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“There are cheaper, better places, but still good.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Castelli Restaurant

Castelli Restaurant
Infront of Mahmoud music shop | Piassa, Mahatma-Gandhi St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
571757
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Ranked #26 of 170 Restaurants in Addis Ababa
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
London, UK
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“There are cheaper, better places, but still good.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

For Addis prices this restaurant works out expensive. It's worth getting dishes to share if you're in a group since we found the food a bit hit-and-miss. Dishes that were good included the Tagliatelle Tartufo, the parma ham and the pistachio ice cream. Although the service was better than what I expected after reading reviews here, I prefer the slightly cheaper venues of Aba Guben and Avanti which have a bit more atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Addis Ababa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Ethiopians still no good at European cuisine”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

The place is devoid of atmosphere, and the restaurant offers very poor and expensive imitation of Italian food. This is a good reason to prefer Ethiopian food when you are in Ethiopia.

Visited February 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good food at a cost”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The Italian menu is excellent and Italian wines are available.
The restaurant is very old for Addis; I went there in the 1960ies. It is now renovated and has a lot of atmosphere.
On the negative side is the price, and the slightly artifical atmosphere with (when I was there) only foreign patrons.

Visited November 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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131 reviews 131 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“The best Italian food I have eaten outside Italy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The restaurant is extremely good and authentic. The food is very good and makes one feel very well after having eaten a lot, which says a lot about the quality of ingredients used. The restaurant has an old world charm and is a simple place. A bit costly by standards of Addis Ababa but worth it. The Tagliatelle Tartufo is extremely good and highly recommended and the mushroom ravioli are excellent. A visit to thios place is a must for the lovers of Italian food.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Best pasta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Excellent food. The pasta is fantastic. We had a selection of foods and starters all very good. Also a good selection of wine.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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