Ancora Cucina Italiana
Ancora Cucina Italiana

Ancora Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ancoracucinaitaliana.com/
  • Phone: 8188818411
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

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

    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corbin Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from 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
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Ancora Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (5)romantic (5)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Perfect neighborhood trattoria
    Glenda91367VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Convenient Woodland Hills location. Parking on Ventura Blvd. in front and small lot in rear. Variety and quality of food is wonderful. Although veal is not on the menu at lunch, they will prepare it for you to your specifications. I always have the linguine with clams loaded with fresh parmesan. Food is always consistently delicious. Service is personal and attentive. I recommend this venue and we will continue to return frequently.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • letseatout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    consistent. Pizza is wonderful! Fish dishes are lovely.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Italian food.
    Ashermusic
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Rigatoni Bosciola and wild mushroom ravioli with truffle oil are to die for. Service was excellent. Charming ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JJfamilyfavorite
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Not as good as it used to be. I added the $5 meatballs to my pasta dish and got 4 tiny ones. Kind of a joke. But, I didn't laugh.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    SirDinezALot
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Pasta dishes were uninspiring in every way. The arribiata sauce on my penne had a bunch of sugar added. The pasta itself seemed store bought. The service was great, with a helpful and eager staff that was attentive without being overbearing. I would not dine there again, however, as I could have better, quicker and easier if I just cooked at home.
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  • My YELP review for Ancora Cucina
    bunnykv
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    From the moment I walked in the door until the moment I left three hours later, the entire experience was wonderful. This restaurant is a little gem in the West Valley. The staff (especially the amazing, beautiful, and accommodating Nicole and the ? owner who passed by frequently and asked if everything was okay) were great, as was the prompt and attentive service...and separate checks for a party of eleven!! My entire group couldn't praise the restaurant enough and everyone enjoyed their food. I selected the Pumpkin Ravioli which is TO DIE FOR!! It was so delicate and full of flavor. The restaurant is relatively small and cozy with a very nice clientele . A truly wonderful evening at a truly charming restaurant. This is a KEEPER!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    valleymomVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We hadn't been to this restaurant for dinner since it was under the same ownership as 'La Finestra.' We were very happy to find great service, delicious food, and a lively atmosphere. We took our own wine and corkage was only $8. We will definitely return agin and very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ehh.
    StephanieBlum
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were the only people there at lunch time. The food was just OK.
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  • Good Italian in Tarzana?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    That right Tarzana. I had a pounded ny steak with red peppers and other seasoning it was fantastic. The service was a bit slow and it took a long time for the food and drink orders to arrive but the food was very good but don't forget to save room for the cannoli
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great Italian food at reasonable prices. Management always present and greeting tables. good service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    maddy
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Better then expected. Love the restaurant and would go back very soon! Our new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, cheerfully served.
    Psych
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The service was attentive and cheerful. I had branzino, prepared without capers, as I had requested, and it was delicious. The other people at the table were very pleased with their orders, too. Generally, good Italian food!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • happyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Authentic Italian food with great flavors. Salads are huge, delicious gazpacho, pastas are devine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Had heard about this restaurant from a friend who said it was good. We live in the neighborhood and thought we'd give it a try. The service was awful!! It seemed only one waitress and who I assumed to be the owner were working. The place was pretty crowded too. To get their attention was very difficult, after a while I literally had to mouth to the waitress "can we order please?" She sent the owner to finally take our order. Most of the food was good but my husband had order spaghetti & meatballs and it was awful, very plan. I could compare it to Sphaghetti O's in a can. The slow service continued, I do not think we will go back, though most of the food was pretty good.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 70 reviews are from the Ancora Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • great italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    this was a great italian restaurant located in tarzana. Great food, better service and overall a wonderful experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happydinerVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Never fails to delivery consistently good quality food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was terrific and we were treated extremely well, though we came with a large group of 12 that wound up being 13. They were attentive and let us stay longer than we should have. Great vibe. Highly recomend
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish I could keep it a secret...
    luv2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I almost didn't write a review as I don't want everyone to find out about this wonderful place! But that wouldn't be fair to the gracious owners and their great restaurant. There were seven us of celebrating my mother's birthday; we wanted a change of pace and my parents pretty much only eat Italian food so we decided to try Ancora Cucina. What a great choice we made (thanks to Open Table as would likely never have found it on our own)! Every single dish was cooked to perfection, seasoned perfectly, well portioned, and just delicious! The lighting was great; it wasn't overly crowded so not terribly noisy; the seating comfortable. This is definitely my new favorite Italian restaurant in the valley.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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  • consistent and excellent
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    One of best Italian restaurants. Food is hot and salad is always fresh. Friendly service. Small parking lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded our expectations --
    EKJK
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our first time here - very much enjoyed our evening. Our meal was excellent, the menu is quite extensive and has some nicely creative dishes. The service was prompt and very accommodating. One of the specials we had was Osso Buco, one of the largest and tenderest we have had. Served with al dente pasta in a tomato sauce that was definitely not from a can. This restaurant is well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good GO TO Italian restaurant
    Msfoodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Loved the place ...went with 10 people and everyone really liked their food. Moderate prices and an $8.00 corkage fee. Red sauces were excellent, salmon, Oso Bucco, Trout, Veal, Calimari very good. Ceasare Salad fair. Desserts great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Around the corner
    BrendeVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Thanks to Open Table we returned to Ancora and pleased with our meal and waitress Josephania (sp) perfect. Love their special soups and salads fresh and tasty! Can't go wrong with any choices, husband loves the pasta and I favor the chicken dishes! Will definitely return only draw back is limited parking spaces!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian food.
    BobFVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Food is consistently good. Nothing fancy but always tasty. Staff is extremely friendly and available. They used to waive the corkage fee but now they have it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soooo Good
    stacey
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Love this place. Every dish is great!!! You gotta eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not go back. Decor depressing
    BB415VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Would not go back. Decor depressing. Entire restaurant needs a makeover, food mediocre.
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  • Not going to go ancora
    UncleRonVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    A neighborhood joint with a neighborhood vibe. Everyone knows the owner and vice versa. The service was as local as the customers and so was the cooking. If you're close and really hungry, OK so go. Otherwise drive on.
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  • Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This is a great Italian restaurant - outstanding and authentic Italian food, friendly and helpful service as well as owners that pay attention to customer needs. Will certainly return for more good food. In fact, my 12 year old granddaughter wants her family dinner at this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the Drive
    arthur
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We drive from Santa Monica for this great Italian food. The prices are reasonable for the quality of food. Also, the service was exceptional.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • First time winner
    Vinny
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Had never been and was very pleased with the food and service, will go back for sure. I went with my cousins and a friend and everyone agreed it was a great find, the servers were fun and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    PienzaVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Passed this place numerous times without blinking an eye... Finally had a chance to try on New Year's Eve 2013, and was very surprised by the nice interior, the attentive service, and very solid, delicious food... The burrato with proscuitto was excellent; I would go back for the burrata alone. The ravioli with mushroom and truffle oil was a spectacular new dish we had never tried before, and it knocked it out of the park... We were too full to really explore the dessert menu, but I enjoyed the spumoni cake, which somehow gave me a flashback of a childhood memory... Very impressed as we normally have to travel far for good Italian...
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pasta
    Chichi
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Nice variety of Italian dishes, pasta really good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The tomato basil sauce is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The tomato basil sauce is excellent!! I have had several different dishes with this sauce: consistently great. It is a Neighborhood gem & they have a reasonable corkage fee. My wife and I love to bring a bottle of wine and enjoy this intimate restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And I passed it a million times....
    Talkshowz
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I passed this restaurant a million times......it took a friends recommendation to get me in. Now they won't be able to get me out. Authentic Italian with an east coast bent........I loved the food. They made me feel welcome and inportant.........they work hard and succeed. I'm very particualar about eating good food...........I felt like I was a in Boston's northe end....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but busy Italian restaurant!
    Shopsafari
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We walked in to find a very busy scene with almost every table filled in the moderately sized place. The tables were relatively close together, packed in like in NY and there was a high level of noise. We had a reservation, but we had to wait a little bit before being seated. The food choices were very good. I had the trout and my husband had a pasta with chicken and pink sauce. Both dishes as well as the salad were great. They also split the salad for us to share for no extra charge. Overall, we liked the meal and service but found the ambiance with the all the noise and tables packed together less desirable .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good well cooked interesting
    FoodiemanVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    very good well cooked interesting menu Italian place in the valley. will keep coming back; place was packed on a saturday night, a very good thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new Favorite Italian Restaurant
    SheriandBillVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Just a few miles from our house sits Ancora, a small unassuming Italian restaurant on Ventura Blvd. Not sure why we had never tried it before, but we are sure glad we finally did. It is definitely one our new favorites and we have been back 3 times since we found it. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is nice and the service is wonderful. You must try the salmon tartare as a starter as it just melts in your mouth. My favorite entree is the pasta with eggplant and mozzarella. I've had this dish at many restaurants, but this one leaves me speechless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Some dishes are excellent
    Crayman
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    We had a party of 8, and have to give a mixed review. I had the mushroom ravioli, and I thought it was sensational. Other folks were not as impressed with their meals, so I have to give the food 3 starts, even though mine was full of 5 star flabor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an enjoyable dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Always an enjoyable dining experience. Food is always good. Owners and staff make you feel welcome and greet you like old friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent italian food
    K9LOVERVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Stumbled on this place first time around and came back a week later for birthday celebration. The owner and servers are very friendly and nice. The place can get very crowded and the noise is the only drawback. The food is excellent. Great minestrone soup and ceasar salad to start. Loved the chicken Parm. pounded flat with good amount of cheese and tasty pink sauce. The pastas we have tried have all been very good. The prices are very reasonable for the portions and tasty food. I will definitely continue to come back when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Take a pass
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Service was very slow. Waited a while for our table to get bussed even though we had a reservation. Food took awhile and was just ok. Once our server took our order we never saw her again until the end. Maybe an off night for them. Even the people at the table next to us were complaining.
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