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Travellers' Choice2023
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0.4 km from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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At Nicolini’s you will find pasta, meats, breads and ..more pasta. Come and experience the feeling of being whisked away for an Italian evening as you step into the small, intimate rustic interior, where the service is excellent and the feel of the place is charming. Nicolini’s is family owned and run by an Italian, traditional pasta-making family. Raffaele with sons, Antonio, Fabrizio and Marlon are third and fourth generation restaurateurs with over 170 years of combined experience in Italy, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997, our mission at Nicolini’s has been to bring age old recipes to the local community using local produce and imported ingredients, maintaining the authenticity
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $54
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Live Music, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Such a great atmosphere! We had the Venison Rigatoni and Tiramisu and they were delicious. The staff were so welcoming and Anika had us laughing all evening!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Bad service and over priced. Looked lovely from the outside but when we went in was a disappointing experience on all fronts.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of choices from different kinds of Italian food. Custoner service is excellent and food is delicious. Our family of four ordered different food: fish of the day, lasagna, ravioli and spaghetti prawns / everyone loved their order as well ad the garlic bread for...starters. Will recommend to everyone zi know and will return.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Nicolini's many times over the past 20 years, but I was disappointed this time. We had to sit on high stools at a small table. Quite uncomfortable. The food was lack lustre- certainly not as good as previous occasions. Prices have...increased considerably since COVID.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 28 February 2024

We go here everytime we are in wellington and it's the best! The atmosphere is lively and the staff are friendly and very helpful (be sure to ask about special wines!! They have so Many to choose from) We are working our way through the...menu and love every dish 😍 Highly recommend to anyone 👌More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024

One of my all time best restaurant experiences! We were traveling from the states, went here for our Valentine’s Day meal on Feb 13. The food and service were top notch. I had possibly the best garlic bread and tiramisu I’ve ever tasted. Entree delicious...also. This is a real Italian restaurant run by an Italian family-and it showed.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

The flavors are authentic, the portions are generous, and the atmosphere is cosy. Classic and delicate pasta dishes, this spot offers a delightful taste of Italy in every bite. They have a decent wine menu and very good service. Well done.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 February 2024 via mobile

This was our first time at the new restaurant. It was brilliant. A great atmosphere and staff that were attentive and friendly. We started with the Antipasto which was absolutely delicious. I went with the Spaghetti Mussels. Truly an outstanding meal. The pasta was cooked...perfectly. The sauce was absolutely delicious and the perfectly cooked mussels made for a truly outstanding meal. If you’re in the neighbourhood you should try this restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 February 2024 via mobile

Fantastic meal, great wine and a fabulous atmosphere. I would thoroughly recommend coming here for an authentic Italian experience!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 February 2024

Absolutely a great experience throughout the evening. Food was great, equally service was just as good. The atmosphere was excellent with a piano player playing live modern jazz. A great experience, I wish we had as good an Italian restaurant near us in Sydney.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 February 2024

We first went to Nicolinis in 2019, and it was amazing. In the intervening years they have moved round the corner to a bigger establishment, and this is a detrimental event. The food was still very good, but the service left something to be desired....We had booked a table but it was not available, they asked us to wait 5 minutes, and then another 5, and then? yes another 5. In the end we waited 20 minutes, we did say give us a time and we will come back, but this was not entertained. When we were shown to our table the service was no where near as good as last time. Weighing up the food versus the service i am not sure we would go back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 January 2024 via mobile

The food was old style mama cooking. I had lamb cappetelli. The pasta was way too thick and the filling on edge of being over seasoned, but the red sauce was punchy. The ravioli lacked the usual pears but was tasty. In fact everything was...tasty but, as per other diners, the place is crammed too tight, incredibly loud and the piano player is talented though he had to bang away to be heard— and he does. This place reminded me of the Italian “joints” we went to when I was a kid.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 December 2023 via mobile

Our dinner meal was very good. The Steak, and seafood with linguine were excellent. The service was friendly, polite, unrushed, and respectful. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone. Please note reservations would be advisable.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023

The best spaghetti carbonara!! It is not on the menu but I asked and they made it! The flavours are excellent and the portion was big enough to have it for lunch the next day

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

After reading the good reviews we were looking forward to our meal but it was disappointing. The tables are too close, the “background” music is loud, the first meal that came out was the wrong meal and both meals were not particularly well cooked. No...surprise that we were out after 40 minutes.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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When we were last there in July Raphael was semi-retired and only cooking one night a week in the restaurant. He and his wife still doing well then as far as the staff told us.
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NICOLINI'S, Wellington - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Nicolini's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4