ASK Italian knows their food. The restaurant located in the centre of Oxford boasts an authentic Italian menu with all the core staples plus much, much more.
One of the key players, who was integral in developing the extensive menu, is none other than celebrity chef Theo Randall, best known for his own restaurant Theo Randall at the InterContinental which has won Best Italian Restaurant of the Year at the London Restaurant Awards.
The restaurant is synonymous for quality produce, generous portions and friendly service, not to mention drool-worthy food that satisfies on first bite. Everything that the restaurant does is inspired by Italy, from the original Italian food to the easy going, relaxed atmosphere and quirky fresh interior design.
If you are after an memorable European experience then ASK does raise the bar.
I was lucky enough to have visited this establishment on a weekend away with my partner, and we were pleasantly surprised by the full-bodied wine list, and its comprehensive menu.
After scanning the list I decided to stick to a classic and all time favourite: Spaghetti Bolognese. Their menu item was cooked with hearty beef and pork ragu sauce and served on Spaghetti.
My partner opted for the Liguine Carbonara, which was comprised of crispy pancetta in a rich creamy sauce with pecorino and Grana Padano cheeses. Topped with shavings of Grana Padano. Delish. The food came out quite promptly and we savoured every bite.
Linguine Carbonara @ ASK Italian Oxford (Photo by @neelsmcgee)
Next of course was a dessert to share and the Profiteroles Al Cioccolato did just the trick. Fluffy profiteroles filled with Italian-style soft ice cream, topped with a rich chocolate sauce and grated dark chocolate. Heaven on a spoon.
After finishing up we left the restaurant which had diners lined up for a table. We now know what all the fuss was about. The atmosphere, the sense of style and the Italian spirit is present in this restaurant and it comes out through the food. Head over to ASK Italian and see for yourself.
Profiteroles Al Cioccolato @ ASK Italian Oxford (Photo by @neelsmcgee)