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Ask Italian

Orbit House St Mary's Butts | City Centre, Reading RG1 2LN, England
0118 957 4850
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Ranked #156 of 505 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $20
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located right opposite the Broad Street Mall in Reading's city centre, ASK Italian offers affordable Italian cuisine in smart, modern surroundings. Well known throughout the UK for their contemporary style and excellent value Italian food, ASK Italian restaurants are a popular dining destination, particularly amongst the after work crowd. The menu is wide and varied, offering mouth watering dishes such as cod and pancetta fishcakes served with a lemon and parsley dip or beef meatballs in a spicy sauce served on top of rigatoni pasta. Desserts shouldn't be missed either with tiramisu and lemon tart on offer. ASK Italian in Reading is a favourite for Italian food and it's easy to see why.
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English first
Reading, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We chose this restaurant to have a family lunch to celebrate my husband's birthday. The boys noticed a lack of meat choices. There seems to be a new tendency to cook main courses in baking tins, so you eat out of them - an interesting concept. I had the special cod dish on the Christmas menu and it was average.... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Had a lovely meal with my family ,yesterday evening! This restaurant never let's you down in terms of food quality and choice. Our waitress was lovely ,helpful ,polite ,jolly and witty! I did book although it was not necessary last night being Monday. But there has been an occasion that I didn't book,turned up and they were fully booked!!! ♥

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Berkshire
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We started with a good sized serving of olives with a reasonable Antipasto board for sharing. Our Insalata Di Pollo e Pancetta (Italian Caesar salad without the Caesar dressing) was fine. The service was very good. Then we asked for coffee and the bill. Well, the bill was for somebody else’s table. The waitress brought the bill we should have... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We went on a Saturday evening and the atmosphere was good, a little loud, but only to be expected. Service was a little slow, but there only seemed to be a couple of staff on, who were rushing about everywhere. Drinks arrived promptly though and food was well cooked and tasty. A good choice of food and reasonably priced.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I'll try and keep this short. We (3 of us) arrived and were seated by 17:45 (probably more like 17:40) and were due at the Hexagon for a 19:30 show. We had ordered by 6 (starters and mains). To be fair, the starters were delicious - if I ever went back, I would definitely have the Sicilian Arancini again. However,... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The food was freshly prepared, tasty and served to perfection. In particular the focaccia bread and fettucine bolognese was everything you could ask for. I've marked down on service a little but only because we were in a window seat behind the spiral staircase and had to work hard to get attention. However our server Ivana was great, really chatty... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Restaurant location is good as it is close to the shopping centre. However food was quite average. My lasagne wasnt great but boyfriends pasta was lovely. Service was initially quite good with a lot of attention given. But progressively worsened. Overall I think there are better chain Italian restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

I visited ASK and Zizzis few times already. Food is delicious in both restaurants, but service in Zizzis is terrible, no smile no interest, they are slow and look really unhappy. We are always waiting and waiting and waaaaitiiiiing. Why??? Because I am not English? And I should have bad service? But service in Ask restaurant is excellent they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Popped in for dinner with a friend on Friday evening it was guite busy, but the service was great and our food did not take to long to come out, I ordered the fresh pasta tagletelle Aragusto the one with lobster. It was amazing very fresh and full of flavour. My friend had the prims pizza caprina and she commented... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Disliked, Lack of flavour in the chicken pollo milanese very bland ! Liked, Close to the town centre and hotel.

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Additional Information about Ask Italian

Address: Orbit House St Mary's Butts | City Centre, Reading RG1 2LN, England
Phone Number: 0118 957 4850
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 11 - 20
Cuisine: Italian

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