About Ancora Cucina Italiana

19647 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
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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

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Corbin Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 881-8411

Website:
http://www.ancoracucinaitaliana.com/

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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San Fernando Valley / Valencia
Neighborhood Gem
San Fernando Valley / Valencia
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fit for foodies (20)
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good for groups (13)
romantic (10)
great for lunch (7)
notable wine list (6)
kid-friendly (6)
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food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Love this place.

Dined 3 days ago

Expensive but well worth it. Food is fantastic. A must for Tarzana/Woodland Hills Italian food fans.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Food was outstanding and the staff was r ...

Dined on April 26, 2016

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!

food5
ambience4
service5

There were five of us tonight and enjoye ...

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

There were five of us tonight and enjoyed each meal! Our waitress Adrienne is terrific and was able to get each order out perfectly!

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent consistent dishes. I love thei ...

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

Excellent consistent dishes. I love their veal.

food5
ambience5
service5

Food was so delicious. Very ample portio ...

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

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!!!

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great pasta

Dined on April 2, 2016

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

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Excellent local Italian restaurant

Dined on March 27, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Secret

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

this restaurant has been a neighborhood gem for a long time. Great food and service....love it. Loretta Kaye

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3

The Branzino is excellent. We enjoyed ou ...

vip
Dined on March 20, 2016

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.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

5-Star Birthday Celebration!

Dined on March 14, 2016

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.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience2
service3
value5

Great But Avoid Friday & Saturday Nights

Dined on February 21, 2016

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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Family Run, Family Friendly

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful local restaurant.

Dined on February 15, 2016

Delicious traditional Italian cuisine; great service; neighborhood gem; good value

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

A friend's input

Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Always good food

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great food and hospitality

Dined on February 7, 2016

This is a great neighborhood restaurant with very warm. attentive service. Food is great too.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Good neighborhood restaurant

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

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

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

A Good Bet

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Been going here for years. Food is alway ...

vip
Dined on January 23, 2016

Been going here for years. Food is always good. So is service.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Tarzana Secret

vip
Dined on January 23, 2016

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I had Branzino and my husband had Veal L ...

Dined on January 22, 2016

I had Branzino and my husband had Veal Lemon. Both dishes were delicious. The meal ended with my husband's favorite dessert - Chocolate Tartuffo...

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Italian cuisine!

Dined on January 16, 2016

We felt very welcomed and comfortable. The food was amazing! We recommended the restaurant to foodie friends.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great service, great food

vip
Dined on December 28, 2015

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.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great for romantic dining or group gathering

Dined on December 28, 2015

Fabulous place with warm atmosphere; very attentive service; delicious food

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food2
ambience1
service2

The noise level was intrusive

vip
Dined on December 13, 2015

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

food4
ambience3
service4

We have been eating here for years with ...

vip
Dined on December 13, 2015

We have been eating here for years with various owners. It has improved lately, and we have come back.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

We had lunch at the restaurant. The res ...

Dined on December 10, 2015

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.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience1
service3

The food is well prepared and tasty but ...

Dined on December 10, 2015

The food is well prepared and tasty but the ambiance is outdated and rather depressing

food2
ambience2
service3

How did this place got such high scores? ...

vip
Dined on December 3, 2015

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent neighborhood restaurant

Dined on December 2, 2015

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.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

fabulous neighborhood find

Dined on November 18, 2015

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Birthday Dinner

Dined on November 15, 2015

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!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Very pleased

Dined on November 15, 2015

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Overall good experience

Dined on November 9, 2015

Good food, good service, lovely setting...we enjoyed everything about our experience.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4

From one of the owners of Il Balcone

vip
Dined on November 8, 2015

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.

Tags: fit for foodies
food3
ambience3
service4

Date night on a Saturday. Street parking ...

vip
Dined on November 8, 2015

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Wait staff was very friendly and accomodating.

Dined on October 31, 2015

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.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

It is so nice to have such a delicious f ...

vip
Dined on October 28, 2015

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

food5
ambience5
service5

Food, service and ambiance was great.

Dined on October 26, 2015

Food, service and ambiance was great.

food5
ambience5
service5

Dinner

vip
Dined on October 18, 2015

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem

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