As a family we love going out for meals and without a doubt our favourite restaurants are always Italian ones. You just can’t go wrong when it comes to kids, pizza and pasta! We were invited to try out the new ASK Italian children’s menu and couldn’t wait. The only other time we had been to ASK Italian was last Christmas and we had a really lovely meal as part of a weekend in London.
But this time we stayed closer to home and visited our closest ASK Italian in Fleet, Hampshire. We don’t often go to Fleet but it has a really lovely High Street – complete with bunting – and ASK Italian was easy to find. We walked into the restaurant and we were immediately happy to be there – it was so bright and airy and we were given a lovely warm welcome.
The children chose where to sit and got to work colouring in whilst we browsed the menu. The children’s menus doubled up as activity sheets and had lots to colour in as well as finger puppet people to colour and then pop out. The children couldn’t have been happier!
The children’s menu was lovely – with a starter, main, dessert and babyccino for £6.95. For starters the children had just one option – cucumber and carrot sticks, garlic bread and a dip which was perfect for them and a really nice portion size.
After that, LP chose to have Spaghetti Al Pomodoro – basically spaghetti in a tomato sauce and she loved it. Spaghetti is one of her favourite things and the sauce was really thick, with big tomato chunks in it. The portion size was really generous and LP really enjoyed it.
Little Man chose the Top Your Own Pizza where you pick any two toppings to add to a cheese and tomato pizza. He chose ham and extra cheese and his pizza looked amazing. It was just the right size for a children’s pizza – although he couldn’t manage it all. It came cut into the perfect size slices and it was perfect for him.
For our starters Hubby chose the Meatballs, fried beef and chilli meatballs coated in breadcrumbs and served with a spicy tomato and basil dip. This is his ideal starter – lots of meat, and the meatballs tasted lovely, especially the crispy edge to them. We’ve only ever had meatballs in a tomato sauce before so these made a really nice change.
I chose the Antipasto which is my classic starter, a huge favourite of mine. It included Buffalo mozzarella, smoked prosciutto, salami, rocket salad and Rosemary & Sea Salt bread with olive tapenade. It had the right balance of meat, bread and salad and I really enjoyed it.
For our mains I chose the Insalata Di Pollo e Pancetta which was a really lovely salad full of avocado, tomatoes, spinach, Cos lettuce and red onion topped with chicken and pancetta and served with a honey mustard dressing. I really enjoyed it, the flavours worked well together and the dressing was lovely.
Hubby had the Pork Belly Porchetta, slow roasted pork belly served with new potatoes and greens. It’s not the sort of meal either of us would usually order at an Italian restaurant but he wanted to pick something different and was so glad he did. The flavours were wonderful and the pork was really melt in the mouth. His only criticism was that it would have been nice for it to be served on a plate as it was hard to eat in two seperate dishes but he managed it without too much trouble!
The service was wonderful throughout, our drinks order was taken really quickly at the start and we were asked regularly if we wanted more drinks or needed anything else. They were also happy to wait until the children had finished eating before clearing our table. Sometimes when we eat out with the kids we can feel rushed but ASK Italian made us feel so welcome and as if we could spend as long as we liked. It was refreshing and really appreciated.
A meal out wouldn’t be complete without desserts and the children both had the Tip and Top Ice Cream. This is a bowl of their chosen flavour ice cream served with pots of fresh strawberries, marshmallows, sprinkles and meringue which you can then use to make your very own ice cream sundae. The children loved this and it really did finish their meal off perfectly.
Hubby chose the Honeycomb Cheesecake which he said was lovely, really nice and rich and creamy without being too much. The perfect balance of flavours. He really licked that it was served with ice cream too as usually cheesecakes are served with cream and he loves good quality ice cream too.
I went for the Pistachio and Olive Oil Cake which was something completely new to me but something I really enjoyed. It was served warm with vanilla ice cream which complimented it perfectly and the cake was so lovely and moist. It was quite light for a pudding and so easy to eat even after two other courses.
We really loved our visit to ASK Italian. It was so family friendly – even having smaller sized cutlery for the children – and the staff were all so friendly, helpful and approachable. It was the perfect place for a relaxed family meal and we will definitely be back.
Disclosure: We were invited for the above meal for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.