Ask Italian Bournemouth’s new ‘little Italy’
Bringing delicious, classic dishes, warm service and distinctive design – all inspired by the best of Italy, the stunning new Ask Italian next generation style restaurant has just opened in Bournemouth’s new BH2 development.
According to Ask Italian: “Step into a little corner of Italy when you enter Ask Italian Bournemouth. This friendly eatery is classically styled into cosy little sections that make it warm and welcoming – despite accommodating 158 guests inside and an additional 32 on the pretty terrace tables outside overlooking the beautiful Lower Gardens.
“The interior combines modern fittings and vibrant artwork and installations with dainty trelliswork, pretty fairy lights and an ambient glitter ball.
“From the next-generation Ask Italian décor to the seating arrangement, the carefully crafted menu to home-sourced beverage selection, Ask Italian invites you to eat like an Italian, where food and its lavish enjoyment sit at the heart of this hospitable culture.”
Just a few minutes’ walk from Bournemouth’s famous beach, the new restaurant makes for the perfect pre-cinema, or post-shopping experience.
The menu includes a range of dishes from starters, such as butterfly king prawns, antipasti boards and dough balls, to mains, including stone baked pizzas, pasta and salads, as well as seasonal specials, providing families and friends with even more reason to come and try out the new restaurant.
Favourites might include Pancetta and Chestnut ravioli – warming pockets of pasta stuffed with a smoky pancetta and chestnut filling, and the Risotto Rosso – creamy roasted red pepper and tomato risotto with crème fraîche, garlic and fresh basil.
Desserts include Ask Italian’s award-winning pistachio and olive oil cake, the Chocolate Profiterole Grande filled with two scoops of hazelnut gelato, and the limited-edition Chocolate Etna with a hidden scoop of gelato under a dark chocolate cup which melts under the drizzle of hot toffee sauce.
The drinks menu at Ask Italian is as extensive as its food, with an impressive display of giant Aperol bottles – a classic Italian aperitivo either which can be drunk either straight or in a spritz with Prosecco and soda.
The bar is also home to two tempting vats of delicious home-made traditional still and raspberry lemonade, and there’s a selection of Italian wines, Asti, cocktails, soft drinks, beer and cider.
Ask Italian’s Managing Director, Harry Heeley, said: “We are thrilled to have brought a next generation Ask Italian to Bournemouth in this new, fantastic location, just minutes from Bournemouth Beach. The new BH2 development is set to be a brilliant addition to an already impressive and beautiful area.”
Ask Italian is one of the UK’s leading casual dining restaurant brands, with over 110 restaurants throughout the country, driven by a passion for seeking out the best of Italian food and culture.
They are devoted to creating an easy going atmosphere, so guests can connect with the people around and enjoy meals as much as the Italians do.
With the help of expert friends, celebrated chef Theo Randall and award-winning Italian food writer Carla Capalbo, Ask Italian has been discovering the best of Italian life, reflected in the menus and 100% Italian wine list.
In 2015, Ask Italian won best menu in the Mediterranean Casual Dining category at the restaurant MIDAS awards, and was named ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ in the 2015 Pizza and Pasta Association Awards.
UHS is a leading supplier in the hospitality industry for furniture and work very closely with all the top branded restaurant chains.
UHS have a long standing relationship with the ASK team and have developed or sourced products that are on brand and have updated and refreshed as the looks have changed. The design has changed over the years with modifications to furniture and the interior styling to create that inviting, clean and refreshing look with a great mix of materials and shapes.
Dan Gillmore of UHS, said:
“The ASK design team are very forward thinking and the design is definitely in the detail! The contemporary Italian kitchen theme is a winner and the food is also winning too!”