Ask Italian has had a facelift and a new menu

by mediocremum on 30/04/2013

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If you’re on a diet I wouldn’t recommend going to Ask Italian for lunch.  It’s not that the food is exceptionally fattening, but I couldn’t stop eating and the Prosecco Brut was flowing.

Italian Chef Theo Randall

We were invited down to try out the new menu.  Award winnning Italian Chef, Theo Randall, has been brought in as a consultant chef and has helped to transform the restaurant.  They felt the restaurants were looking tired and wanted to, not only give the restaurants a face lift, but also to match the menu to the new look.

Ask Italian Restaurant London

The team, including Theo, had recently been to an remote area outside of Naples, Italy where they discovered Panzerottini, a small dough ball stuffed with Turnip Tops.  However, he knew that if he put Turnip tops on the menu in the UK they wouldn’t be that popular so they’ve modified them.  You can choose between Chilli and Cheese or Pancetta.

Ask Italian - Panzerottini

We had a chance to make them ourselves.  I was rather impressed that I didn’t manage to ‘balls’ it up. I’m not a huge fan of a lot of spice but weirdly I preferred the Cheese and Chilli.  It’s the perfect starter and great for sharing.

Making Panzerottin - Ask Italian

Then we sat down for the most amazing feast.  The food just kept coming.  I wish they’d warned us!

Spaghetti Al Pomodoro

Ask Italian - Spaghetti Al Pomodoro

Prima Pizza – stone-baked with longer, crispy bases

Ask Italian - Pizza

 

Dessert Sharing Board – for those that can’t decide

Ask Italian - Pudding Sharing Platter

I think they’ve nailed it! Simple Italian food with quality ingredients.  Thanks to Ask Italian for a yummy lunch!

Pictured with me making dough balls is Clare from The Vegetarian Experience and Heather from Hef’s Kitchen.

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