About Ancora Cucina Italiana
Benvenuti! Welcome to the authentically delicious Italian cuisine! Ancora Cucina Italiana has now opened its kitchen, dining room and its heart to everyone in San Fernando Valley! After a few years of absence, Fabrizio Amati and Salvatore Caredda are back in the Valley
Italian, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
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Ancora Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews
Love this place.
Expensive but well worth it. Food is fantastic. A must for Tarzana/Woodland Hills Italian food fans.
Food was outstanding and the staff was r ...
Food was outstanding and the staff was really nice. The shrimp and lobster pasta was some of the best shrimp I've ever had! And he flat bread was amazing too!
There were five of us tonight and enjoye ...
There were five of us tonight and enjoyed each meal! Our waitress Adrienne is terrific and was able to get each order out perfectly!
Excellent consistent dishes. I love thei ...
Excellent consistent dishes. I love their veal.
Food was so delicious. Very ample portio ...
Food was so delicious. Very ample portions. The couple we brought were first timers and they said they would definitely come back. Very enjoyable Saturday evening!!!
The pumpkin ravioli was wonderful, however, there was too much sauce. It doesn't need to be swimming in the delicious sauce. Other than too much of a good thing this is a fun and fresh restaurant
Excellent local Italian restaurant
I was looking for a local Italian restaurant to have dinner with friends. Ancora had good Yelp reviews so we decided to try it. We had a 6:15 reservation on Saturday night and the restaurant wasn't crowded yet. It got more so as time went on.The food was delicious , the service was good and our server was friendly and attentive.
this restaurant has been a neighborhood gem for a long time. Great food and service....love it. Loretta Kaye
The Branzino is excellent. We enjoyed ou ...
The Branzino is excellent. We enjoyed our meal. Service was quite slow as the restaurant was entirely full. We have known Fabrizio for many years and he is a wonderful host.
5-Star Birthday Celebration!
We went here for the first time to celebrate my 50th birthday. Ancora Cucina did not disappoint! The service was exceptional and genuine. The food was delicious, and the portions were perfect. We will definitely return and recommend to our friends.
Great But Avoid Friday & Saturday Nights
Everything about this restaurant was fantastic except the noise level and the wait time for the food. They were very very busy on the Saturday night we went at about 7 PM. It was so noisy that it was impossible to have a conversation with the other couple we dined with. Also the kitchen was not able to keep up with the orders in a timely manner because it was so busy.
Family Run, Family Friendly
So glad we found this family run neighborhood gem. Delicious, fresh food. Very kid friendly and excellent service. I don't know why we have not tried this restaurant before. The only issue is the parking lot is tiny and it was difficult to find parking.
Wonderful local restaurant.
Delicious traditional Italian cuisine; great service; neighborhood gem; good value
A friend's input
You guy have great food, great service, pleasant welcoming ownership, if you dress up the decor little bit, I think you will see more action. But as always it's a pleasure to visit and dine at your restaurant.
Always good food
Have been going there for years. Always tasty food. Pastas are steaming hot. Servers are friendly. Menu has not changed too much but we Dont go there because it is trendy. The decor may be a little dated, but who cares? It's a great neighborhood restaurant with high quality food.
Great food and hospitality
This is a great neighborhood restaurant with very warm. attentive service. Food is great too.
Good neighborhood restaurant
Ancora has never disappointed us and saturday was no different. There were 6 of us and we were all pleased with our choices. Two of us ordered one of the specials which was osso bucco and the portion was large and cooked perfectly. The other items ordered were also quite tasty
A Good Bet
This was our second time at this restaurant. We do enjoy it although it is quite noisy when busy (weekends). The salad with artichoke was mediocre at best. The Caesar Salad also was fair. Outstanding for me was the Chicken Milanaise. Pasta and fish enjoyed by others in our party of five. Service was very good. Owner/host seemed very concerned about the well-being of his clientele.
Been going here for years. Food is alway ...
Been going here for years. Food is always good. So is service.
Ancora is probably one of the best Italian Restaurants around. The service is really good, the same employees have been there for years. Pizza melts in your mouth. Fish is prepared so good. Cesar salad is one of the best. What more can I say.
I had Branzino and my husband had Veal L ...
I had Branzino and my husband had Veal Lemon. Both dishes were delicious. The meal ended with my husband's favorite dessert - Chocolate Tartuffo...
Great Italian cuisine!
