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About ASK Italian

One of the best known Italian restaurant chains in the UK, ASK Italian has over 100 locations nationwide. First founded in 1993, this well-known casual dining venue caters for families with a children’s menu and food to suit all tastes but with plenty of Italian flair. ASK Italian serves a wide range of well known and more unusual Mediterranean and Italian inspired dishes. Traditional pizzas and pastas are on the menu as well as meat and fish dishes, tasty appetisers, desserts, vegetarian and vegan options and even low calorie and diet options for those on a healthy eating plan. The children’s menu serves a range of child-friendly options with an Italian flair.

ASK Italian Opening times & Site Locations

With over 100 restaurants on high streets and in shopping centres across the UK, ASK Italian opening times will vary depending on the location of the venue. All locations are open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner. Most ASK Italian opening times are from 11.30am with closing time at 10pm on weekdays and Sundays and 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. ASK Italian opening times on public holidays like Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day may vary depending on local regulations. If you want to find out the ASK Italian opening times at the branches closest to you, simply visit our store locator and check out your nearest location to get up to date information.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About ASK Italian

  1. ASK stands for Authentic Sicilian Kitchen, or possible the initials of both of the chain’s founders, Adam and Samuel Kaye.
  2. The restaurant supports the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as an extension to its family-friendly approach to dining.
  3. The menu has special ranges designed to accommodate those on low calorie diets and those who require gluten free or vegan dishes as well as plenty of traditional Italian foods.
  4. This restaurant is aimed squarely at families, with lots of facilities for young children including dedicated kids’ menus, special cutlery, fast service for little ones, cool plates, highchairs and even an activity pack to keep kids entertained at the table.
  5. Not only can you dine in any of the restaurants, you can also take food out or order delivery through Deliveroo in certain locations.

Products & Services

ASK Italian is a family friendly restaurant chain focusing on Mediterranean and Italian-style cuisine. The menu includes popular dishes such as pizza and pasta as well as less well known meat and fish dishes. There are dishes to suit those on special diets such as gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and low calories. There are also dedicated children’s menus at a great value price. As well as dine-in options, diners can also arrange takeaway food for collection and in some areas can even arrange a delivery via the Deliveroo service. There are special seasonal menus available and regular offers and promotions to give families even better value for money. Booking is possible online at any of the restaurants in the chain.

A Brief History

This Italian restaurant chain was first established in 1993 by a pair of brothers, Samuel and Adam Kaye. Around a decade later, it merged with another well known Italian casual dining chain, Pizza Express, in order to form a company known as Gondola Holdings. In 2015, Zizzi, a third Italian chain, was added to the portfolio. The original name of the restaurant chain was ASK, which stands for both Authentic Sicilian Kitchen and the initials of both of its founders. In 2010, the chain went through a rebrand to become known as ASK Italian. In the same year, well-known chef Theo Randall began working in close conjunction with ASK Italian in the capacity of an “expert friend” helping to develop the menu and come up with brand new dishes. He invested in the Azzurri Group in 2015, the company which currently owns and now operates the chain. The number of restaurants across the country continue to increase, and most high streets and major shopping centres nationwide have a branch of this chain. It is popular with lovers of Italian food and families who appreciate good value and enjoy high quality Mediterranean cuisine at affordable prices.  

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