Monday, 12 December 2011


ask logo We are sooooooo excited to announce that our friend Gina who works in the romantic world of advertising has given us a mahoooosive  voucher worth £50 for one of our readers to win and spend on a meal at an ASK ITALIAN restaurant of their choice ….. to celebrate the launch of  a new menu inspired by a really good cook called Theo Randall and the million changes (which is quite a lot) they have made to their restaurants ..... Gina sent us this pertinent information to peruse and explain .....
“Theo Randall, one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs, has been working with ASK Italian to transform the menu step by step with dishes that keep authentic, fresh ingredients at their heart.  He believes that “by using really great quality ingredients in dishes across the menu, like our extra virgin olive oil from Puglia, the food now brings a little piece of real Italian dining to the high street.”
With over one million changes made to date – from the menus to the uniforms, music and Milanese-inspired decor – customers will experience the ‘cuore’ (heart) and ‘spirito’ (soul) of Italian food and culture from teams who are knowledgeable, genuine and passionate about making ASK Italian amazing every time.”
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….. how BRILLIANT is that? If we could, we would enter ourselves, but that would be unfair and we would be branded as competition rigging charlatans ….. ! 
Darrells choiceHowever, to give you an idea of what lies in store for our lucky winner, Darrell and I have each put together what we would have chosen from the delizioso menu ….. which took us many hours of perusal, robust and diligent selection and much  dribbling because EVERYTHING looked so nomtastic and tempting!
Monkeys Choice
To be in with a chance of winning this MAGNIFICO prize all you have to do is …….. visit the ASK ITALIAN website and then come back here and tell us (in our comment box) what your “MAIN” of choice would be AND which  ASK ITALIAN restaurant (branch) you would select as your venue of an Italian nomming type nature ask logo And now the small print and rules ….
  • The closing date/time for the draw will be Friday 16th December at 7.00pm.
  • Nigel will then be “ASK”ed to delve into our Festive ITALIAN Teapot of Fortuitous Fate and Fortune to draw a winner.
  • We will announce the winner on our blog on Saturday 17th December and request that they e-mail us with their address.
  • When our winner has been contacted we will send them the said  voucher worth £50 via the Post Office.
  • You must be a resident of the UK (sorry Mr D and Dianne in Baca Raton)
  • No cash value is assigned to the prize and therefore there is no cash equivalent or alternative prize.
When the winner has been for their meal it would be so lovely if they could send us a picture of them nomming …. but perhaps not with food round their mouths!!!
And finally, can we wish all of you who enter ……
Buona fortuna


Anonymous said...

Now that is one special prize! Not to worry, I will have an ordinary (but delicious)cheese pizza to celebrate this super great prize for one of your devoted readers. I bet Mr. D most certainly must have beautiful restaurants in Dubai where perhaps he can also celebrate this perfectly wonderful and generous prize for a lucky fan. Good luck to all and Best Wishes from Dianne

Mr. D said...

Excluded! Oh no! I feel terrible. Never mind Dianne. Abu Dhabi is a culinary delight. We won an all you can eat brunch for 6 at a quiz last week and I did overindulge.
The FESTA DI CARNE pizza and the POLLO MARSALA look superb. If I had been allowed to enter, I would have gone to Durham, if I were up north or I would have invited Monkey, Darrell, Nigel and Mrs. G to the Shrewsbury branch.

Athyn said...

Pizza Natale and the Uxbridge Branch. Thanks for a fab giveaway guys xxx Jen n Clint

marc said...

Mine Would be a carbs dream for it has pasta and potato and that Linguine Alla Genevese and i would have that in Wigmore street w1 as then we could have some festive wine and get a taxi tube or even a bus home right to our door good luck to all big love marc and Hugh

The Krafty Cupcake said...

Brilliant prize! I would have to order RISOTTO POLLO E FUNGHI. Milton Keynes would be my restaurant of choice. Sue x

Anonymous said...

One way to make us all hungry...
like the sound of PROSCIUTTO E BUFALA, even though i would never be able to say it.... and Northampton would be my choice.
Thanks Lindsay.

Lynne said...

Ooh, reading that menu has made me so hungry! If I was lucky enough to win I'd have a Stromboli pizza at Wetherby. Nom. nom!


sue said...

What a great menu and what an amazing prize for someone lucky enough to be chosen via the Festive ITALIAN Teapot of Fortuitous Fate and Fortune

I l-o-v-e it all, but if I had to choose then it would be - SALMONE RUSTICO. I would choose the Fareham branch. There are soooooooo many fab dishes to select from and all look delicious. Nom, nom! Sue xxxxxx

debb said...

I would have RISOTTO POLLO E FUNGHI and go to the Edgbaston branch thanks for a great competition xx

Annie said...

What a deliciously festive prize! I would choose Rigatoni di Manzo Piccante because it would make me sound so authentically Italian when I ordered it. I don't think it's possible to say it without adopting an Italian accent, actually! And because I would order it in Cambridge I would sound clever too ;) xx

Paddington fan said...

George has spent a very happy half hour this afternoon perusing the menu and making gentle nom nom noises to himself. Having spent some time in training with Monkey and Darrell, he does consider his palette and taste buds to be up to the task in hand (or mouth, should he be lucky enough to win!!) After a few changes of direction he has opted for...drum roll please ...Penne al Pollo Della Casa. He says he has choosen this for 2 reasons; firstly it sounds nomtastic and has all his favourite flavours - pasta, chicken, chesse, mushrooms and a little fresh thyme for good measure. Secondly, being the 'speciality' of the house, George feels that this would be a good test of the nom rating he should accord to the restaurant if he was lucky enough to take on the job of restaurant reviewer. Move over Michael Winner, George is coming through!! Love and hugs to you all and thanks for the chance to win such a fantastic prize, George and Jacky xx
P.S. Our destination of choice would be just a few miles away in Fleet!!

Anonymous said...

Well I would have to go with my all time favourite
Bit boring I know but I do love it!
I would enjoying to nomming it with friends in The Gate Restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne.
JantheFan x

SueF said...

What a fantastic giveaway!

My choice for a main course would be Risotto Vegetariana & the location would be Southampton.

I must admit I've not heard of this restaurant before, will have to investigate in the new year...



Christine said...

Well I am upset that they do not have a restaurant in my favourite eating place of Chorlton, or even Manchester, but the menu looks superb. Sooo... my main of choice would be PENNE AL POLLO DELLA CASA, and I would choose the ASK restaurant in Oxford. My son lives there with his girl-friend, so I could treat them to a meal out.
A brilliant competition. Happy Christmad to you all, and love from Benji too. Thanks for your Christmas card.

Bee and Dee said...

Wonderful prize, would love SALMONE RUSTICO as my favourite main but very difficult to choose, and would choose the Worcester restaurant as I am going to collect an honorary degree with my family from Worcester University later in the year and it would be a lovely way to celebrate. Hugs Bee