We felt very welcomed and comfortable. The food was amazing! We recommended the restaurant to foodie friends.
Great service, great food
Made last minute reservations for 20 and they had the table ready and we were seated as soon as we got there. As soon as you walk in, they are very welcoming and very evident that it is a family run business. All staff were very attentive, friendly and just provided overall excellent service. Since we were a party of 20 we were able to try a lot of different dishes including the calamari, pizza, Farfalle Salmone, Linguine alle Vongole, spaghetti Bolognese, mushroom ravioli. The owner came to the table several times to check on us, great service, great food, great atmosphere.
Great for romantic dining or group gathering
Fabulous place with warm atmosphere; very attentive service; delicious food
The noise level was intrusive
The evening could have been more favorable had the noise level been reasonable. The seating for 2 was inches away from another seating for 2 Hunger impacts how one feels about the food so no further comments to offer. It must be a local and popular place I would not return
We have been eating here for years with ...
We have been eating here for years with various owners. It has improved lately, and we have come back.
We had lunch at the restaurant. The res ...
We had lunch at the restaurant. The restaurant was empty except for us...too bad because the food and service was quite good. Recommend that you consider asking for the dinner menu which has many more choices than the lunch menu.
The food is well prepared and tasty but ...
The food is well prepared and tasty but the ambiance is outdated and rather depressing
How did this place got such high scores? ...
How did this place got such high scores? The food purports to be "traditional", but in reality, it's plain boring, lacks any imagination & kind of blah. Tired decor.
Excellent neighborhood restaurant
Great food and the service is excellent. This is my top choice when I crave Italian food. After feasting on the pasta or what ever you choice is ,leave room for the cannoli's. You will not regret it.
fabulous neighborhood find
Food at Ancoura Cucina was fantabulous!!! The Soup of the Day (mushroom puree) was absolutely amazing and was something that we haven't tried before. Must trys are the Vitello Limone and the Vongole. The veal was perfect and the sauce was spritely. Sides were perfect too. The Vongole had at least a dozen Manila Clams and tasted great. We came in early on a Tuesday evening and the place was beginning to fill up. Atmosphere was warm and cozy and Nicole our server was very helpful in explaining the dishes and what wines can be paired with it.
Great Birthday Dinner
It was easy to make a last-minute reservation for a group of 6 on a Saturday night, although the restaurant was pleasantly busy when we arrived. The service was courteous and attentive, and the food was just delicious. It was a great place to have my birthday dinner with friends!
Very agreeable to split portions - especially doing it in the kitchen without a fee. Food was very good. Veal Limone was very tasty and the Ancora salad was excellent, but the pesto pasta dish lacked adequate seasoning and was rather bland. While it was a bit noisy, we were able to have conversations. The service was excellent and very accommodating. We will definitely go back and try other dishes.
Overall good experience
Good food, good service, lovely setting...we enjoyed everything about our experience.
From one of the owners of Il Balcone
We so missed Il Balcone when it closed, we were delighted that one of the owners opened this place. Food is delicious, service is the same as it was at Il Balcone - amusingly harried.
Date night on a Saturday. Street parking ...
Date night on a Saturday. Street parking on Ventura boulevard, no valet. Watch the time limit, or risk a ticket. 7:00, restaurant began to fill up. Mostly couples, but some parents don't understand the concept of a babysitter, and bring cranky toddlers. It is charmingly cute, if a tad bright. We sat at a corner booth by the window. Service was very attentive, and fresh bread and water were always brought without having to request it. Food is priced comparably for what you get. $12 for mozzarella caprese, which was very good. $18 for chicken eggplant (did not enjoy the red sauce, tasted too sweet), mashed potatoes and vegetable medley. Not too creative. $23 for veal piccata with the same accompaniments.
Wait staff was very friendly and accomodating.
Wait staff was very friendly and accomodating. Made us feel like we were regulars although this was our first visit. Food was extremely good . Looking forward to returning to try another menu item.
It is so nice to have such a delicious f ...
It is so nice to have such a delicious fresh Italian restaurants in the valley. The service was excellent it was the best ravioli I have ever had handmade perfect
Food, service and ambiance was great.
Food, service and ambiance was great.
My husband and I found this restaurant through the Open Table app. We were beyond delighted; we ordered between the three of us two dishes, and had two desserts. We do not remember having such delicious Italian food, at least in the past several years. We drove some distance to get there, but will visit this restaurant regularly.
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