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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

19647 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
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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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine

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Ancora Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.5

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
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Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Fun (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Terrific!! Great Service!! Very Tasty dinner!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food and salad was excellent. Service was quite slow, apparently due to understaffing

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ancora Cucina was a great place to dine. Food excellent, fair price, excellent wine, and good proportions. Would definitely go back. I will however have to give them ding thought. I used the online reservation, which was great, and indicated it was a birthday celebration. My wife's bday. The waitress did not acknowledge the occasion nor were we offered a desert menu. A little disappointed Ancora on that one.

I wondered if it was because they were busy? While I would return for dinner, not sure I would rely on the hosting/reservation staff to make sure the waitress was advised.

Louis

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I found the mista salad very ordinary. Had the mushroom ravioli. It was just o.k. Did not have dessert, but had decaf coffee which was very good.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Most authentic Italian in the valley!!! Never disappoints!!! Great service!!! Be sure to make a reservation on weekends!!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

One of our favorite restaurant and very close to our home. Wonderful Italian cuisine and a most warm host that treats all like members of the family. Thank you Fabrizio. We have known Fabrizio for over 30 years and had many memorable occasions at Ancora.
On this visit, my wife enjoyed the Chicken Milanese and I enjoyed the special pasta Pappradelli with chicken and sundried tomatoes in a cream sauce. We also shared a delicious Caesar salad. Not for the diet conscious but a delicious treat. We'll be back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Charming room with very gracious, attentive service. The food was excellent and the wine was lovely. A very relaxing, enjoyable meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We LOVE this little gem. The food is always consistent and delicious! The staff are friendly and will accommodate changes readily. The wine is fabulous and they are wonderful with kids. We have been twice in 8 days!!!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

They have very tasty foods with good service & are affordable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent neighborhood Italian restaurant. Food is always good. It was a bit noisy on Friday evening.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

A nice find in the valley. Good food, very generous portions. Service is excellent. It's a good place for big parties.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Lovely waitstaff. Amazing food! I never know what to order cause I only have one stomach! Took my folks and they were in love. They have great pizza for my son. So excited to find a new family dinner spot. Great place!

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

This is a friendly authsentic Italian restaurant and the food and service were first rate.

The fare is pricey.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Good service and delicious food. The chicken, pasta, fish, calamari and wine were so good!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Good and friendly service through out the meal. Best gnocchi!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

I go to Ancora for many years and every time I go back the food is always delicious Nicole is the best love to sit at her tables I love to bring my friends and they are always happy o have eaten at Ancora debbie

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food and service was exceptional. Our waitress made sure our food was prepared exactly as we had requested.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent food and service. Great place. The food was authentic.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Service was really bad; not enough help and we waited almost 20 minutes to get water. Pasta not cooked sufficiently- so disappointed; we've enjoyed Ancora in the past.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Packed house gave high expectations. Tables packed really close together. Short on staff. Non existent waiting area, with no host(ess). Food very mediocre but not cheap. Huge disappointment.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We love everything about Ancora!!! We go as often as we can. Very authentic food, great service!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was outstanding! And the waitresses were great and friendly. We had the eggplant parmigiana as an appetizer. Great! But then I had the pumpkin ravioli with I think a walnut sauce. Absolutely fantastic. My knees may have buckled. Such a great flavor and the raviolis freshly made and thin and cooked to perfection. Couldn't be happier! We were celebrating my birthday and the owner came over at the end of the meal with a complimentary slice of cheese cake with a lit candle. Just a beautiful end to a beautiful meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 16, 2017

It was our first time at Ancora. The restaurant is nice not too large. and everyone very friendly. Good menus choices and very affordable. The food was very good, fresh, nice portions. There was a very large group of people with their children next to us. They were all extremely loud and abnoxios, the kids were screaming, parents did not attempt to quite them down. In short I could not enjoy my dinner and conversation with my family and got a terrible headache. Even the table in back of us also made a comment about how loud the kids were. Suggestion, they should close the restaurant for large parties, given the size of the premises. I would try it again in hopes that I can really experience the food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was not as good as previous visits. We brought a couple here for the first time and they were disappointed. I felt so bad watching them add basaltic vinegar and salt to the burrata salad to try to extract some flavor from the bland salad. The pasta was good, but the fish was bland and flavorless.

