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Castelli Restaurant

Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
571757
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Ranked #46 of 131 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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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Judging from other reviews, it sounds like this place can be hit-or-miss, so let me preface this by saying that I've only been here once as I wasn't in Addis Ababa for long (and my experience was certainly colored by the fact that I came to Ethiopia from Cameroon, where restaurants of Castelli's caliber simply don't exist). Our experience, however,... More

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Oslo
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had a great night - not so much because of the food as because of the friends. Food was good (the starter), average (the main course) and pretty good (the dessert). Service reasonable - but we waited and waited for the bill. And we booked a table for 19h00…but the doors only were opened at 19h15.

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Trier
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

In my humble opinion this place is overrated due to the following reasons: - the place is a converted house, therefore if you are unlucky you end up in a small square room with only two other tables. When I want to sit in a small room, I might as well stay in the hotel and order room service. -... More

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Kigali, Rwanda
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

the best thing is owner greeting you as you enter, old family restaurant makes you want to hear their stories of 50 years ago. The antipasti of freshly cut cured meats was delicious, as well as the mains. Very generous portions, good service and good house imported wine. Nothing to complain about, highly recommended if what you want it good... More

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London, United Kingdom
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469 reviews 469 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
348 helpful votes 348 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Yes, there is one good pasta dish, but, from there on its all Dwonhill, seriously downhill - The owner, who apparently only smiles when some moviestars or royals come htere, is a complete goon, he does sit on a throne and whatever everyone else has written, it is true, he treats you like an idiot who comex there ot ask... More

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Ethiopia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Revisiting Addis for two weeks and ate twice here, I have never had a bad meal here! Mr Carletto can be a bit unfriendly to others but I have never had any problems with him. We always choose the antipasti.....the fresh grilled eggplant, zucchini, oven dried tomatoes, pulses of all description, cheese, cooked spinach and lettuce which is then drizzled... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Fantastic and delicious Italian food, at very reasonable prices (about 7-10 US$ for a main dish). Choice of antipasti, pasta, meat, desserts, but no pizza. Good wine list. Amazing service, in a gorgeous location. It feels like an old house, and the restaurant is a series of rooms each with 3-4 tables in so you have a quiet and intimate... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We live in Addis since more than 1 ½ years and we used to visit the restaurant frequently during the first months of our stay in Addis. However, over time we felt that the quality of the food had badly declined and we stopped coming. Few weeks back, we thought of giving it again a try. Food was Ok and... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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222 reviews 222 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Castelli really makes you feel like you are in Italy, with an old-fashioned interior, choose-your-own approach to the antipasti, and wonderful homemade pasta. Don't be put off by the somewhat surly owner.

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Malmo, Sweden
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

A piece of Italy in Addis. Good food, different Italian dishes. The service is good but be clear what you ordering, was some misunderstandings during my visit. The price on imported wine is quite high. An average Italian restaurant.

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