You always know it’s risky if you venture out on a Saturday night, want to have a nice dinner and don’t book a table.
It’s an extra stress when you have cinema tickets and want to have your lovely Saturday night meal at precisely the right time and you want it to take around 50 minutes.
My friend and I are normally organised, but on that night we had our head in the clouds.
She was celebrating a promotion in her role in cabin crew, and I was giddy at the thought of going to see a film that wasn’t rated ‘U’.
And, yes, before you ask, it was ‘50 Shades’, and yes, the film was infinitely better than the book.
Anyway, if you’re picking up tickets at Glasgow’s Cineworld, Ask Italian right across the road is an attractive option.
When we walked in, there was a great city atmosphere.
The high ceilings and cool lighting of this large eaterie make for a good setting, and there was an unsurprising busy buzz.
Because of its prime location – it’s a stone’s throw for the multi-cinema and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – it does seem like it has a lot of customers who use it to grab “a quick bite” before going off to do something else with their evening.
This is a pity, as what we had was delicious and the restaurant was worthy of a trip back on a night you have nothing else on.
We started with some tear and share herby bread followed by pasta for mains.
The bread was fantastic - it was lovely and warm from the oven, not too crispy and just fluffy enough.
Our wine was served in large, goblet type glasses, and perfectly chilled.
My friend ordered the spaghetti al pomodoro, a dish of well-cooked pasta served with santos tomatoes, garlic and basil in a tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella.
She mentioned the sauce was a little thick, but she cleared her plate and spilled some of the red dressing on her white top but still appeared happy.
I loved my fettuccine bolognese. The flat ribbon pasta was served with a beef and pork ragu sauce which was tasty and very filling.
Overall, the food was slightly slow to arrive, but nothing excessive. There was a buzzing atmosphere, good, fresh food but often the staff looked slightly harrassed. I would certainly return though, without the cinema tickets.
3 Port Dundas Place, Glasgow
0141 332 7336