Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Ask Italian Review #Respectthepasta

Ask Italian have launched a new campaign #RespectThePasta and their mission is to remind people just how cool and exciting pasta is. They want families to get creative with pasta dishes in their kitchens and in the words of the great Federico Fellini “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” and they feel this sums up their campaign perfectly!

The Italians have crafted a whopping 600 different types of pasta, so no wonder it is at the heart and soul of every meal, but here in the UK pasta is too often taken for granted, under cooked and under valued. Ask Italian want to change that by getting us excited about pasta.

Today we visited the Ask Italian restaurant in Billericay, Essex for a girlie lunch. As soon as we walked through the door we were greeted by a really friendly waiter who walked us to our table. The building is really old and full of character and as we headed towards the back, a large glass room full of sunshine, I felt welcome, instantly I loved it. The chefs were also in the back room cooking on full display of all the customers, another major plus point, and boy did they work hard!

We were handed our menu's and asked if we would like some drinks. The waiter, a young fella was chatty and super lovely, he instantly put us all at ease. The girls already knew they wanted pizza, and we all gasped as a waitress served them a huge 'Pollo Piccante Con Pancetta' pizza each. We were not expecting the pizzas to be so large and really two people could quite easily have shared one between them. 

The girls giggled as they cut their pizzas, shocked that they had a whole pizza to themselves. They really enjoyed it, even though they couldn't manage to finish it. I picked the 'Penne Al Pollo Della' a seasoned chicken breast baked with mushrooms in a creamy mushroom & white wine sauce. It was truly scrumptious, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dessert was then served. 
The girls picked Chocolate Amour and I went for the Italian cheesecake.

They were both absolutely delicious, especially my raspberry sorbet! 
Fresh and full of flavour. We loved the desserts.

We loved the family friendly atmosphere in the Billericay restaurant. Kids of all ages were made to feel very welcome indeed. Lunch time was full to the brim with families, and the staff couldn't do enough to cater for them. There were a lot of very happy customers. Very reasonably priced too, if you sign up to Ask Italian online you can claim a code for two dishes for £10.95. Check out their Facebook page & Twitter for updates of offers.

We have all said that we want to return to Ask Italian soon, the food is very good, the staff fabulous and the atmosphere was buzzing. A massive thumbs up from The Syders.

*We were given a gift card to spend at Ask Italian for the purpose of this review. Staff had no idea we were there to review. Our opinions are entirely our own.

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