ASK Italian’s New Summer Kids’ Menu (Bursting with Veggies)

ASK Italian Paddington

The holidays can be a challenge and a half for we parents, right so a meal out is a treat as it means restaurant fare and a break from all the meal planning. I also admittedly become that lax mum who easily loses track of ice cream count over the hols, so like to balance that with getting as much veggies down the kids as possible. Thanks to ASK Italian eating out just got easier as they’re helping little ones get their 5-a-day with a brand-new kids menu, offering a free side dish of peas with every child’s meal to accompany their main. Oh Hap-pea days! Soz!

ASK Italian peas

They’re also kindly gifting pouches of free pea seeds to kids so they can start their ‘grow your own’ journey – a super project for the school holidays huh (Oliver can’t wait to start planting-and then eating his).

Peas aren’t the only way that ASK Italian is enticing children to eat their greens either, as the new kids menu offers tons of dishes full of fruit and veggies including vegetable sticks with bread soldiers and a tasty tomato dip,  hidden veg Brilliant Bolognese, available with the ‘Tip and Top Pasta’, and yummy ‘Frutti’ salad of strawberries, raspberries and grapes.

ASK Italian kids' menu

It’s smiles all round too with their brand new ‘Smiley Face Pizza’ – margarita pizza topped with cucumber eyes, tomato nose and a pepper smile (and kids can select additional toppings to boot).


smiley pizza

They’ve not forgotten the parents either, as Saturday saw us scoff olives galore garnished with oregano before a creamy fondue starter for me and crispy calamari for Peter.

green olives green olives Olive oil fondue bread sticks

Then it was a double cheese whammy with goat’s cheese and balsamic onion crostinis on cos lettuce, artichokes, plum tomatoes and red pepper pearls, tossed in a citrus dressing. Delicious!

goat's cheese salad

And have you even been to an Italian restaurant if you didn’t eat fried zucchini?! YUM!

zucchini fritte

Peter plumped for the crab and ricotta half moon pasta with a large king prawn in the centre, that he inhaled.

crab and ricotta pasta

Oh, and we enjoyed a tangy Parmesan salad on the side that we both shared. Well, I begrudgingly shared-ha!

Parmesan salad

And, this wouldn’t have been complete without a flatlay! This one features pepperoni pizza for Oliver, Peter’s pasta, zucchini fritte and Parmesan salad.

ASK Italian flatlay

Next up was the perfectly creamy and not too sweet yoghurt panacotta with raspberries and edible flowers I could have devoured two of!

yoghurt panacotta

Thankfully Oliver’s Banana Chocolate Brownie was donated to me when he announced he was too full for it. Result!

chocolate and banana brownie

Peter adored his Blood Orange and Chocolate tart so much he refused to share.

blood orange and chocolate tarte

…You must also try the aromatic craft Italian cider Angioletti when you visit. Perfection in a glass.

Cheers to that and a super meal for this greedy family!

Italian cider

Thank you ASK Paddington!

You can also read about our Mother’s Day feast at ASK Italian.

This was a complimentary meal. As always my words are honest.

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