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Castelli Restaurant

Italian, 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, Late Night, 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
Very good!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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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28 reviews
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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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45 reviews
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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
2 reviews
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Its not enough italian name to make italian restoran. Need to have italian dishes not melted and also not properly cooked. Service kind but quite confused. Reasonable prices but will not return, sorry.

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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Castelli is not for everyone I will agree but for me it is one of the best restaurants I visit in the world. It is authentic, old fashioned, traditional and serves Italian food that is as good as any in Italy. The service is formal with waiters in classic white high collar jackets. Some of them have been here forever.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is one of the oldest Italian Restaurants in Addis - an institution. And over the years, this is the ONE place I need to go to when in Addis! The standard is always good and the food is excellent. Their antipasta selection is just delicious, the prociutto is the best in town. The home made pastas excellent - try... More 

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El Paso, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a step above in a city struggling to offer fine dining. The food is outstanding and the service is good. There is an unnecessary air of superiority among the staff that would be better represented by a welcoming atmosphere but this does not mean you should not eat here. Just accept it and enjoy the food.

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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, Pasta, Ethiopian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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, Pasta, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business

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