Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
11:47 AM 24th August 2020

Ask Italian In Scarborough, Yours For The Asking

If the location of a restaurant besides offering great food and service are the main ingredients of what makes a good place to eat, then the Ask Italian restaurant in Scarborough ticks the boxes on all accounts.

Situated on the seafront overlooking the harbour Ask Italian, is one that I have walked passed many times in the Yorkshire seaside town, it always seemed to be a popular place with a busy interior and outside dining area.

Whilst another popular Italian restaurant chain more or less opposite Ask Italian has closed down recently it was good to see that Ask in Scarborough is as busy as ever.

First impressions count and mine was that this was run as a tight ship. You can have good food, atmosphere and reasonable prices but without experienced staff it all falls down.

Since the Lockdown restrictions were eased I have come across varying degrees of standards of how restaurant tables and chairs are cleaned in between different sets of diners.

I can honestly say that the staff at Ask Italian in Scarborough have been the best yet. It has become tiring and alarming to see a lot of staff think that when they clean a table that it is fine just to wipe the table top, if the sides of the table were sanitised it would be a miracle. You would not believe how some staff at certain restaurants don’t even move the condiments on the table and just wipe around them!

It was re assuring to witness the servers at Ask in Scarborough not just clean the tables and edges properly not just once but twice - once when the table was cleared and again just before the next set of diners were seated. The chairs were wiped and sanitised too - with different cloths. Easy you might think but only a few days ago I saw at one restaurant a member of staff wipe the seats then proceed straight away to wipe the table top with the same cloth.

Thankfully you will be in good (clean) hands at Ask in Scarborough.

Hand sanitizer is dispersed by a foot pump operated sanitizer as soon as you enter the restaurant, knives and forks are placed on a tray that your server brings to the table which you take off the tray. Your drinks arrive at your table in the same fashion.

The menu is quite extensive with at least 9 starters and 4 Bread and Nibbles extra too. My Garlic Bread with Mozzarella was not at all too oily but moreish on a good base. My partner chose the Spinach and Ricotta Arancini priced at £5.75 - Crispy risotto balls served with a spicy tomato dip.

If you like a deep rich cheesy Cheese Fonduta the one Ask serve is indeed rich and tangy, served with warm dough sticks it was just as good as the ones I have eaten in Switzerland.

Cheese FondutaCheese Fonduta
Garlic bread with MozzarellaGarlic bread with Mozzarella
Spinach and Ricotta AranciniSpinach and Ricotta Arancini

The mains range from Pasta, Pizza, Salads and a couple of meat and fish options.

A pizza named 'From Calabria With Love' might sound like a love letter from Naples, it is actually the name of one of the new Prima pizzas - a stone baked pizza that has a longer crispy base. Priced at £12.95 it is big enough to share.

Prima Pizza, From Calabria with Love
Prima Pizza, From Calabria with Love
Topped with N’duja sausage meat, pepperoni and ricotta cheese on a tomato base, topped with breadcrumbs served with honey on the side, it is a hot and fiery mix - you definitely need a large glass of iced water with this. I really enjoyed it.

Courgette and Pancetta Carbonara
Courgette and Pancetta Carbonara
My partner decided upon the Asparagus and Pancetta Carbonara priced at £12.75. The restaurant had run out of Asparagus so she substituted with Courgettes. The sauce was very velvety but she thought that it was all a tad too salty for her liking.

She did think though that the new Orange and Lemon Drizzle cake was “just like my mum used to make”. Her mum never served a Salted Caramel Gelato Sundae but for me it rounded off a very satisfying meal.

Salted Caramel Gelato SundaeSalted Caramel Gelato Sundae
Orange and Lemon Drizzle CakeOrange and Lemon Drizzle Cake

The restaurant is somewhere I will definitely not walk past and not go in, next time I am in Scarborough.

Ask Italian, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 1PP
Telephone 01723 507575