Long Family Lunches at ASK Italian


One of the things I loved most about the Christmas holidays was how our days slowed right down. In stark contrast to the hectic term-time bustle of a 6.30am alarm call (who am I kidding? Our child is our alarm call) and a mad dash to get ready and reach the school gates by 8.45am, we did a whole lot of lounging around in our PJs, long breakfasts and movie watching.

We also ate out a lot, sometimes going to our favourite local cafe for a sandwich and sometimes treating ourselves to a burger and milkshake in town. One day, in that limbo period between Christmas and New Year, we let the five year choose where we’d eat, and she said “Can we go and get chocolate pizza?” – she hadn’t lost her mind, I promise – it’s one of the desserts on the kids’ menu at ASK Italian.

So we piled on down to our local ASK Italian – we’re pretty much regulars in there, not just because of the chocolate pizza, but because the food’s always great, the service is always spot on, and the five year old can watch her food being made in the open kitchen, which she LOVES.


A great thing about ASK is the crudités they bring kids – cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, garlic bread strips and a dip – perfect for keeping them going while the grown ups take ages to decide what to order. They also have puzzles and colouring, which change every few months, so you’re not stuck with a child saying they’ve done it before, too many times. The five year old always orders the same thing (spaghetti carbonara but without the sauce… don’t ask) from the kids’ menu which is a very reasonable £6.75.

The five-year-old watching the chefs at work


I’m a huge fan of their (fairly) new brunch menu and if we’re there before it ends, I often order their baked eggs (mmm baked eggs) but failing that, I’m a sucker for their sourdough pizza.

Baked eggs


But I’d be lying if I said that the highlight of the meal wasn’t the chocolate pizza. There are other options available on the kids; menu (fruit salad and ice cream) but they don’t even get a look in, with us. The pizza comes with strawberries sprinkled on top and mini marshmallows and sprinkles for you to decorate yourself.

Ask Italian chocolate pizza

Eating out together is such a lovely thing to do, as a family – now that our little one is old enough to chat to us and not get too bored as we wait for the food to arrive. Hardly original, I know, we often play games like I Spy or the shopping game (you know, that one where you say “I went to the shop and I bought…. an apple”). We can happily while away a couple of hours at Ask. Spending time together in the holidays – or on the weekends – is so precious now that our weekdays during term time are so regimented and dictated by school.

I’m giving away a £50 Ask Italian gift card so that you can either have some fab family time (OR you know, get a babysitter and go on a cheeky little date night – no one will judge you). To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post, with the answer to this question: What’s your favourite Italian food? For extra entries, you can follow me on various social platforms. Remember to fill in the Rafflecopter widget below, for your entry to count. Good luck!

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Thanks to ASK Italian for inviting us down for lunch – all views are my own, natch.



  1. Sinead ORourke
    January 15, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I love lasagne

  2. January 15, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Pizza, with lots of cheese, peppers and pepperoni!

  3. June parsons
    January 15, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Got to be pizza – there’s so much Italian food to love but if I can only choose one its pizza

  4. June parsons
    January 15, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Got to be pizza – there’s so much Italian food to love but if I can only choose one its pizza

  5. kate
    January 15, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Will you judge me if I say prosecco? And if drinks don’t count, then I it’ll have to be spicy pizza- the spicier the better!

  6. Alli Marshall
    January 15, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I love pizza!!!

  7. mel hall
    January 15, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I love spaghetti a la vongole!

  8. mel hall
    January 15, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I love spaghetti a la vongole!

  9. Diane Curnow
    January 15, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I love spaghetti carbonara (with the sauce 😉 )

  10. Reija
    January 15, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I guess it has to be pizza. Or does Tiramisu count as food 🙂

  11. January 15, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    We went to Ask for the first time at Christmas and absolutely loved it. We are always drawn to Italian restaurants as it’s the kind of food we all love but Ask had such great service and a really nice feel to it. We’ll definitely be back x

  12. January 15, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I love pasta- but I’m not a fan of tomato based sauces. I prefer it very simple.

  13. Emma Green
    January 16, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    My favourite is a nice creamy cheesy gnocchi

  14. Daniel Hayward
    January 16, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    A pizza loaded with every meat possible and lots of different cheeses!

  15. Aileen Johnston
    January 16, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    Ooh too much to choose from but if I absolutely had to pick one favourite I would have to say pizza. I love it and could eat it everyday!!

  16. January 16, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    A proper Italian pizza, though pasta comes in very close!

  17. David M
    January 17, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Linguine with clam sauce

  18. Issie
    January 17, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Anything, because let’s face it, if I’m out then there’s a chance I’ll get to eat it when actually hot!! Imagine!! Normally order a huge bowl of pasta and a large glass of white wine. Perfection!

  19. frances hopkins
    January 17, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    I love pasta

  20. Hannah P
    January 18, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Chocolate pizza sounds yummy! I love the courgette fries and the smaller size pizzas – although *someone* always likes to help mummy out with her portion!

  21. Sharon
    January 19, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I love Italian 😉 I can eat pasta/lasagne every single day!

  22. January 20, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Looks AMAZING and that chocolate pizza??? I am having a date day with my boy tomorrow. I may have to pop in! x

  23. Sarah Louise
    January 20, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Gnocchi is my fav!

  24. January 28, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I love plain old pizza the best as it is something I rarely eat unless we are eating out. By the way that chocolate pizza looks amazing ! xx

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