Feeling festive in York | ASK Italian Review

When December rolls around, I always find myself visiting York to get into the festive spirit. Walking around the quaint streets lit up by Christmas decorations whilst buying gifts for loved ones, is probably my favourite activity. One thing is for certain, all of that shopping works up an appetite and there is no better place to indulge it than ASK Italian York at The Grand Assembly rooms!ASK Italian YorkASK Italian York creates delicious and inventive dishes, served in an incredible historic building. Located on Blake Street, The Grand Assembly Rooms with their Palladian architecture, were built around 300 years ago. The stunning interior decor boasts imposing chandeliers and marble columns lining the room; it creates a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy your meal.ASK Italian YorkDuring the festive season, the interior is made all the more magical with the addition of tasteful Christmas decor. From a classic tree to darling garlands adorning the bar. This is the perfect backdrop to enjoy a celebratory meal with friends or family.Since my friend and I were getting into the spirit of Christmas, we opted to go for the Super Festivo menu which offers three courses, served with a glass of Prosecco and limoncello to finish.

Whilst browsing the menu we were served a glass of lemonade, which was a lovely touch. The Super Festivo menu offers a wide range of dishes to choose from, which made the task all the more difficult because they all sounded amazing. For the starters, my friend and I decided to share two dishes so we could try both, we went for the Butterfly King Prawns and the Festive Cheese Fondu.I have to say, they were both great choices. The Prawns were served with a delicious roasted garlic bread and were full of flavour.The Festive Cheese Fondu was a real treat for any cheese lover. The rich fondu had a baked garlic and herb crumb and was accompanied by dough balls.ASK Italian YorkFor the main course, I decided upon the Meatballs Picante Grande – they were to die for! Seriously, the meatballs in spicy tomato sauce served with mozzarella and marscarpone was the perfect combination.My friend ordered the Sea Bass Alforno, which is served in a white wine sauce and a side of vegetables, it looked divine.Although we were both thoroughly full from the delicious meal, one always has to save room for dessert, right? We could not resist getting the Snowball Gnocchi – it sounded amazing and certainly lived up to expectations.As the menu said they were ‘snow good’! You are served gnocchi filled with Nutella and a  chocolate dipping sauce with white chocolate curls to add on top. Truly a treat for any sweet tooth!ASK ItalianThe meal was completed by a Limoncello digestivo – a great way to end an Italian twist on a festive lunch.

ASK Italian is one of York’s best, affordable restaurants located in an incredible building that elevates your dining experience.

As you can imagine, the during this period of the year restaurants are incredibly busy and I’d highly recommend booking ahead for a table – it will save you queuing for a long time. You can find ASK Italian York and many other restaurants offering Festive Dining on Bookatable. 

ASK Italian York

This post is in collaboration with Bookatable. As always, all opinions and photography are my own. Bon apetit! 



  1. December 15, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Wow! I am so sad to be on the Wrong Side of The Pond (!) Otherwise I would dash to this gorgeous place immediately. (Your photos of both decor and food are delicious.)

    • December 22, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much! The food was definitely delicious 🙂

    • December 22, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      Aw thank you! I know haha could eat it all now.

  2. December 22, 2018 / 8:11 am

    I love your photos. And oh my gosh that cheese fondu! How good does that look!? Yum!

    • December 22, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Thank you! I know, I can’t resist cheese.

  3. December 22, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Nutella filled gnocchi? I would never have paired those two but yuuuum!!!

    • December 22, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      Trust me, it was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had!

  4. December 22, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    My husband (then fiance) and I were in YORK about 3 years ago right after Christmas (for New Years) and I won’t lie, we were insanely bored because EVERYTHING was closed!!!!!

    • December 22, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      That’s a shame and super weird because nothing really closes in the UK. Most stores, restaurants etc are open after Boxing day 🙂

  5. December 22, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I would love to sample the delicious and inventive dishes, served in an incredible historic building at the York. Something to look forward to!

  6. Ankita
    December 23, 2018 / 6:49 am

    The restaurant looks amazing. Thefood looks delicious especially that cheese fondue.

  7. December 23, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    That place looks BEAUTIFUL and the food looks amazing!! I love the feeling of going to a place where you can get a fancy three-course meal. And a glass of Prosecco and limoncello to finish everything off sounds like perfection!

  8. December 23, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    This is such a gorgeous place to visit!! Will be marking this for future references!!

  9. December 23, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    The cheese fondue looks so delicious! I bet you had a great time with such dinner 😀

  10. December 23, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    That place looks so elegant. I’d love to have a chance to visit that venue in the future! The food also seems to be delicious. Can’t wait to go there in 2019! 🙂

  11. December 24, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    The food looked amazing! The decorations looked beautiful as well 🙂

  12. December 25, 2018 / 3:47 am

    Looks like great place to spend time. Food looks delicious too. I would like to visit some time.

  13. Rosey
    December 26, 2018 / 12:28 am

    It did look very festive. I’m so glad you had a nice time.

  14. December 26, 2018 / 5:20 am

    Ask Italian looks really great out there. I know I would love to go there. Looks like amazing food and the decor really brightens the mood as well.

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