ASK Italian

ASK Italian
9-13 Shandwick Place

+44(0)131 241 1048

Overall score: ★★★★☆

I was really pleasantly surprised during a recent visit to ASK Italian, because they have a completely separate vegan menu – and its pretty comprehensive to boot! Whether you want a big plate of hearty pasta, or want to indulge in a vegan pizza (hello vegan cheese!) ASK Italian in the West End has a great vibe and is a solid option for vegan Italian dining.

Vegan food at ASK Italian

Bread and Nibbles

  • Vegan Italian olives Large green Nocellara olives from Sicily
  • Vegan spicy nuts & nibbles Almonds, cashews, crispy corn kernels and chickpeas
  • Vegan rosemary & sea salt bread Add olive tapanade or spicy tomato dip for an extra cost


  • Vegan Tuscan bread salad Torn Tuscan bread, yellow courgettes, tomatoes, cucumber, roasted peppers, red onions and pine nuts. Dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Vegan baked dough balls Served with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Vegan bruschetta Toasted Pagnotta bread with marinated tomatoes and fresh basil


Top your own vegan prima pizza Add three toppings to ASK Italian’s tomato and vegan mozzarella alternative base (gluten-free also available).

Choose from: Marinated artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, grilled aubergines, caramelised onions, roasted peppers or olives


  • Vegan spaghetti al pomodoro Santos tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil in a rich tomato sauce
  • Vegan penne arrabiata Penne pasta in a fiery rich tomato and basil sauce
  • Vegan fettuccine con verdure Flat ribbon pasta with fine green beans, oven-roasted tomatoes and spinach, seasoned with chilli and garlic, and topped with olive tapenade
  • Vegan fettuccine con melanzane Flat ribbon pasta with grilled aubergines in a rich tomato, garlic and basil sauce
  • Vegan spaghetti lentil ragu Mixed vegetable and lentil ragu


  • Vegan mixed salad
  • Vegan rocket salad
  • Vegan roast charlotte potatoes
  • Vegan rainbow salad Candy stripe beetroot, yellow courgettes, Santos tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, mixed leaves, radish, pine nuts and a sweet mustard dressing on the side


  • Vegan sorbetti Two scoops of Italian speciality sorbets. Choose from raspberry, mango, mango or prosecco
  • Vegan blood orange and chocolate tart Zesty dark chocolate tart with a nut and date base, served with tangy raspberry sorbet
Gin and tonic
All good meals start with a G&T
Vegan olives to nibble
Vegan fettuccine con melanzane

Inside Ask Italian Edinburgh

Vegan fettuccine con melanzane

While I only had a plate of pasta on this visit (sometimes you just can’t fight the urge to fill your face with carbs), I will definitely be back to try more of ASK Italian’s offering. Their vegan fettuccine con melanzane was delicious: hearty and satisfying, with slices of tender aubergine throughout. The olives were also perfect as a pre-meal nibble.

It’s great to see vegans being so well catered for in chains such as ASK Italian. If you find yourself in the West End looking for a filling Italian feast, then ASK will have you sorted. Bellissimo!

Choice: ★★★★☆
Menu info: ★★★★★
Deliciousness: ★★★★☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆

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