Il Castello is a popular Italian restaurant located in El Poblado in Medellín with some very good Italian food with fresh pasta made by a factory owned by this restaurant. Also, the owner of this restaurant is reportedly from Rome.
After you’ve been in Colombia for a while and had your fill of rice, frijoles, patacones and chicharrón, there’s nothing like having some good Italian food. Il Castello is classy restaurant with very good Italian food with fresh pasta made in their own factory. In addition, they have a reasonable wine selection that isn’t overpriced.
Furthermore, Il Castello is currently ranked the 12th best Italian restaurant out of over 180 Italian restaurants in Medellín listed on TripAdvisor in Medellín. But keep in mind that TripAdvisor can’t always be trusted for Medellín and in my opinion Il Castello should be ranked higher.
Note the above photos of food dishes at the restaurant are courtesy of Il Castello.
Il Castello Has a Pasta Factory
Something unique about Il Castello is that they have their own separate pasta factory located in the Manila barrio of El Poblado, which is located at Carrera 43F # 16A – 08.
The restaurant wanted to make its pasta in the original Italian tradition. The pasta is made from eggs with imported premium durum wheat and semolina. And it has no additives, preservatives or dyes.
The Il Castello pasta is available not only for the restaurant but is also used in some hotels in Medellín and Cartagena. Also, restaurants such as Café Le Gris, Triada, La Provincia and J&C Delicias use this pasta.
In addition, this pasta is reportedly available for sale in some Exito, Carulla and Euro grocery stores.
The Food Menu
Il Castello has a menu that is full of pasta dish choices, house specialties, ravioli dishes, pizzas, salads, and much more, plus a wide array of appetizers.
There are several types of pasta dishes available on the menu including fettuccine, ravioli, spaghetti and penne. And the pasta is fresh and made by a separate factory owned the restaurant. Also, you can substitute the pasta in each dish for a different pasta.
The pasta dishes range in price from 20,000 to 37,500 pesos. Also, there is meat and chicken lasagna available for 32,500 and 33,500 pesos.
Also, on the menu are several meat, chicken and fish combination dishes that come with pasta with prices ranging from 36,500 to 46,000 pesos.
In addition, there are 20 different pizzas on the menu that are priced at 32,000 to 50,500 pesos each.
Also, there are 20 appetizers on the menu priced at 15,500 to 34,500 pesos. Furthermore, there are three salads priced from 34,500 to 37,000 pesos.
Finally, there are eight desserts on the menu that are priced from 15,500 to 17,000 pesos.
The Drink Menu
Il Castello has a decent sized drink menu. They have 10 beer options on the menu with prices that range from 7,000 to 9,500 pesos. Also, there are over 35 wine options on the menu plus house red and white wines available by the glass.
In addition, there are over 10 cocktails on the menu for 12,500 to 23,000 pesos. Also, there are nine liquors available by the bottle for 50,000 to 145,000 pesos. And there are 30 liquor options available by the shot for 8,000 to 20,500 pesos per shot.
Nonalcoholic beverages include natural fruit juices or lemonade for 7,000 to 8,500 pesos. In addition, they also have teas, bottled water and sodas for 5,500 to 6,500 pesos. In addition, there are two coffee options on the menu for 7,500 and 8,000 pesos.
How to Get to Il Castello
One way to get to Il Castello is via the Medellín metro. The restaurant is located about a 15-minute walk uphill from the Poblado metro station on Line A
Taxis are another option to get to this restaurant, just provide the address below.
Address: Carrera 40 #10A-14, El Poblado, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 312 8287
Hours: Monday to Saturday: Noon to 2:30 pm and 6 pm to 10:30 pm. Sunday and holidays: closed.
Payment accepted: Cash and credit or debit cards.
The Best Italian Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
On the Medellin Guru website, we have looked at nine of the best Italian restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley:
- Romero Cocina Artesanal – a popular chain of four Italian restaurants in Medellín with good Italian food.
- Parmessano – a popular chain of 12 Italian restaurants in Medellín with some good Italian food.
- Pizzería Olivia – a chain of eight pizzerias in Medellín with great brick-oven cooked pizzas as well as very good Italian food.
- Della Nonna Tratoria – a popular chain of Italian restaurants with two locations in Medellín and one in Llanogrande.
- Il Castello – a popular Italian restaurant in El Poblado with good Italian food and they make their own pasta in a factory.
- Caduff Pasta Fresca – a popular Swiss-owned Italian restaurant in Laureles with good food.
- Palazzetto D’Italía – a hidden gem Italian restaurant in El Centro with good food.
- Dante – a popular Italian restaurant in El Poblado in the La Strada building with good food.
- Il Forno – a chain of 21 Italian restaurants in Medellín that has good Italian food.
Also, we included Il Castello in our list of the best Italian restaurants in Medellín.
The Bottom Line: Il Castello
I like Italian food and I have lived in Medellín for over eight years and have eaten at Il Castello several times. The staff is attentive and friendly and the food is very good. So, this restaurant is popular. And it fills up on the weekends and sometimes other days. So, reservations can be required, even during lunchtime.
The warm ambience in this restaurant suits the fresh pasta. In my experience the pasta is always fresh, as the restaurant has a separate factory that makes the pasta. And you can even buy the pasta to bring home.
The bottom line is that Il Castello has some very good food with fresh pasta and other ingredients and good presentation. And the restaurant has a nice ambiance and good service.
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Fully agree that it’s the best Italian restaurant in Medellín. Since I discovered it over a year ago I have been back at least twice a month ever since. I also found their products on sale in the frozen section at Carulla, El Poblado, between calle 10a and 11. But nothing beats eating at their restaurant: it’s not cheap, but the best in taste and quality, and well worth it. Agree by experience that reservations are particularly required for weekend evenings, as it’s always full.