When you think of Ask Italian restaurant what immediately springs to mind? It’s a chain, the food isn’t all that great. Ok, so chains can have a bad reputation but in my experience the key to finding one that is good is location. Yes just like purchasing a property the quality of a meal in a restaurant can be influenced by where you have it. Head off to an affluent area and the chances are the meal will be better as customers will be influenced by how good the meal will be. Bad restaurants in a these areas won’t last long thankfully. Last week I went to the Natural History Museum with the little ones and a friend. Whilst we were there we began to get peckish so decided to look up local restaurants and discovered there was an Ask Italian located nearby at Gloucester Arcade. I had been looking specifically for restaurants that take Tastecard as meals out in London can get pricey the more people there are in the group. This restaurant had been awarded 4 starts by visitors on TripAdvisor where as many others in the area were either 3 or 3.5 stars so we were confident the food wouldn’t be too bad. We phoned in advance as per the conditions of use for the card and arrived to be seated quickly by staff.
It wasn’t long until we decided what to order and we were all very pleased that the food arrived at the table quickly. We had asked for the children’s pizza the Stomboli (Pepperoni) to be served with the starters which they did. The children didn’t hesitate to dive in. They enjoyed this and polished it all off faster than normal thankfully.
For the adults the Calamari starter (a portion each). As described on the menu this arrived golden and crispy but I’m assuming this had been frozen in battered form. The batter was not seasoned enough for my liking although the squid was quite soft. My eldest daughter however had some and ended up eating half of the portion. Not a problem I was saving myself for the pizza.
Again my friend and I ordered the same, the Salami Misti pizza. This comes topped with Milano and finocchiona salamis, pepperoni and smoked prosciutto, roasted red peppers, caramelised red onion and Grana Padano. Now this was nice!!! Both of us were pleasantly surprised at how nice the pizza was. The combination of topping went well together and we really enjoyed it. I plan to make my own version eventually at home with my pizza stone.
Needless to say we would revisit the site again especially as I have a Tastecard so we were able to get buy one get one free on the starters and two of the main dishes.
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