Italian food is one of my favourites and when my mum came to visit me in Northampton, we decided it was the perfect time to try the restaurant chain, Ask, in the town centre.
The eatery has recently undergone a facelift and the decor is bright, airy and modern, which gives the place a very clean look and feel.
We were welcomed by a friendly waitress and seated at a table by the window, overlooking the Guildhall.
Despite it being quite late in the evening we weren’t made to feel rushed at all and took our time deciding what we wanted to eat.
The menu was full of traditional Italian dishes, including meat, fish and vegetarian varieties of pasta, risotto and pizza and also meat, fish and salad dishes as mains.
First we ordered some drinks and I had an Amaretto and diet coke (£4.30) and my mum had a 250ml glass of Merlot (£5.95).
We chose to share a portion of garlic bread with cheese to start (£4.55) which came fresh from the oven and was crispy and tasty.
I would have preferred more cheese, but this may just be because I am a self-confessed cheese lover.
For my main dish I picked the Lasagne (£9.95) and my mum had Penne Casa Pasta (£9.95).
The waitress informed us they didn’t have any penne pasta left but offered to replace it with a different shaped pasta so my mum agreed to this.
My meal was piping hot and rich in flavour.
The minced meat was tender, not at all chewy, and the pasta sheets and cheese were soft and mixed well with the meat, onions and tomatoes.
My mum enjoyed her pasta which came with pieces of chicken, mushrooms and a creamy cheese sauce.
The mushrooms had a strong flavour which made a good accompaniment to the cheese sauce, while the chicken was soft and juicy.
The presentation of the food was impressive with both meals arriving in dishes on wooden boards, with side salads in separate bowls.
The salad was fresh and the dressing, which was offered as a side to it, complemented it well.
For dessert I had a honeycomb cheesecake (£5.25) which was soft and warm and also very sweet.
The flavours of the cream cheese, honeycomb and chocolate went really well with each other well and the biscuit base was a delicious mixture of soft and crispy textures.
I was impressed with the quick service and fresh and tasty food at Ask and will be going back.
By Stephanie Steward
RATINGS AT A GLANCE
FOOD:Varied choice & tasty
DISABLED ACCESS: Yes
PARKING: Pay & display nearby
COST OF OUR MEAL
FINAL TOTAL: £39.95, including drinks