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Ancora Italian Kitchen, Bridgton, ME

Ancora Italian Kitchen

4.8
4.8
54 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Ancora accepts reservations for the dining room, however the bar and the outdoor seating are operating on a first-come first-serve basis.

Ancora is a family owned and operated full-service Italian restaurant in the lakeside town of Bridgton, Maine. We offer local drafts, craft cocktails, a boutique Italian wine list featuring one of Maine's best Amaro lists, and of course- fresh handmade pastas and entrees of a classic Italian approach. Chef Eric Metcalf changes the menu with the season, and our ever-changing desserts are created nightly. Paying special mind to what the local harvests can supply, we always allow Maine farms to shine through first and foremost.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 803-8331

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Eric Metcalf

  • Catering

    Banquet or Buffet, email Christian@vivomaine.com to hear about our off-site catering options!

  • Private party facilities

    We offer multiple spaces for hosting private events. Please contact Christian@vivomaine.com to inquire about our options.

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Depot Street Stop on the Lake Region Explorer

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Starters + Salads

  • Crisp Calamari$12.00

    garlic, pickled cherry peppers

    • Burrata$12.00

      eggplant, roasted tomato, garlic

      • Meatballs + Marinara$11.00

        ricotta, marinara

        • Arancini$10.00

          risotto, herbs, mozzarella

          • Classic Caesar*$10.00

            kale, romaine, white anchovies

            • Salt Roasted Beet Salad$12.00

              bayley hazen, blue cheese, pistachio, red wine vinaigrette

              Pasta

              • Spaghetti + Meatballs$19.00

                marinara, parmesan

                • Gemelli Mercado$23.00

                  wood-fired vegetables, pecorino

                  • Agnolotti$22.00

                    lemon-ricotta, local mushrooms, guanciale, kale

                    • Tagliatelle Bolognese$25.00

                      sicilian style sauce, veal, pork and beef

                      • Chicken Parmesan$23.00

                        spaghetti and marinara, fresh mozzarella

                        • Frutti di Mare$26.00

                          maine sea scallops, mussels, shrimp, marinara, tagliatelle

                          Entrees

                          • Pork Osso Buco$25.00

                            gremolata, marrow stock, cannellini beans

                            • Lemon + Herb Brick Chicken$24.00

                              rosemary, garlic-mustard marinated, fingerling potatoes

                              • Butcher's Cut

                                daily preparation

                                • MKT
                              • Local Fish

                                daily preparation

                                • MKT

                              Wood-Fired Pizza

                              • Basilare$16.00

                                wood-fired, marinated tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil

                                • No Baci$19.00

                                  sausage, bayley hazen blue cheese, pickled cherry peppers, oregano, marinara

                                  • Erbivore$17.00

                                    fresh ricotta, kale, fried capers, marinated tomatoes, white balsamic

                                    • Spezi$18.00

                                      soppressata fried rosemary, shallot infused olive oil, marinara

                                      • Funghi$17.00

                                        local mushrooms, shallot confit, thyme and porcini sea salt, garlic cream

                                        Shareable Sides

                                        $6

                                        • Cannellini Beans

                                          sage, tomato

                                          • Roasted Potatoes

                                            garlic

                                            • Wood-Fired Vegetables

                                              daily preparation

                                              • Bruschetta

                                                garlic, olive oil, mozzarella

                                                Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                What 54 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                4.8
                                                4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                • 4.8Food
                                                • 4.8Service
                                                • 4.7Ambience
                                                • 4.6Value

                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                • Maine

                                                  Best Value

                                                • Maine

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                                                1. M

                                                  Motherof4

                                                  New England

                                                  57 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  57 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                  We went to Ancora for a pre-Mother’s Day celebration. It did not disappoint. I had the burnt orange Manhattan to start and it was a delightful twist on the standard drink in keeping with the creative cocktails that Ancora always provides. Then dinner – just amazing! My mother and her companion had saffron risotto which had enormous scallops, shrimp, and mussels. They said it was amazing. I had the lobster special which was chunks of lobster in a cream sauce with corn and I can’t even tell you what else I’m tagliatelle, and it was so incredibly delicious! We had no room for dessert, but we really didn’t need it.

                                                2. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great food and cozy atmosphere. Service was excellent!

                                                3. FB

                                                  FredB

                                                  Baltimore

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Our experience was outstanding in every aspect!!! Plan to return gain and again.

                                                4. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Denver

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Our server was lovely, our pasta dishes were unique and delicious and the cocktails were excellent.

                                                5. MP

                                                  MariaP

                                                  Atlanta

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I really enjoyed Ancora. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was really nice and relaxed. The service was perfect!!

