ASK Italian York

ASK Italian yorkStyleNest recently took a weekend trip to York, heading for lunch at ASK Italian.

Stepped into the old assembly room building, there’s an instant wow factor to ASK Italian York. Complete with high ceilings and ornate detail, the structure plays host to signature stylish ASK décor. Greeted by friendly faces and shown to our table, the family-friendly vibe was instantly clear. We were given our menu and I happily found multiple gluten free options, which can sometimes be a struggle with Italian food.

There are 110 ASK restaurants throughout the country, yet ASK York has a definite originality of its own. A push for totally authentic Italian food and atmosphere is obvious, with lovely touches such as their 100% Italian wine list. Plumping for a carafe of red, we soaked up the atmosphere whilst ordering.

With two hungry children to feed, our waitress suggested she bring their starters out straightaway. This is just one of ASK’s many family-friendly features and they arrived almost instantly. A very welcome move, our children were content so we could sip our red wine without screaming little ones. The minis tucked into Vegetable Sticks with Garlic Soldiers and Dip and drew on their colouring-in menus as we chatted minus stressed out kids.

For our starter we shared the Antipasto Classico Board, a delicious mix including buffalo mozzarella, smoked prosciutto, Milano and finocchiona salami, rocket and tomato salad with ricotta salata and their rosemary & sea salt bread with olive tapenade. A yummy start to proceedings, next up I enjoyed a gluten-free Margherita as my husband tucked into a sourdough Siciliana. The kids enjoyed pasta and pizza of their own, with my little girl receiving the plain penne she requested.

Dessert time meant tasty Tip & Top Ice Cream for the kids, an enticing mix of ice cream covered with mini marshmallows, strawberries, meringue and sprinkles. They also both drank a Babycinno as we chose an Espresso each. Absolutely stuffed, I just pinched a bit of my daughter’s meringue, but the Mr devoured some Pistachio and Olive Oil Cake.

A lovely time was had by all at ASK Italian York and we particularly appreciated their willingness to meet every need, however big or small. The food was top class, the atmosphere warm and inviting, and most importantly, our little ones were totally content. Definitely well worth a visit, we are sure to return to another ASK Italian soon.

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