Reviewed by Helene Hillier
Tucked away on Silver Street in Leicester, Ask is a deceptively large restaurant with a cool, calm décor and a welcoming atmosphere. We sampled the garlic bread with cheese whilst we selected from the extensive menu. For starters we shared the antipasto classico; a beautifully presented platter that included cured meats, black olive tapenade and mozzarella – a good example of the Ask ethos of using fresh ingredients to produce delicious Italian food.
For the main course diners can choose from a wide range of pizzas and pastas with several suitable for vegetarians, or for something a bit different seafood features strongly. Our waitress recommended the frutti di mare stew, one of the summer specials, and it proved to be a good choice. Packed with clams, mussels, king prawns and sea bass it was a filling and extremely tasty dish. For something a bit lighter, the panino pollo is worth considering; a rosemary and sea salt bread sandwich filled with chicken breast, tomatoes and rocket and served with delicious “proper” chips.
Those with a sweet tooth will want to leave room for dessert as there is a range of seriously tempting puddings from honeycomb cheesecake to the gelati (including milk and honey flavour). We went for two of the more traditional Italian desserts; a beautifully rich and creamy tiramisu and the torta italiana, a gorgeous warm plum and pistachio tart served with a delicious vanilla gelato.
Children receive a warm welcome in the restaurant; crayons and colouring sheets keep them entertained and plenty of high chairs are available for younger diners. They are well catered for with their own menu that continues the theme of great fresh Italian food, and is excellent value for money; three courses and a babyccino for £5.95 with several choices for main course and dessert.
The service was attentive yet unobtrusive and this, combined with the delicious food, has us planning a return visit already!
For more information or to book a table visit www.askitalian.co.uk