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·Dined on July 2, 2017

Solid. Good food, friendly helpful service, nice wine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 1, 2017

Authentic Italian cuisine, which is so hard to find in the Valley! Great pasta and pizza!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on July 1, 2017

We had gone to Ancora Cucina (under a different name) for years and when owners sold, we even went to their new restaurant on 3rd off of La Cienega several times and turned may of our friends onto the restaurant. We were so happy when we heard they were back in their old location in the valley. We had a 6:45 reservation. We usually eat later; and this time we noticed the dated decor, maybe a redo to this century would be in order. There were very few tables occupied when we got there. Ordered our two favorite salads; one with arugula, artichoke hearts and shaved Parmesan. of arugula, A plate of arugula but a DUSTING of artichoke hearts and cheese, most restaurants serve you much more cheese and artichoke.. For our main course we order veal and a fish dish, and waited close to 40 minutes before our food was served, although several tables who got there after us were done and we hadn't even gotten our food! The waitress kept on apologizing, and then sort of avoided us, at one point she asked if we would like to speak to the owner and we said by all means. Someone else finally came over and listened and said he would send the owner over. The owner walked by our table at least 4 times and didn't stop. When he finally did, he was curt and rude and never apologized, he tried to blame the lateness with our main course on the fact it was Saturday night and busy, but when we pointed out other people who came in after us hand already finished, he replied "that's the restaurant business. I then said all we wanted was an apology, things happen and he then said. "so now you are telling me what to say ?" Obviously this man has to be right and he/the restaurant was taking no blame.
Overall a bad experience from a once reliable host; I would recommend others to try Panzanella in Sherman Oaks for about the same price and see what a true Italian dining experience is.

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·Dined on July 1, 2017

Always great food. Very busy. So service a little slow, but staff is always friendly.

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·Dined on June 30, 2017

Second and last time for this restaurant. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce extremely forgettable. Pasta dish with shrimp and muscles DRY, DRY DRY. I took 3 bites of the spaghetti and I was done. My husband and I agreed if we were starving and standing in front of this restaurant, we would walk on by.

We truly wish we could find just one Italian restaurant the was reasonably priced with good food in the Valley, or for that matter, any reasonably price restaurant anywhere!

Save your money and skip this restaurant.

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vip
·Dined on June 23, 2017

Very good food but service could be better. Seemed understaffed. Asked if I wanted an ice bucket for my wine or if I wanted cheese on my pasta. Answered "yes" to both; neither came.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on June 21, 2017

My friends and I drove over an hour to get to this restaurant, looking forward to celebrating a birthday for one of the 5 of us. We asked the server to take a group picture of us and she looked very annoyed at the request. She took 4 pictures of us getting ready to pose since 3 had to stand up behind 2 sitting down (one of us is handicapped). The pictures were not posed, we were not ready. When we noticed that not one picture was acceptable we asked if she could take one more picture after we are ready, she grunted and looked very angry, took the picture and walked off. This set the tone of the evening for us, we have never experienced this kind of rudeness in over 25 years of getting together to celebrate a special occasion. The food was average. The atmosphere is plain, not elegant, too light and just not very appealing.

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·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great food but extremely loud noise level. We couldn't hear our friends comments. Conversation was extremely ifficult!

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·Dined on June 17, 2017

Delicious Italian cuisine! Especially loved their summer salad and their chicken Marsala!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Authentic
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·Dined on June 15, 2017

Wonderful fresh and innovative dishes from appetizers to desserts this restaurant is great. The staff is attentive and can help out with special dietary needs. Highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on June 7, 2017

Graduation

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·Dined on June 3, 2017

Maybe it was an off night, but the wait staff seemed very hassled and our waitress forgot to put in our order. They were apologetic and compensated us in the end. The food is very good and I'll give the the benefit and try again.

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·Dined on June 2, 2017

Not bad for dinner. Homemade pasta ravioli and great sauces

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on June 2, 2017

I had been yearning for pasta and I must say that the Seafood Pasta was to die for. I was concerned about seafood in a red sauce, but man, the sauce was light and perfect. Good Job Guys!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
·Dined on May 31, 2017

Always great

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on May 30, 2017

We arrived on time for our noon reservation. There was no other customers there, and there was no host. We waited and finally seated ourselves. Finally the cook or busboy came out and offered us water and told us the waiter would arrive. It probably took about 20 minutes for the server, who I think was one of the owners came, took our order. Took quite a while to get the wine we asked for. We would never go back. Food was okay

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