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BREAD & NIBBLES
Italian Olives
Large green Nocellara olives from Sicily.
Spicy Nibbles
A crunchy mix of chickpeas, peas, corn and broad beans.
Rosemary and Olive Oil Bread
Add olive tapenade (v) or spicy tomato dip (v) for £1.00
Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread with Mozzarella
Garlic Bread Speciale with Balsamic Onions
A folded garlic bread stuffed with mozzarella and riserva cheeses.
STARTERS
Antipasto Fritto
Mushrooms al forno, calamari, chicken lecca-lecca, dough sticks and zucchini fritte, served with a spicy tomato dip and garlic mayonnaise.
Antipasto Classico
Milano salami and coppa ham, fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola, rocket salad and rosemary & olive oil bread with smoked chilli jelly and olive tapenade.
Burrata Caprese
Creamier and more indulgent than mozzarella, burrata is served with plum tomatoes, rocket and basil.
Pea & Ricotta Souffle
Twice baked soufflé on a bed of spinach in a rich cheese sauce, served with warm dough sticks
Cheese Fonduta
Rich cheese fondue, crowned with a garlic and herb crumb, served with warm dough sticks. Dip dip hooray!
Spinach & Ricotta Arancini
Crispy ricotta and spinach risotto balls served with a spicy tomato dip.
Mixed Dough Balls
Choose between plain or fontal cheese and chilli, or try a mix. Served with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Whitebait for One
Lightly breaded and fried until golden, served with garlic mayonnaise. MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) approved.
Whitebait for Two
Lightly breaded and fried until golden, served with garlic mayonnaise. MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) approved.
Chicken Lecca-Lecca
Breaded chicken fillets served with a spicy tomato dip and garlic mayo.
PASTA FRESCA
Asparagus & Pancetta Carbonara
Crispy pancetta and asparagus in a velvety sauce made with mascarpone, pecorino and riserva cheeses.
Purple Basil Pesto Genovese w/Chx
Fresh egg tagliatelle in a green pesto and cream sauce, with fine green beans and pine nuts, topped with purple basil pesto - winner of Great Taste 2018 award. Add chicken for 1.95.
KING PRAWN & CRAYFISH
Succulent king prawns and crayfish in a creamy tomato and lobster bisque with a hint of chilli, topped with a large king prawn in its shell.
SAUSAGE & TRUFFLE INFUSED OLIVE OIL
Italian Luganica sausage in a creamy tomato and truffled mushroom sauce topped with mascarpone, smoked prosciutto and truffle infused olive oil.
Purple Basil Pesto Genovese
Fresh egg tagliatelle in a green pesto and cream sauce, with fine green beans and pine nuts, topped with purple basil pesto - winner of Great Taste 2018 award. Add chicken for 1.95.
FILLED PASTA
Crab & Ricotta Half Moon Pasta
Filled pasta with crab and ricotta, in a creamy tomato and crab bisque. Topped with a large king prawn in its shell and fresh samphire.
Beef & Chianti Ravioli
Slow cooked beef and chianti ragu, dressed up for the occasion in this special charcoal black and white ravioli; served with a red wine sauce.
Spinach & Ricotta Girasole
Meaning 'sunflower', these pretty pasta parcels are served with spinach and a mascarpone cream sauce.
Four Cheese Ravioli & Beef Ragu
A long ravioli filled with pockets of four cheese, oven baked on top of a rich beef ragu.
AL FORNO
Lasagne
Green egg pasta sheets with beef and pork ragu, topped with creamy béchamel sauce. GO GRANDE With beef meatballs, coppa ham, extra ragu and cheese 3.50.
Penne Manzo Piccante
Rigatoni pasta with beef meatballs, beef and pork ragu, fresh chillies, roasted peppers and balsamic red onions; topped with mozzarella.
Sausage Cannelloni
Cannelloni filled with a hearty beef and pork sausage ragu, baked in a tomato and basil sauce and topped with mascarpone.
Penne Pollo Della Casa
Seasoned chicken breast, mushrooms and pasta baked in a creamy mushroom and white wine sauce.
CLASSIC PASTA
Fettuccine Bolognese
Our hearty beef and pork ragu sauce is served with flat ribbon fettuccine, they way they eat it in Rome. If you prefer, you can choose spaghetti.
Penne Arrabiata Con Pollo
Chicken breast in a fiery rich tomato and basil sauce. Make it veggie without chicken 9.00.
Spaghetti al Pomodoro
Plum tomatoes, garlic and basil in a rich tomato sauce topped fresh mozzarella.
Spaghetti Lentil Ragu (Vegan)
A hearty ragu of green lentils and mixed vegetables in a rich sundried tomato sauce.
Linguine Carbonara
Crispy pancetta in a rich creamy sauce with mascarpone, pecorino and riserva cheese.
Linguine con Frutti di Mare
King prawns, mussels, clams and squid in a rich tomato sauce.
RISOTTO
Risotto con Pollo e Funghi
Risotto with tender chicken breast slices and sautéed mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce.
PRIMA
Two Egg Fiorentina
Two soft-baked free range eggs, spinach, olives, mozzarella and mascarpone cheese. Add coppa ham for 1.95.
Caprina
Goat’s cheese, rocket, plum tomatoes and olive tapenade and mozzarella.
Super Green Vegan
A pea purée base topped with tender baby kale, asparagus, peas, red pepper pearls, spinach, balsamic red onions and vegan mozzarella alternative.
Slow Cooked Lamb
Tender lamb shoulder, fontal cheese, roasted peppers, spinach, balsamic red onions onions and pine nuts.
Salami Misti
Milano and fennel salami, pepperoni and smoked prosciutto, roasted peppers and balsamic red onions.
Pollo Piccante Pancetta
Seasoned chicken breast, pancetta, roasted peppers, red chillies, mushrooms, spinach, rosemary and fontal cheese.
Salsiccia
Fiery Calabrian N'duja sausage meat, roquito pepper pearls, balsamic red onions and fontal cheese. We'll add chillies if you like it hotter.
CALZONE
Calzone Pollo
Chicken breast, pancetta, mushrooms, roasted peppers, olives, tomato sauce, and mozzarella.
Calzone Carne Piccante
Pepperoni, fresh chillies, ham, beef and pork ragu, sautéed mushrooms, tomato sauce and mozzarella.
Calzone Goat's Cheese & Spinach
Goat’s cheese, grilled aubergines, roasted peppers, oven roasted tomatoes, spinach, tomato sauce and mozzarella.
CLASSIC PIZZA
Margherita
Tomato and mozzarella with Oregano. Make it Prima 10.00.
Four Cheese Margherita
Sweet dreams are made of cheese - mascarpone, mozzarella, fontal and riserva cheese on a tomato base. Make it Prima 12.00.
Stromboli
Pepperoni on a tomato and mozzarella base. We'll add chillies if you like it hot. Make it Prima 12.00.
Verdure
Artichokes, mushrooms, roasted peppers, fontal cheese and olives dressed with rocket leaves. Make it Prima 11.45.
Pollo e Funghi
Chicken and sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes and mozzarella. Make it Prima 12.45.
About
ASK Italian in Lewes is a place for great food and warm service. Think fresh bread made to tear and share. A glass of fine wine worth deserving of your time. Delicious main dishes prepared the traditional way. Everything we know and love about Italian food is served straight to your table. Take a look at our Lewes menu and, if you like what you see, book a table.
PRICE RANGE
$9 - $17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Full Bar
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fantastic evening hire at Ask Italian, food is amazing. Service is very quick, the staff is friendly, and well organised by manager Luiza Thanks for the nice evening.

