I often drive by Pappagallo's and have always wondered about their "Ultimate Cheesecakes". Unfortunately, almost every time I drive by, they are closed - to a point where I wonder if they ever open.
I finally caught a lucky break and went on a weekend afternoon - and yes, they were open! I walked into the cozy little coffee shop and stood behind two ladies in line.
Not to my surprise, they were both in line for the cheesecakes and they both had purchased whole ones.
I think they offer about 8-10 different flavors of cheesecakes which they make daily, or so I was told.
I wanted to get 3 slices so that I can try a few different flavors, but I couldn't decide which ones to get (the only flavor they were s/o of was the Tiramisu). The owner suggested one fruit, one with nuts, and one other. I thought it was a brillant suggestion. So I went with 1 blueberry, 1 cappucino, and 1 Turtles cheesecake.
As he was scooping them into take-out containers, he let me try a huge spoonful of the blueberry and Turtles one. It was heaven on a fork - or 2 forks! Very light tasting and smooth and not overly sweet.
The owner said that he and his wife make the cheesecakes daily and they are open from 6am - 6pm (which explains why they were closed everytime I drove by in the evenings). Cheesecake slices were about $3.50 a piece, but they were huge! I split mine into two and still had an ample size each time. Whole cheesecakes are $25 and worth every penny.
My only complaint about them are that the crust is a little on the thick side
I used to love coming here all the time for their cheesecake and I remembered the owner being very courteous and nice. However, it's being a while since I could go. Last week I decided to make the drive to Burnaby for some takeout. The cheesecake was a bit sweeter than I remembered. The girl behind the counter wasn't exactly the friendliest......there was none of the nostalgic welcome feel. Also, they upped the price of each slice now to $5.......TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED in my opinion. Although the cheesecake is still good, the slices have gotten smaller, the price wayyyyyyyyy too expensive compared to Cheesecake etc.
The other thing that bothered me was how they put so many signs or cartoons slamming Starbucks. It's just not good taste in my opinion. Maybe they have better coffee (can't comment here as I never tried it) but that doesn't justify mud-slinging your competition.
I don't think I would go back again. It's too far away and the service and price doesn't justify the drive. If you're in the neighborhood, you could probably try it out though.
I used to adore this little cafe. It had delicious cheesecakes, the most amazing cappuccinos and the owner was so sweet. However it seems like the owners have changed and so has the quality in the food and drinks. The cheesecakes are similar but the taste is off and often too sweet, the new faces can't seem to make a decent cappuccino and they are definitely not the most friendly bunch. I used to go often but rarely do so now, I miss the old owners.
Although it's not their fault. I read many reviews from different websites saying this place is worth the drive. I came from Richmond all the way through traffic to try it out.
What I had is a latte and a slice of strewberry cheesecake. The latte was typical ran of the mill coffee tasting, but the problem isn't that it just feels like the foam was scooped on top (a big no no in my eyes). The cheesecake was okay good portion soft and creamy. However, it was too sweat and the side crust was too big making it difficult to finish the entire slice.
The items I got was not that expensive and there wasn't much services to speak of. Basically they ask you what you would like to order and they serve it to you.
The worst part came to the ambiance, it was just this small old looking cafe. Not in the it's cool to be retro look it's one of those we don't really care sort of looking cafe.
All in all if you came from Richmond or other far away places, you can skip this place. However if you live nearby it's okay to try out.
My friend recommended me this place last year and I thoght I'd give it a try some day. I bought a whoe blueberry cheesecake, which cost $30. I was extremely disappointed about its taste. It was shared among 5 people. The crust tasted like it has been sitting in the fridge for a long time. The blueberry sauce was way too sweet that all of us started coughing after 2-3 bites. The middle part was just okay; quite smooth and creamy, but it wasn't extraordinary.