Joined: 14 Feb 2005
Location: Cayman Islands
|Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 12:48 pm Post subject: Pappagallo | Video | Photos | Reviews|
is an amazing structure constructed with beautiful local elements situated lakeside in a remote bird sanctuary. Unsurpassed quality of food, service and ambiance.
Check the coupon section for seasonal specials. Located directly on the lake in West Bay, Map 2
Reservations highly recommended: 949-1119.
Pappagallo is even more beautiful than ever as most of the trees have grown back and the surrounding lake is clean and filled with new life. Thousands of palm fonds were replaced on the roof and the brand new outside deck has been expanded. Many of the birds have returned to this sanctuary judging by the soothing chirping sounds in the background. Built in 1985, this monument to the architecture of tropical material is constructed of bamboo, mahogany, wicker, marble and Caymanite; most notably, it boasts a 30-foot thatch roof using over 100,000 fonds.
Vico and Humphrey Bogart were right there as always to greet us with a warm Italian welcome.
Italian marble and tile flooring have been replaced throughout the entire inside and the lounge has been expanded. The main entrance area has been moved to its own private foray, opening up the entryway and affording further expansion of the lounge. Matching the existing d?cor of the restaurant and surrounding landscape, the lounge area is comprised of an exquisite accompaniment of wood, stone, marble, mahogany, wicker and palm.
The spacious main dining area has been completely restored to its original condition along with many new features. All of the wood was replaced and expanded upon adding to the charm of this remarkable monument to tropical architecture. New wicker chairs, tables, fans and wall adornments blend right in with the tropical motif, enhancing the authenticity of a lavish tropical structure situated in a remote bird sanctuary.
Extensive wine and menu selections await you as you make your way past the lush extravagant greeting and lounge areas. While you are enjoying your fresh-baked bread, a team of 10 world-class chefs are backstage concocting some of the finest Northern Italian cuisine anywhere in the world.
After six months of severe withdrawal symptoms I finally got my first taste of one of my favorite fried calamari dishes accompanied with zucchini and their signature cloth-wrapped lemon. I ordered one of the house specials, Clam Linguini prepared with their unique homemade noodles, gently boiled immediately after being made. This is one of the very few restaurants on the island that do not use dehydrated noodles and it is one of the many things that set them apart from the others. With a slightly thick texture, the andante noodles are both soft and light with a unique and delicious flavor. Steamed clams rich in butter, garlic and assorted spices were served open-shell surrounding the pasta linguini. Peggy ordered a delicious salmon dish with baby saut?ed onions, garlic potatoes and some kind of caramelized vegetables, all equally delicious. With our bellies full of some of the best Northern Italian cuisine we have had in a long time, we both passed on their many extravagant home-made desserts.
Finally, Pappagallo is back and better than ever. Do not miss this rare opportunity to enjoy some of the best Northern Italian cuisine on the planet, in one of the most unique and extravagant tropical settings imaginable. If ever there was a true must-do dining experience, this is it.
You will not normally find a coupon for this esteemed establishment, so please always ask for Vico personally when you arrive and tell him that I sent you.
Joe Stebbins, Editor
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