Ancora Cucina Italiana

4.5
611 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian


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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 611 people are saying
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LeslieM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food but outdoor dining is very loud with cars racing down ventura.

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vipEdwardG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Covid-19 requires improvisation, and there are only two outdoor tables with a view of Ventura Blvd, but when you savor the food and enjoy the service you'll swear you are in the Via Veneto. A very fine local establishment with takeout and delivery that deserves to thrive until things open up fully again.

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vipEdwardG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent improvised outdoor seating but they do mostly take out and delivery now. Excellent food and service. Can't wait till it's safe to go inside but meanwhile please keep them busy. I have no interest in this place directly or indirectly other than it's really good!

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vipLouD
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food I’ve had in LA, moved here in 1999.

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MaliK
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was good, food was great and they followed the CDC guidelines.

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vipBrettW
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ancora... the food, the vibe and most importantly the people. Everyone, from the back kitchen to the owner, is delightful... which makes the already delicious meals even tastier.

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vipBruceM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was authentic italian and delicious -- definitely not your chain italian restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Mistake in the kitchen delayed one of the two entree s getting to the table-had to wait longer than normal

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RobJ
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ancora Cucina is my new go-to for a no-fuss date night away from the kids. The atmosphere is simple and the food is delicious. Don't expect romantic or interesting atmosphere. Just really friendly, genuine attention from everyone that works there and great food at a reasonable price. I always leave in a good mood!

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NancyG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an evening at Ancora is a delight! The staff is so welcoming and the food is fabulous!!

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vipTomC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in the West Valley! Their take out is amazing. Once you get the dine-in don't miss it!

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vipswaiaman
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place. Decent Italian food at reasonable prices. Bring your own wine; their list is skimpy.

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vipellenl
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Busy on Saturday night at 7:00. Food presented very nicely and was very tasty. Will go back

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Shellyg
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ancora is always wonderful. We love the food, service(Nicole), and the owner and busgirl. The food here is always consistently excellent. My favorite italian restaurant in the valley.

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vipGyuri
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BIRTHDAY, great food and good prices

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vipNanciP
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good service exceptional brought
the food as we ordered it.

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vipEllenR
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Meh. I guess if you’re a regular, it could be a good experience but ours was not. It took a long time before someone came to our table. When we ordered, it took at least 20 minutes (maybe more I don’t start looking at my watch when the waiter takes the order) to get the salad. (People were seated and served their appetizer within that time.) we were told - oh, we thought you were served your salad already. (What??) in addition, the entrees were fine but certainly nothing I would return for. In addition, it’s a very noisy restaurant. (That’s not necessarily bad but you should know before you go.)

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vipBRUCEA
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is always very good and conssistant fair prices and large portions,

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vipEileenB
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Valentines dinner with friends. Very crowded & service wasn’t great. Will try again on a non holiday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I came for Valentine’s Day and had a nice time. It was pretty empty around 6 when we got there but got busier as the night went on. I got the pollo al funghi and it was delicious. It was a comfortable portion and I took a little bit home with me. My husband got the spinach ravioli and wasn’t a huge fan. It was heavier in on the spinach for his taste. The place can be a bit pricey, but it has a wide selection of Italian dishes. The decor is pretty basic doesn’t have a romantic vibe, but the small business atmosphere was actually a bit refreshing in LA. The service was ok, but our waitress seemed a bit over it when we asked for dessert, but it was a holiday. I’d probably come back, but I wouldn’t expect a super special experience.

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John
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

4 sittings, I'm the only one who loved the taste of my meal, One meal Spinach was not nice at all, other meal steak was not nice, my 3 guests not overly impressed. But I liked it, for me just a retail store with a restaurant inside, I'm not complaining. you may like it, it's ok.

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JudynBert
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant when we want to celebrate something or just have great Italian food. The food is always delicious. All the pastas are home made and very light. I had the veal with eggplant that was delicious and it was served with great home made mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. My husband had their lasagna and he said it was the best he's ever had. They have the best tiramisu anywhere. The service is always excellent.

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David
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice evening with warm service and delicious food!!

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AmySunshine
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good, neighborhood Italian joint. Food is good. Ambience and noise level are pretty good. Just think it's a bit pricy for the style of place.....but we've been there before, and will go back.

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vipDelicioso
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently good. Service is great. Perfect mid week dinner!

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vipJBofLA
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Go for the food, it is like food in Italy, not an Italian-American red sauce restaurant.

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Geri
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've gone to Ancora a number of times. Staff are welcoming and pleasant and food has always been consistently good. Prices are in keeping with location and quantity. No complaints about the restaurant as a whole and will return.

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MarkR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

1. They use finely diced garlic on their bruschetta which is horrifically overpowering. A sign of a lazy and low skilled chef.
2. The eggplant rigatoni was incredibly salty.
You need to find specific dishes here that aren't terrible. Many are not.

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vipGyuri
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE AND GOOD PRICES !!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional food and service. It was my husband's birthday and we were served 2 fabulous desserts to end a completely delicious meal. The pollo ala lemon is usually my go to. Yummy.

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NicoleS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious! We were a party of 7 for a birthday dinner. The spaghetti bolognesi was great. The seafood risotto was great. The pizza was delicious. Beautiful holiday decorations as well!

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vipLAL626
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great Italian restaurant in Tarzana. Have been here a handful of times and the food is always consistant and delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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BHNA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a birthday celebration planned for 13 people at a nearby restaurant that was suddenly closed. We found Ancora Cucina Italiana very last minute. They were able to accommodate 13 people with only a week's notice which surprised me, and even more after I saw how full it was at dinner time. They were completely flexible and let us bring our own cake which they cut and served for us. The food and service was excellent!! From the outside, it doesn't look like much, but then you walk inside and there is a warm family vibe. Our server was so happy to help. They were also able to accommodate my gluten allergy and made a delicious gluten free chicken dish for me. They also had gluten free pasta. I asked everyone what they thought as there were a wide variety of dishes ordered, from pizza to seafood pasta and everyone said it was delicious. We will for sure be coming back. Thank you for making our Birthday celebration one to remember.

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JohnW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

You don't have to head to Brentwood for great Italian food you have it here in Tarzana. I love the pasta here. All dishes made to order so it takes a little time. Just enough time to enjoy a nice salad and a glass of wine. If you find dishes that you once had at Il Balcona in Encino, it's the same owner. On my four trips here I have seen large parties, families and couples of all ages. Just like in Italy. Very low corkage if you want to bring your own wine but they have a good wine list. Highly recommend.

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viprififi
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We continue to return to this stellar family owned restaurant. Varied menu, reasonably priced and outstanding service. Great wine list too.

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vipSkates
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite restaurants when we can't think of anywhere else to go. We are creatures of habit. Every meal has been exceptional. The personal attention is delightful.

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vipFrancesco
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the OSSOBUCCO it's fantastic! Pure comfort food and wine and makes me feel I'm back in Italy!

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ChristopherH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I hate to say it cuz I don't want a larger crowd; but this place is awesome if you are craving Italian.
So friendly, great food, no hassle to swap out some items, great portions and so so yummy.
Reservations for sure.

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vipUno1
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall everything was good except the service was very slow unlike other times.

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vipDelicioso
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ancora is always good. Food is consistently good. Service is always great.

FAQs

Ancora Cucina Italiana does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Ancora Cucina Italiana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 881-8411.

Ancora Cucina Italiana is rated 4.5 stars by 611 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.