What to Eat at Ancora’s New Pasta Bar

Ron Galella
Ron Galella Photo: Patrick McMullan

If paintings of John Stamos aren’t your style, rest assured that a new Italian joint will have the likes of Sophia Loren on its walls. Tony Fantastico is opening up the ground floor of his subterranean Stone Street eatery Ancora (heretofore used mostly for private parties) and calling it Pasta Bar. The annex will be decorated with prints by photographer Ron Galella, who, along with fellow pap Patrick McMullan, will host a party ahead of the September 22 opening. As the name implies, the 60-seat venue will be more casual, with a freestanding bar and a menu of small plates, which you can read below.

Mozzarella Carozza — fresh buffalo milk mozzarella mini “sandwiches” lightly sautéed and served warm 9
Fried Calamari 9
Panzanella Salad — traditional bread-and-tomato salad 7
Vongole Oreganate — lightly breaded and baked clams 9
Mozzarella di Bufula alla Caprese — buffalo milk mozzarella with tomatoes and basil 9
Smoked Salmon 9
Carpaccio di Manzo — thinly sliced filet mignon carpaccio over arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano 9
Prosciutto and Melon 9
Funghi e Carciofini — baby artichokes and mushrooms in olive oil and garlic 8
Cozze in Brodetto — mussels in a garlic, herb, and white-wine sauce 10
Grilled Chicken over Caesar Salad 17.95
Cavatelli Primavera — homemade cavatelli with fresh vegetables 14
Penne with Mozzarella — fresh tomato, garlic, basil, chopped mozzarella 14
Rigatoni Bolognese — rigatoni in a hearty Bolognese sauce 14
Trenette al Pesto con Fagiolini e Patate — trenette with pesto, string beans, and potatoes 15
Ravioli of the Day 19
Three-Color Pasta — choose any three pastas on our menu and enjoy a tasting trio 12.95
Risotto con Funghi Porcini — risotto with porcini mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano 19
Pollo Etna — chicken over Holland and cherry peppers reduced in balsamic and Cognac 15
Pollo Scarpariello — “bone-in” chicken sautéed in a savory white-wine sauce 15
Veal Scaloppine Marsala — thin veal cutlets in a Marsala sauce 16
Salmon Picata — wild salmon fillet in a lemon-herb sauce 23
Desserts 6
Fruit 8
Coffees 3

Pasta Bar at Ancora, 11 Stone St., nr. Broad St.; 212-480-3880

What to Eat at Ancora’s New Pasta Bar