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Papagallo Dishes Out Favorites From Around the World

Bakery Scheduled to Open Soon

Papagallo, located at 87 Pleasant St., is Attleboro's newest family-run restaurant. The liklihood of being greeted by a member of the Amaya family upon entering is high. Family members came to the city from their native El Salvador over a period of many years and are now serving a vast array of international delights to area diners.

Karina Amaya explained that the restaurant is operated by the entire family, which includes two sisters, four brothers, mom and dad. Papagallo was a project that took two years to complete with much of that time spent seeking out the location and then giving much thought to construction and decoration.  

Francisco Amaya indicated that they wanted to convey a warm, inviting feel to the space and decided to work with shades of red, black, grey and whites in the diningroom, which has a capacity of about 75 diners. Artwork on the wall depicts locations from around the world, keeping with the international flavor of the Papagallo menu.

"We've also got a full service bar with 23 varieties of draft and bottled beer," Amaya said. "For football fans we offer 1/2 price appetizers on Sundays and Monday evenings and we have the complete NFL Sunday Ticket so we can show games going on anywhere in the NFL," he said.

Entrees are priced from $9 to $17, with a straightforward menu which lists the selections, primary ingredients and the dish's country of origin. You'll find traditional American fare, along with Italian, Mexican, Salvadorean, Puerto Rican, Mediterranean, Japanese and more from around the world. House specialties are indicated by a "kite" symbol on the menu, as the word "Papagallo" is Spanish for "kite".

As for "must try" options, Chef Ever Amaya suggested the Conejo, their specialty rabbit dish which is seasoned with Salvadorean spices and served with rice, refried beans and tortillas.

"I would also suggest the Mofongo Relleno, a Puerto Rican dish made with fried, mashed, green plantains and stuffed with your choice of steak, chicken or shrimp," he said. Ever Amaya brings many years of experience to the kitchen at Papagallo, having served as a chef at such well known establishments as the and s in Wrentham.

Debbie Carroll of Attleboro along with daughter Colleen and her sister Lynne Doherty of Plainville were at Papagallo enjoying a late lunch.  "I've been here five times already," Carroll said. "They've only been opened than less than a month!

"I keep coming back bringing different people," she added. "They've got a wonderful eclectic menu with prices that seem right for the current economy," she added. 

Looking ahead, Papagallo will be opening a bakery next door to the restaurant. The bakery will operate with earlier hours and feature a variety of El Salvadorean baked goods along with Latin American food products such as sauces, beans and frozen items. The Amaya's hope to have the bakery open in a few weeks.  

Misty M October 12, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Over priced, very small portions, poor service when we were the only customers in the place. Beans and Rice - the beans were in a small cup of which 3/4s were potatoes in a watery broth and not described on the menu as anything but beans. Was able to fish out a tablespoon of wet beans for the rice. Pupuanos - one small pancake and good luck finding the filling (though only $2). Guacamole was excellent. Eggplant stack topped with cheddar - very bizarre bitter taste. Kids meal at a whopping $7 was 1/4 cup of Kraft Mac and Cheese, the same stuff you make at home, and that was it! Sent back the watery creme brulee The Fried Ice Cream was coated in crispy cereal and greasy as if pan fried, not battered as described in the menu. Nachos were good, but so are they at other places where the food and service and prices are better. Spent way too much money ($70 included 20 percent tip for two adults one child and no alcohol). An hour and a half in an empty restaurant. Poor service. Won't go back. HUGE disappointment.
Bill F November 21, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Food is fantastic! Service is horrible at best.
Melissa Riley November 21, 2011 at 09:13 PM
I've been twice and the service and food were excellent! I look forward to going again! :)
LV November 22, 2011 at 01:51 AM
We had lunch there last week. Ordered the quesodilla. My husband had the buffalo chicken roll up. Both were good. Service was prompt and fine. So maybe they've gotten better?? There were about five other tables being served as well and everything seemed to run smoothly.
Amy January 23, 2012 at 06:19 PM
This restaurant is fantastic, it is such an absolute gem in the area. The food brings me back again and again. Everything from the mussels, calimari, rabbit dish, tortilla soup, plantains, philly cheese steak, burritos, pupusas, the maple glazed salmon, and fajitas. It's really got it all. The Tres Leches cake is to die for. The coconut flan is amazing as well. Admittedly the service was a slow in the beginning when the restaurant just opened, but the past couple times I went recently it has really improved. You really can't beat the price for the quality of this food. Can't wait til the bakery opens!

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