I have walked past Ask dozens of times and have never given it a serious thought for one main reason; I think "Ask" is a ridiculous name for an Italian restaurant. That may sound petty, but it didn't instill any confidence in me that it would be anything remotely close to being authentic Italian food. And as I enjoy going to Italy annually for my holidays, I am not interested in anything that doesn't strive to be authentic.
This past summer we finally gave it a try when a visitor was in town. The reason? It was a beautiful sunny day and one table happened to be free on their patio. Initially, we didn't care much about the food as we were just happy to be sitting somewhere outside (having already tried to get a table at Mrs Bridge's, but their patio was full).
We learned fairly quickly that their patio wasn't the only appealing thing about Ask. The food was surprisingly good! We ordered a number of appetizers which we all shared, giving us a chance to each try a number of dishes.
In using the bathrooms I was able to explore the inside and was pleasantly surprised by the way they have decorated it. It's modern and tasteful, while still keeping the original features in tact within the older sections of the building.
All in all, we were very impressed and will certainly return for supper the next time we have reason to be in town.
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