ASK Italian's Vegan Menu


NORTH EAST fashion blogger vegan food review


This week I was invited to try out ASK Italian’s vegan menu at intu Metrocentre. While I’m not vegan, I try to limit the amount of meat and dairy I eat, and occasionally I like to switch to a more plant-based diet. It helps up my vegetable intake, improves my skin’s appearance and encourages me to be a bit more creative with meals, as well making me feel like I’m at least doing a bit towards saving the environment and animals (if the U.S. population did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road! Every little helps...)

So, anyway, I was very excited to hear ASK Italian has introduced a vegan menu – it’s rare to find dairy free pizza and pasta, especially if you’re not going to a specifically vegan restaurant.

Ask Italian Vegan lemonade
It all kicked off with shots! Non-alcoholic shots, ofc, of vegan lemonade.

The menu itself features breads and nibbles, starters, mains, desserts and sides. Plus a kids section (which had labels next to meals showing if they had one of your five-a-day – I liked this and think it should be introduced to the adult menu tbh).
It was such a struggle to decide as everything sounded amazing, but for starters, we opted for the Tuscan Bean Soup and Bruschetta, there were dough balls too, but we thought we’d go for one bready item and one lessy bready item – for variety. 

I loved the soup! Anything with lentils and beans I’m going to like, but this was flavoured so well (spicy tomato – yum) and had full spinach leaves mixed in – another of my favourite healthy additions to any meal.

Ask Italian Vegan Tuscan Bean Soup

The bruschetta was also fab, and both options were a very decent size. To the point that I was concerned I would be too full for the next two courses.


It was even harder to decide on mains, primarily as there was more choice. They did the classic Penne Arrabiata, which I do always enjoy as a safe option, but, I love a bit of veg so was drawn to the Spaghetti Lentil Ragu with green lentils (again, I love lentils lols), mixed veg and sundried (the best kind) tomato sauce. The Fetuccine Con Melanzine had grilled aubergines – another of my favourite vegetables, so this was a must too. We shared but I accidentally ate all the aubergines haha – they were fabulous. The spaghetti was also very similar to spag bol, I couldn’t eat loads of it as I had already filled myself up on aubergines, but I’m glad I got to try it because I’d definitely order it next time.

Ask Italian Vegan fettuccineAsk Italian Vegan Lentil Ragu


And then, fabulousness happened. The dessert options were Sorbetti (sorbet) with a choice of flavours from mango to prosecco (the latter was obviously a must) and Blood Orange and Chocolate Tart. In an ideal world, we’d have got two of the tarts, but as this was a review, I thought it wise to order one of each. Unfortunately for my mum, the tart was epic so I ate it all in addition to some of her sorbet (for review purposes). I’m so thrilled somewhere has a vegan dessert! It was made from nuts and dates, and was thus like the much more lavish/glamorous sister of the Nakd bar. Top points – would go back just for this.


Ask Italian Vegan Blood Orange tart
Close up; just look at the beauty
Overall, I’d rate the experience 10/10 for a vegan Italian dining experience (can’t say I’ve had many to compare it to tbf, but I doubt it can get much better). And I’d give it extra points for location – any venue residing in such close proximity to a Topshop and Nars counter is winning in my eyes. 


Let me know if you've been or have any recommendations for vegan options in the North East!

Head to askitalian.co.uk/menu/vegan to see the vegan menu or find out more & head here intu.co.uk/metrocentre for more info on intu Metrocentre  

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