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank 312tatianab
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We come here from time to time because a couple of their pizzas are very nice, but for a change I tried lasagne which was insipid to say the least. The really annoying item however was a teeny weeny little warm pear tart which was...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank Julie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A place where you can openly see the chefs work away is always a good sign. Did not dissapoint. We booked a table of 8 people and we received excellent service from Luisa and the team.

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank alejandrosU957FJ
Reviewed November 9, 2019

My husband and I eat here regularly as we love this restaurant and thought it was time we wrote a review. We have never been disappointed in the food, which is always tasty, hot and presented nicely. The service has always been efficient and the...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Fay T
Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

Lovely lunch that was served promptly despite the restaurant being busy. Great service and a good selection of dishes. I will be returning.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank donks83
Reviewed October 28, 2019

We visited on a Monday lunchtime. Not particularly busy inside, so we were miffed as to why we had been seated for 10 minutes without any menus or drink requests, yet a couple came in seated next to us and had their order taken and...More

Date of visit: October 2019
1  Thank Macs_and_Snacks
Reviewed October 26, 2019

Had a table free at short notice, the staff were very welcoming and helpful, the food was delicious. Would definitely visit again

Date of visit: October 2019
1  Thank An K
Reviewed October 24, 2019 via mobile

Efficient and child friendly. Good value for money Service was good, pizzas were perfect according to grandchildren Slow cooked dish was far too hot but tasty Goo

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Bradders66100
Reviewed October 17, 2019

Booked some grub over the internet and the order was done within 30 minutes - had a take out. Delicious. Lovely place, restaurant and Lewes. Hope to go back soon. Only fault, too much single use plastic!

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank danielhE6818ZR
Reviewed September 5, 2019

Food a very decent plate of Italian - three of us had two pasta dishes, both were very good and not expensive. A very long menu suggests much of this is not freshly made, but that is what you get at a chain outlet, and...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank david l
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