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Castelli Restaurant

Italian, African, Pasta, Ethiopian
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Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
571757
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average in all scales

Had a business dinner, unfriendly welcome reception by the owner and the food with service was mediocre if even less. Wine list short but inexpensive and quality was okay.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Espoo, Finland
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Espoo, Finland
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Had a business dinner, unfriendly welcome reception by the owner and the food with service was mediocre if even less. Wine list short but inexpensive and quality was okay.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Someone should inform the owners here that fascism ended in Ethiopia and Italy over 80 years ago. The racial judgement is just pathetic in this day and age. The starters are pretty good...easy as they are all imported The pasta is decent but not great compared to the other options in Addis. The meat is not good. Overcooked/undercooked, not marinated... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It has been many years since visiting this restaurant. Over the past 15 years I always make a point of visiting this lovely establishment. The staff have been here for ever which is a testament to loyalty and the service levels are impeccable. The food is always fresh and cooked as desired. As per the title.. As good as ever.... More 

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Cambridge, MA
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The food was mostly good -- excellent steak with red wine. The cold buffet was on the bland side, also. It didn't help that our waiter incorrectly told us that the price was "by weight," so we took small quantities only to discover when the bill came that we were charged by plate. Service was very slow and not attentive.... More 

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Djibouti, Djibouti
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Went last week with a colleague. Loved the Calamar salad and the Lasagna. Good location near Piazza and well decorated. It is a pitty that they do not accept anybody for lunch after 14h 30.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Overpriced. Terrible location. Poor service. Not sure what the geriatric owner is playing at. Difficult to take business guests as service can be denied randomly. Tends to look down on Asians. All in all a place to avoid except for the truly masochistic.

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A short tree can appear tall when surrounded by bonsai. A basic restaurant can seem good in a city with limited options. Castelli's reputation appears to benefit from the generally low quality of restaurants in Addis Ababa. Yes it has some decent cured meats and the pasta is as good as one might find in an average restaurant in Italy,... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Castelli is one of the best restaurants in Ethiopia. Perhaps the best. Certainly a historical landmark of the gastronomical landscape. At Castelli, you can have genuine Italian home made food, made by experts, with passion and a certain austere elegance.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I went to Castelli Restaurant with friends and colleagues and every time it's a great experience. I strongly recommend you: The buffet, Linguine al nero di seppia Fettuccine al tartufo I have always been taking these 3 dishes and I can not get enough. I will have to thing about trying others soon. Best Italian restaurant for me so far... More 

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Juba, South Sudan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

So yes, the Front of House/Owner guy is a little like the 'Soup Nazi' in that Seinfeld episode ...'no soup for you'...! Deal with it, it's part of this restaurants' heritage, but once you're admitted you're in for a treat. Fresh antipasto, succulent hams nice atmosphere. The fettuccine with truffles was out of this world. I will go back.

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Address: Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone Number: 571757
Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa
Cuisine: Italian, African, Pasta, Ethiopian

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  • Address: Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa
  • Phone Number: 571757

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, African, Pasta, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business

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