Ask (restaurant)

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ASK, also known as ASK ITALIAN is a British casual dining restaurant chain that serves Italian cuisine in 120 locations in the UK.[1]

The chain, founded by brothers Adam and Samuel Kaye in 1993, and floated on AIM in 1995, was the subject of a public-to-private deal in 2004,[2] after which it was merged with Pizza Express [3] to form Gondola Holdings,[4] which is now part of the Gondola Group.

The name can be construed either as the founders' initials or as an abbreviation of "Authentic Sicilian Kitchen". Ask was the chain's original name, it was rebranded as Ask Italian from 2010.[5]

Charity Fundraising[edit]

In early 2013 ASK switched on Pennies,[6] the electronic charity box in all their restaurants, giving their customers the option to top up their bill by 20p and donate to charity Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About us". Ask Restaurants publication. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Financial News - Kaye brothers set to bag £15m in Ask Pizza sale
  3. ^ "Merger with Pizza Express". TDR Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Formation of Gondola Holdings". TDR Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
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  6. ^ Pennies website

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