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Castelli Restaurant

Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #44 of 138 restaurants in Addis Ababa
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cairo
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What's wrong with this place? Why all the hype? For some to call it best Italian restaurant in the world, something is wrong!! When some call it "an institution", something is wrong! When the owner greets you with an attitude that's clearly contagious to the rest of the staff, something is wrong! I bet you that's not how they greeted... More

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tjfc66
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

You walk in. The grumpy, unwelcoming owner grunts 'reservation?' He sighs when you say no then orders which table we should sit on. Boxy rooms don't allow for any ambience. Huge prices. We walked out due to the hush and threatening vibe. Go to KG burger for an altogether nicer time where the hosts smile and seem happy to have... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I don't understand why Castelli is such an institution in Addis. The gentleman who sits at the entry and controls admission seemed gruff and snooty. The food was not seasoned or sauced at all. When ordering fried calamari I expected the breading to have at least some salt or pepper if not a dipping sauce but it had neither. The... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Every time I'm in Addis i go to Castelli's. This is an institution. Be prepared for a great meal. The ambiance is simple but cozy, in that old house full of little rooms. If you choose right, you could end up thinking this is one of the best italian meals you've had. They have really good antipasti as a starter.... More

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Maywood, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Ok, so I'd heard so much about this one, "not to be missed" and all that. The food was good, but I think there's too much hype surrounding this restaurant. Owner sits right at the entrance, allocates diners to tables; would help if he at least acknowledged your arrival

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The owner is the redheaded stepchild of the mafia. He was clearly sent to Ethiopia for a reason. The food was OK, but not worth the price.

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Rome, Italy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

As Italian living in Africa I came to Castelli with big expectations (probably too high), and I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. For Africa it is definitely a good Italian restaurant, worth to try if you often go to Addis, but it is quite far from the Italian standards. I liked the starters (Prosciutto San Daniele... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We ordered one main salad entry.... the best sun dried tomatoes in town.... great salad selection on display upon entry... We had ravioli, tagliatelle and lasagna as a main and ice cream cake desert (which was not on the list of favorites according to the waiter).... everything was amazing.... great value for money in my view.... drinks a bit over... More

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Antibes, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I never fail to visit Castelli every time i'm in Addis. While it's definitely not the cheapest option in town, it remains very reasonably priced, and the pasta is just fantastic. Add the old-style stylish surroundings, the top-notch service and the good italian wine, and you've got what has to be one of the very best italian places in Addis,... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

You are welcomed by the beautiful array of grilled vegetables on one side of the entrance and the old Italian man on the other. You might deceive yourself into thinking that he was not welcoming if you did not already know that he was a critical part in the carefully orchestrated show that is Castelli Restaurant. The food is fine... More

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