                                                6. PD

                                                  PattyD

                                                  New England

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We enjoyed our dinner! Look foward to returning again!

                                                7. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great experience, food was excellent. Waitstaff had great energy and were kind, never felt rushed or uncomfortable. Tables are spaced out perfect so the noise is minimal making conversation easier. Highly recommend.

                                                8. JM

                                                  JamesM

                                                  New England

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent food, service and atmosphere. One of our favorites in Bridgeton.

                                                9. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Wonderful atmosphere, great food and service. Small town feel, with a sophisticated menu found in more urban restaurants. A surprise for a long awaited dinner date night. Very special! Will be back.

                                                10. t

                                                  tuniesdine

                                                  New England

                                                  42 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  42 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                  A real pleasure- the staff and food were fantastic- welcoming and efficient. We all enjoyed our shared appetizers and mains. The pizza was really good, seafood risotto excellent and chicken saltibocco great- chicken was perfect- only disappointment was the veggies were a bit cold. We will be back and highly recommend this gem in Bridgeton.

                                                11. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 9, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  My first time here as I was visiting my children. I was so pleasantly surprised at the ambiance and quality of food. This will definitely be my go to place whenever I’m in the area. Kudos to you!

                                                12. MF

                                                  MarianneF

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Great food and excellent service. Would highly recommend

                                                13. KB

                                                  KelliB

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 3, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Their food is ridiculous! We went and got the dollar oysters during happy hour and then had a Cesar, calamari and then split the herbivore pizza. Everything was amazing and service was awesome!

                                                14. r

                                                  rleask

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 16, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                  The food was delicious. It was hard to decide what to order because despite a small menu, everything sounded outstanding. I ordered the duck pasta dish and my partner ordered the seafood risotto. It was an amazing meal. One of the best we’ve eaten out in awhile!

                                                15. J

                                                  Jessi

                                                  New England

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 13, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We enjoyed a good meal with good friends, on a quiet January evening mid-week. The smoked oysters were delicious, as was the saffron risotto. Our friend enjoyed the evening specials. Hats off to Chef Eric & his team.

                                                16. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 13, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                  Food was delicious and table spacing recognized that we are in a pandemic. Waitress wore mask. Much appreciated!

                                                17. A

                                                  Andy

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great for for a small town venue. Prices were fair. Be patient, staff works hard.

                                                18. GH

                                                  GeorgeH

                                                  New England

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Homemade gemelli with garlic, broccoli rabe, sausage and Calabrian chile. One of the best things I’ve had in a while. Ancora is a lake region gem.

                                                19. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on December 22, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Terrific service, great food & great atmosphere. What else can you ask for?

                                                20. CH

                                                  CindyH

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on December 22, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  It was our first time here. The service was excellent as well as the atmosphere. The food was delicious as well was the wine that we shared with dinner. We would highly recommend Ancora to anyone!!

                                                21. SM

                                                  SeanM

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Food is always excellent! The meatball appetizer with the most delectable ball of ricotta cheese was the star of the evening.

                                                22. MA

                                                  MattA

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on December 16, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent food, great menu selection, friendly service, I will definitely be back!

                                                23. M

                                                  Maine386

                                                  New England

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on December 16, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Always fantastic. Love this place. Food is excellent and service is excellent. Well spaced tables. Keep up the good work. We will be back.

                                                24. R

                                                  Redgute

                                                  Denver

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on December 10, 2021

                                                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                  The ambience and decor were welcoming as was the host. The experience was almost going to be perfect. Unfortunately, in an effort to be heard above the crowd our server, upon greeting us, pulled her down when she spoke at the table. I politely interrupted her and asked her to please refrain from pulling her mask down under her chin when she was speaking to us at the table. She was clearly unhappy with me and made our experience very unpleasant. I am disappointed in the behavior she displayed for a polite, and legitimate request for professional behavior and her keep her face covered while serving us during the pandemic. The rest of our dinner was icy from our server. She was very curt and suprisingly loud when she interacted with us. She would quickly turn away and finish talking in the other direction with her back to the table. The food was good and we got exactly what we ordered and the bill was acceptable and the other staff were very friendly. The duck was fantastic, the fire roasted vegetables were so delicious, and they were really good together!

                                                25. LW

                                                  LarryW

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on November 27, 2021

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  Good food, nice atmosphere and excellent service.

                                                26. GH

                                                  GeorgeH

                                                  New England

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on November 19, 2021

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  Love the restaurant and the staff. My only ask is maybe to switch up the pasta menu a bit more.

