Happy New Year from the Gluten Free Cheerleader!
Last week I ate in ASK Italian in Glasgow before a show at the concert hall. I’ve reviewed ASK before in this post from 2013 but felt I should do an update! I eat here regularly as it is really convenient for the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and the Glasgow Theatre Royal.
Overall, I just love the vibe of this restaurant. One wall of the restaurant is full floor to ceiling windows so it feels really open, and I love the wood paneling everywhere and the colour scheme. It was decorated for Christmas on this occasion which made it extra amazing. We were sitting near the kitchen which was good for watching what was going on.
On arrival the waitress poured us samples of their craft lemonade to try. They had a festive cocktail menu but I was driving so I decided to try the “Nojito” which is a non-alcoholic variant of a mojito made with their craft lemonade. I was pleased to see they had a proper “Non Gluten Containing Ingredients” menu on this trip, as previously they’ve just had a note on the regular menu that they offer gluten free pizza and pasta. I decided to go for pizza.
One of the main things I like about ASK is that their pizzas are a good size. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m totally fed up of tiny pizzas! On this visit, my pizza didn’t feel all that well cooked, although the crust was crispy, but I would say this is an issue with gluten free pizza in general and not specific to ASK. I ordered the stromboli (pepperoni) pizza and asked to add pancetta but they forgot. They did try and charge me for it but we pointed out the error and had it taken off the bill. The pizza had lots of sauce and lots of pepperoni which was perfect.
I chose not to have a dessert but my mum had the Chocolate Etna which is gluten free – described on the menu as “Hot toffee sauce is poured over the dark chocolate cup at your table, revealing a hidden scoop of vanilla gelato on top of a heavenly hot chocolate fondant.” It looked amazing and I’m kicking myself for not trying some – or taking a photo!
You can view the full non-gluten menu at ASK Italian here.
We have had lots of different experiences eating at ASK over the years, both good and bad, but I have never had any issues with my gluten free food and I’ve never knowingly been glutened. On my first trip I was given a gluten free garlic pizza bread as our meals were really late coming out, but this has never appeared on the menu. So many restaurants now offer gluten free main courses, but never offer any gluten free bread to have alongside it. Having garlic bread with pizza or pasta while eating out is something I miss terribly and I really wish more places would take this on board.
Have you eaten at ASK and is there anything you think they should add to their menu? Let me know in the comments!