When In Rome is a fully licensed Italian Restaurant in central Nelson, making and serving simple, authentic Italian food, at an extremely good price. Read our story to find out why we enjoy every minute of life at When In Rome.

Come and eat with the When In Rome family, at 278 Hardy Street in Nelson’s CBD,
or call us and order a meal to take home to your family.


DINNER: 7 days – 5pm till late.

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"I was just in Nelson to follow up on a business option and decided to check out the local restaurants. I walked past When in Rome and decided to enter as it looked so inviting, warm and fairly busy.

Staff approached me quickly with a smile and led me to a table. I ordered a glass of Ned Pinot Gris which was just amazing and the food I ordered was just the same, full of flavour and just a delight to eat, will most definitely visit whenever in Nelson."


"What a surprise!

I have been to When In Rome two days after they had opened in October 2009 and to be honest thought of the meal good but not extraordinary. Since then I have been out of Nelson and last week upon returning home my friends organised a dinner at When In Rome.

Things have changed indeed. The food firstly looked fantastic. Could not believe I was paying only $19 for the Ravioli which was looking so fancy and tasted out of this world. Also had a bite from Vanessa’s pizza which was delightful. Staff was friendly and attentive as usual. The chef’s special dessert was again I thought under-priced… only $9 for a yummy banoffee pie!! Well you guys have surely become my favorite restaurant. We will see you soon."


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