                                                27. JM

                                                  JennyfromMaine

                                                  Washington DC

                                                  64 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  64 reviews

                                                  Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  This is the first time we’ve been back since 2019. It was perfect. We had Sophia waiting on us . The food and acoustics and atmosphere were great at helping us celebrate our birthday dinner.

                                                28. KC

                                                  KimC

                                                  New England

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Our first time to Ancora and we were not disappointed! Reservation was ready when we arrived. Cocktails were great. Bead before dinner was amazing. Main courses were delicious and desert was so good. What a gem in Bridgton! We will be back for another date night!

                                                29. SG

                                                  SheriG

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on October 28, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Tables are nicely spaced apart. The service and food were both wonderful.

                                                30. MC

                                                  MikeC

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on October 16, 2021

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Disappointed that the prime rib was not available. My meal was okay but could have been hotter

                                                31. CT

                                                  CherylT

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on October 16, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Four of us, who had never been to Ancora, dined there Sat. night. The moment we walked in we all felt our blood pressure just drop. It is such a peaceful, serene and welcoming atmosphere, filled with amazing aromas and jazz...nice, soft jazz at just the right volume. The staff was knowledgeable, attentive and offered good advice. The martinis were perfect (so each had to have two) and the food, well, that was perfect, as well. Everything was so fresh, wonderfully prepared and the flavors just popped when they needed to pop and blended when they needed to blend. We look forward to coming back soon! Thank you all! Bravo!

                                                32. J

                                                  Julie

                                                  New England

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on October 14, 2021

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                  Alisha is a staple in this restaurant. Very good to have her again! I would prefer to have the rest rooms labeled as Men and Women or Ladies and Gents as they used to be. They are not clean any more with this format. Like that the tables are spaced. Would still go back again, just not as much as we used to.

                                                33. M

                                                  Metzie

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on October 14, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Always an amazing dining experience. The homemade pasta is perfection! Ancora’s is a hidden gem - so nice to have a local place to go without driving to Portland.

                                                34. M

                                                  8228Manor

                                                  New England

                                                  47 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  47 reviews

                                                  Dined on October 8, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  This was our 3rd or 4th visit this summer and we never get tired of the delicious menu, ambience and service. We've had Alicia several times as our wait-server, and she is excellent! We take friends who visit us in Maine and they, too, rave about the food. Please don't change a thing: Ancora is our "go-to" venue for a wonderful night out.

                                                35. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on October 1, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Cousins weekend with family

                                                36. AF

                                                  ArtF

                                                  Charlotte

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on September 30, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The food and Wine list are excellent. It's our favorite restaurant in the area. The challenge in obtaining a reservation is a testament to the quality of the restaurant. During the summer months and on weekends the rest of the year a reservation is highly recommended.

                                                37. s

                                                  sadi999

                                                  New England

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on September 30, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Start to finish our experience was fantastic and we would highly recommend eating here.

                                                38. JM

                                                  JaimeM

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on September 29, 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Highly recommend! The food, service, and ambiance was excellent.

                                                39. JB

                                                  JaneB

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on September 22, 2021

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  Party of four. We all enjoyed our meals. Service was excellent. Set up was good…appropriately distanced. Will come back to try the pizza. I must admit I was disappointed that the veal piccata was not offered as it was under prior ownership.

                                                40. BD

                                                  BillD

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on September 8, 2021

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                  Since the closing of Tom's Homestead, this seems to be the best restaurant in Bridgton. It started out a bit slow as the menu appears to be underwhelming at first glance. That first impression proved false, however, as the meal itself was terrific and very creative. Appetizers are good but nothing special. The "Beet Salad" could use a few more actual beets. The entre's were truly outstanding and creative. Wines byt the glass limited but thoughtfully chosen. Definitely worth a return visit!

                                                FAQs

                                                Ancora Italian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 803-8331.

                                                Ancora Italian Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                Google Map for Ancora Italian Kitchen

                                                18A Depot St Bridgton, ME 04009-1244

                                                Additional information

                                                • Neighborhood

                                                  Portland

                                                • Hours of operation

                                                  Dinner
                                                  Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
                                                  Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Casual Dining

                                                • Dress code

                                                  Smart Casual

                                                • Parking details

                                                  Public Lot

                                                • Public transit

                                                  Depot Street Stop on the Lake Region Explorer

                                                • Payment options

                                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Executive chef

                                                  Eric Metcalf

                                                • Additional

                                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                • Phone number

                                                  (207) 803-8331

                                                • Catering

                                                  Banquet or Buffet, email Christian@vivomaine.com to hear about our off-site catering options!

                                                • Private party facilities

                                                  We offer multiple spaces for hosting private events. Please contact Christian@vivomaine.com to inquire about our options.

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