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“When in Nelson, go somewhere else.”
Review of When In Rome - CLOSED

When In Rome
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: At When In Rome we take pride in making our own pastas, pizzas, breads and sauces. Following traditional Italian methods and using only the best locally produced or Italian ingredients, we strive to take you on a magical culinary journey. A great meal is not only about great food and wine. A great meal is an emotional journey, enriched by the warmth of company, comfort of ambience, and caring service.That is why at When In Rome you are the most important guest.That is why our chefs are obsessive about culinary perfection and fundamental techniques passed on by generations to deliver the very best from the earth to your table. No detail or element can be less or more important than the other.A great meal is not the one that fills you up but the one that returns you to the sources of pleasure you may have forgotten and takes your senses to places they have never been before.
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“When in Nelson, go somewhere else.”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

When in Rome, dear reader, tell them of the horrors committed in their name. You see, when chefs in Rome keep you waiting it is for artistry, not incompetence. When waitresses in Rome sashay back to your table 20 minutes after your order, it is to bring more wine not to casually mention that most of the things you have ordered are not available from the kitchen. When restaurant owners in Rome find out you have been appalled with their food and service... well actually they'd probably be just as rude and unhelpful as this one. But he'd do it in an exciting Italian accent so you'd probably let him off.

Utterly diabolical from start to finish. A quiet night, there was hardly anything we ordered on the menu (some of this wasn't made clear until dishes were plonked in front of us). Food that we did get was - variously - tasteless, unfinished, sloppy and cremated. The whole affair took something like an hour and a half and ended badly when we had the audacity to complain. There really is no excuse to get Italian food this badly wrong.

  • Visited December 2011
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2 Thank Cassie F
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  • English first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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130 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“nice little restaurant”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

I liked the service. I got a free coffee because they were late. I really did not realize but he felt that he was slow in bringing me my coffee. One more thing if you are a pizza fan try something else. Nice place and I recommend it.

Visited December 2011
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Thank thenewstateman
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great! Wouldnt go with kids”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

My partner and I loved When In Rome. Our kids didn't enjoy it as much so would recommend going with partner/solo.
Great food and excellant service!

  • Visited February 2011
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Thank Colleen4154
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect Italian Restaurant - bueno bueno”
Reviewed 19 October 2011

We were exceedingly impressed by 'When In Rome' on our previous visit to Nelson. This time we were equally impressed, the friendly waiting staff gladly me our demands and advised and complimented our choices. The Prawn Risotto was a perfect entrée to share as we both ordered mains. The veal and mushrooms was divine and nice and rich as you would expect. Pizza was also perfect with an excellent base and the perfect four toppings true Italian style.
If you want a slice of Italy on your place then this is the place to go.

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Thank CarlosBamford
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Nelson, New Zealand
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“When in Nelson, be sure not to miss When In Rome ...”
Reviewed 19 August 2011

When in Nelson be sure not to miss When in Rome, an intimate little restaurant in Hardy Street.
They do The Most Divine tomato soup - great chef, great service, great atmosphere ...
oh yes, great coffee as well!

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank delta_whiskey_sierra
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