trained Master Chef.

Elie sold his award-winning Linga Longa restaurant in Edge Hill a year ago to take a step back, but he just couldn’t stay away.

He opened Piato at the Pier almost 2 years ago, and within the first three months Piato (the Italian word for plate) was named the third best restaurant in FNQ.

“I spend my life in the restaurant, and I love it,” he said. “You have to have passion, and if you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen you better get out of the game.”

He has already changed Piato’s menu a number times because, as he says, “Variety is the spice of life!”.

The Pier, 1 Pierpoint Road, Cairns

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