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Reviewed May 6, 2022 via mobile

Hit their at request of family, who’ve been patrons of Ancona for quite some time. Table for 6, great food, ambiance and staff. BYOB, but that’s ok, probably saved us a few bucks by going somewhere not killing us on wine prices. I can see...why it’s so popular with my family. Side note, 45 years or so ago I always had lunch in this building after summer swim lessons, when it was a Stewart’s Drive In. I miss those days but it’s nice to see what they’ve done with the place since then. 😉More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2020 via mobile

Great choice for a group dinner. Had a delicious meal under a tent during a rainstorm. Pasta with vodka sauce, salad, choice of chicken, cod, salmon, or veal for main course. Tiramisu and cheesecake to finish.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 27, 2020

We have been going to Ancona since it opened! We love Tommy and his food is always consistent and delicious! We’ve had almost everything on his menu and have never been disappointed! Some of our favorites are fried calamari, spinach ravioli, ancona rigatoni and his...chicken parm. It’s a BYOB so bring your favorite bottle or cocktail! Tommy treats you like family. Give him a shot you won’t regret it.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 24, 2020

Their outdoor seating is comfortable even they are on the corner of two somewhat busy streets. Tom the owner is usually around to meet and greet and the seating was immediate. The menu is pleasing with the Pappardelle pasta ($26.95) very fresh and their Flounder...Françoise ($26.95 as well) moist and satisfying. This BYOB restaurant has very attentive service staff the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. They observe the distancing and wearing of mask rules.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

Good food, good service! Never disappoints. Plan to visit alone, or with friends; you are always treated like a welcomed guest and are never rushed! The pastas are made on premises and are delicious.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

Ate at Ancona bistro in the last week and had the cappellini, which was not very tasty and also very small portion and a little on the high end of expense. Staff very pleasant very helpful, Restaurant great ambience, good location. Could’ve been just a...bad night.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 29, 2019 via mobile

Hard to find a better place to eat Spotted in a corner place, easy to acces from 2 sides of the road.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 17, 2019

Came here on Father's Day and really enjoyed it. Food was great. Not expecting brunzini this good in middle of New Jersey. The salad was fresh and pasta was cooked perfect. Kids loved the calamari and chicken dishes. Dessert was spot on, great gelato...and service...was really good, considering the place was packed. Only point to know ahead of time that it is BYOB. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for here .More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 10, 2019

Ancona is a consistently good BYOB. We went for dinner but lunch is a great deal. We chose to eat inside but the weather ws ideal for outdoor dining.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 14, 2019

We eat here occasionally, and the food is always fantastic. No matter what we order, it is always cooked to perfection. The portions are large, and the presentation is lovely. The service is the best - everyone working here is so pleasant and friendly. The...desserts are also terrific...no matter what we order. A truly wonderful dining experience. Looking forward to eating here again and again!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 4, 2019

First time here...brought there by friends for lunch. Greeted warmly.... noted it to be clean, light and cheerful. A relatively quiet place, Excellent choices for lunch, reasonable prices. Service was excellent and we never felt as if we rushed to leave. I started with eggplant...rollatini with a fabulous red sauce. The crab cake looked great. I had chicken anacona as a main course..chicken with eggplant, roasted peppers and goat cheese...simply delicious. My wife enjoyed her vegetable soup and the pasta fagioli looked wonderful. Excellent choice of deserts and great coffee. I am certainly coming back.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 28, 2019

We have been going to this restaurant regularly for years..I actually celebrated my 60th birthday here. The food is wonderful and the staff welcomes us like family. They are extremely accommodating, their goal is to make you happy! It is an adorable little place that...can get quite busy so make reservations to be sure to get a table.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

We really enjoyed our first visit to the Ancona Bistro. You feel like you’re dining in someone’s home. The seating could be a little tight, but the noise level is low. The chicken parm was very good and the rigatoni Ancona (with sweet sausage and...peas in a pink sauce) was excellent. BYOB, parking on site and reasonably priced. There appeared to be outdoor seating for when the weather is good.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

Like many of this restaurant’s clientele, we’ve been frequenting Ancona since day one. This is the way a restaurant is meant to be. Service excellent. Food tops. If you are tired of noisy, over the top boisterous places, where you can’t hold a normal conversation,...this is the place for you. Quiet, polite, civil. The food is so good, making a selection is difficult.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

This family run restaurant has wonderful service and the management truly makes you feel welcome and at home. They have a nice home cooking style and especially good are the short ribs with risotto, the asparagus salad, the chicken ancona, and the vegetables are very...well prepared. I had sautéed broccoli as a side and was thrilled with it.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Ancona Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4