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Ancora Cucina Italiana

4.6
4.6
713 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (818) 881-8411

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    We can cater any event...just give us a call!

  • Neighborhood

    Encino

  • Cross street

    Corbin Avenue

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 713 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Fernando Valley / Valencia

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. LG

    LisaG

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a very quaint neighborhood restaurant in Tarzana… You feel like you are eating in someone’s home. I was surprised to not see it not so busy on a Saturday night, but maybe that’s because there’s no outdoor dining? I had the spaghetti Pomodoro and it was delicious! Not too much sauce and very flavorful. We also shared a Caesar salad which was very fresh and not too heavily dressed… I highly recommend for some good Italian cuisine with fair prices.!!
  2. S

    Skates

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    So happy this wonderful restaurant survived the pandemic. It was nicely busy. The food is always excellent.
  3. h

    happy

    Los Angeles

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fresh, piping hot food...so flavorful and authentic.
  4. d

    debs

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is consistently delicious, fresh, and abundant! We ordered the shrimp and lobster dish with pasta. The sauce on the pasta was excellent, and we savored every last drop.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall was great!
  6. m

    momx2

    Los Angeles

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. Shorthanded on Mother's Day, but the staff that was there went out of their way to ensure a pleasant dining experience for all.
  7. NP

    NanciP

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always enjoy Ancora lovely meal and Ambience
  8. D

    Donnad

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I was extremely disappointed. I got such a small portion of fish. It was maybe three bites. They covered it with all the tomatoes and artichoke hearts. It looks like a very large portion but when you got to the fish there was nothing there. To spend that kind of money was such a small portion was ridiculous.I go out with my friends every Saturday night. we are always looking for a nice restaurant to go to. Unfortunately I will not be going back to Ancora. I went there years ago and I don’t remember having such small portions as I did last night.
  9. KG

    KimberlyG

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ancora has been a favorite for many years. The food is exceptional as well as the service.
  10. S

    Stltwngirl

    Los Angeles

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite really Italian restaurant! Love their homemade food. Just like my mummy's -- so yummy
  11. s

    s2artr

    Los Angeles

    386 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    386 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service was extremely slow due to lack of staff. Noise level was extremely loud, Food was good, especially the minestrone. Portions were large.
  12. AT

    ArleenT

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this restaurant.. authentic Italian food, great selection of wines, friendly service and atmosphere
  13. BR

    BRUCEA

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always consistent and good portions to big for one person easy to share
  14. NP

    NanciP

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very enjoyable as always
  15. NL

    NaturalLog

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’ve been here a few times and it’s always delicious. The appetizer of burratta and prosciutto is very good. This time I had penne pesto with shrimp. My husband had linguine and clams with white sauce and my daughter had linguine and clams with red sauce. All very fresh and tasty. Staff is very nice, pleasant and accommodating.
  16. S

    Stltwngirl

    Los Angeles

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is just as good as my Nona’s and my Mom’s. Love it!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I thought the food was average. The wine was horrible. The staff seemed lovely.
  18. NP

    NanciP

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal very much
  19. GD

    GaryD

    Los Angeles

    84 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The pizza dough felt like it was 1 of those you buy frozen from a supermarket. Service was too slow even tho there were only 3 tables.
  20. D

    Deborah

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicous food, warm and welcoming owner, good service and reasonable prices.
  21. SH

    SusanH

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Owner is so very welcoming and the food is delicious. Reasonable prices too!
  22. NP

    NanciP

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tried something new and it was very good, enjoyable dinner as always
  23. F

    Ferbie

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent and tasty. The $15 corkage is fair and the staff are warm and accommodating. Everyone agrees the Gnocchi is the best we’ve had anywhere. I like the carpaccio as well. Soups are lovely.
  24. HI

    HeyItsChip

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ancora is our neighborhood Italian place which we occasionally visit and every time we go in the staff is warm and friendly and chatting with locals who you can tell are frequent diners. The staff is always kind and very attentive and the food is delicious and comes out in a very timely manner. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a nice dinner and wants to support a small business instead of a big chain restaurant.
  25. CL

    CLRS

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Old school Italian in food and decor and service. Lots of classic preparations that are delicious and well prepared. Very yummy and pleasant meal, a new neighborhood favorite to add to our list
  26. LS

    LoriS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was really good. Service was slow but understandable with lack of staff.
  27. KG

    KimberlyG

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious the service was great! Always a pleasure.
  28. s

    swaiaman

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Good food, only one waitress and it got too busy for her to handle.
  29. PM

    PhilipM

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Our friends wanted to go here, a very traditional American-Italian restaurant. This is much higher quality than a red checkered tablecloth establishment - the ingredients are good. It's just a style of preparation that my wife and I don't care for. I had Chicken Milanese, which was unremarkable but conscientiously prepared. The vegetables were simply steamed and bland. Surprisingly, the best thing on the plate were the fresh whipped potatoes, something I usually don't care for. Service was first rate, friendly, relaxed but attentive. It's also a nice traditional space. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this place and 2/3 of dishes are under $20, so if you like this style of food, it's recommended.
  30. NP

    NanciP

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ordered something new and it was delicious
  31. LP

    LauraP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific Italian restaurant find! Our family of 4 went on a Sunday night and everyone was happy with their meal. The waitress was friendly, thoughtful, and helped us to decide our order. There were so many good option on the menu. The inside was typical Italian trattoria. All food is made to order. We will definitely be back.
  32. m

    momx2

    Los Angeles

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fabulous!
  33. RU

    RUSSC

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Italian restaurant in the valley. The food and service are excellent. Can't wait to go back
  34. O

    Orly

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    This used to be one our favorite restaurants. Not anymore, and for lots of reasons. For starters, it took at least 25 minutes until they even took our order. A table next to us had their 1st course and 2nd course before we even saw bread on the table or the soup or pizza we ordered. The restaurant is so noisy, you can barely have a conversation with the person next to you. Parking is minimal so you are left to find metered parking, if there is any. The food is mediocre at best. They only have 2 chefs in the kitchen and are clearly overwhelmed. The server was basically nowhere to be found. The person who bussed the table was more attentive than the server. We were there for a little bit less than 2 hours. It was one of the most miserable meals we've ever had. The prices are way too high for what you get. We ordered a salad with pine nuts. We needed a magnifying glass to find any but eventually found about 5. The chicken parmesan was inedible. We ordered the grilled vegetables, and to say they were tasteless is an understatement. Just gross. No one was happy with the food, the ambience, the service, or the price. We paid $170 for 5 people. We did not get drinks. We did not get dessert. One person had an appetizer as an entrée. We honestly couldn't wait to pay the check and go home. If you're wondering why we didn't complain about anything or turn anything back to the kitchen it was because we didn't want to wait until breakfast to sort things out. SO sad that what was once a great place is so bad now.
  35. h

    happy

    Los Angeles

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian cuisine served hot and with great flavors! Definately, a must go to!!
  36. m

    mdino

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food, reasonable price, great service, being there many times
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always exceptional!!! The Bronzino is amazing
  38. MB

    MarcB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food always great, ambiance a bit tired, wait staff good but sparse. Noise level tolerable.
  39. NP

    NanciP

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our dinner was very good
  40. BS

    BoydS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, as always. Food didn't take too long, was served hot and tasted fantastic.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 4.6 stars by 713 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Ancora Cucina Italiana

19647 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corbin Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Encino

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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