I was looking for a good seafood place and found it. Don't rely on the outside look of this restaurant (otherwise you'll never go!) but push up two floors on the staircase to reach an agreeably and warmly decorated restaurant. The seafood is awesome and the Mandracchio raw plate I particularly recommend! Add a little (very) reasonably priced Verdicchio to the equation and you have an all round great experience. There are also lots of books on Italian food and the story of Ancona and its port to peruse. Great place!
If you're looking for a wonderful meal of fresh fish prepared to perfection and want to stay in Ancona rather than venturing to one of the nearby seaside towns, then this is the place. Year round Mandracchio serves local dishes made with a little creativity and lots of love for top quality ingredients. I'd eat one of their antipasti and then choose to either enjoy a pasta dish or go directly to an entree-- but that's because I want to leave room to enjoy one of their homemade desserts! Portions of all their dishes are generous. They offer an excellent selection of local wines that are available by the bottle or the glass. Considering the quality of the dishes, it's good value for money.
Mariano, the Chef, is one of the most talented Italian cooks, and under his direction this restaurant is now the best you can find in Ancona, and one of the top 10 you can find in Le Marche region.
Really famous food shop! The only downside is that there is a charge for the water ~~~