L'inizio
L'inizio

L'inizio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.liniziony.com/
  • Phone: 9146935400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Tue/Wed/Thur
    5:30 to 10:00 pm
    Fri/Sat
    5:30 to 11:00 pm
    Brunch
    Sun
    11:30 to 3:30
    Dinner
    Sun
    5pm to 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Fratangelo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking also available in the lot next to the Century 21 building.
A word from L'inizio

We strive to use seasonal,local products and incorporate them into the Italian food we love so much.
We are located at 698 Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley, NY.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
L'inizio reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)neighborhood gem (79)special occasion (31)romantic (21)great for brunch (15)hot spot (10)notable wine list (9)good for groups (8)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • upscale italian
    hln1012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    i went for a b-day celebration. we really enjoyed the food. there was a mistake with an entree; they added grated parmesan cheese not knowing my friend doesn't like it. they immediately took it back, made a new one and apologized profusely. they also gave us desserts on them to make up for it. that was very nice. the server was very upbeat and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    BBQlover
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Found this restaurant to be just fair and overpriced for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MicheleT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The menu just keeps getting better and better every time. The heirloom tomato beet salad was delicious. Service was perfect as always and the special for wine on Tuesdays makes this a great place to go after a long day at work! The new dessert- pumpkin cheesecake with the brittle was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food here is fantastic! From start to finish the service was top notch. Looking forward to returning weekly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific find!
    JAM1VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I read reviews of this place and we were excited to try. Warm, very nice room. The staff was attentive and very pleasant. Food and drinks were also great. Can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucky Ardsley!
    rjh1VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    What a great restaurant! While I thought the Italian Kitchen, who occupied this space previously, was good-L'inizio has been a definite improvement! Every course was excellent though the highlight was the gnocci with rabbit. The service was friendly and attentive. I'll be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ardsley Occasion
    UsuallyHungryVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Really excellent food in our nondescript little town. Can be very noisy especially on a Saturday night, but the food makes it worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • leave room for dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband was licking his plate after the baked clams, and the pastas were fresh and perfect, but the desserts (we had the donuts and the chocolate tart) were out of this world. Don't fill up so much that you don't have room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    luvcake
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This neighborhood gem has me coming back for more. L'inizio in Italian means beginning and this restaurant is truly a new beginning of tastes and flavors. I would highly recommend to all. The desserts are also worth coming for. I'm hooked! The service and staff are friendly and make you feel right at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local gem
    Sharon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was inventive and wonderful. The service, from the warm greeting to the sincere good bye and hope you'll be back...was all wonderful. We enjoyed creative salads followed by interesting entrees. Even the special house cocktails were special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    rosee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went there for first time to try based on all the great reviews. The food was delicious and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food once again!
    ArdsleyFoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We love our neighborhood gem L'inizio. The staff is fabulous and Scott is a wonderful chef. Big thumbs up. Heartily recommend everyone in the area check it out! Make your reservations now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Restaurant
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    If I could rank L'inizio higher than "outstanding", I would! From the appetizers to the dessert, my friend and I had phenomenal food. The waiter was personable and made my friend feel special for her birthday celebration. I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    On Sunday 9/14 we had my daughter's baby shower in L'ínizios private room in the back. Having the shower at L'inizios did not disappoint. From the beginning, working with Barbara on menu selection and the various details was a pleasure. She guided me through all possible choices, made excellent suggestions and attended to all details the day of the shower. The restaurant and all the staff offered a warm and welcoming environment to our guests. Executive chef Scott is incredible. Everyone raved about their food. The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Barbara and the staff impeccably oversaw all details and made a beautiful occasion all the more joyous. L'inizios is a gem in Ardsley. The caliber and quality truly outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BernieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have eaten at this restarant several times since one of our Manhattan friends who eats out almost every night at some of the city's better and best restaurants told us that the food there was as good as any of the Manhattan Italian restaurants. Our most recent experience was dining with our family and their five year old son. They all loved the place as much as we did and were very impressed by the friendliness and hospitability of the staff. Our only hesitation about recommending it is that it might become so popular that it will be difficult to get a reservation there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Speedrazor
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Drinks and appetizers were great. Entrees were very good. Desserts were very good. Next time, we will just have appetizers and maybe share an entrée.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Italian
    Chappaqua5423VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Love L'Inizio! We've been several times and the food keeps getting better. Everything is farm to table fresh -- delicious ricotta with honey and grilled bread, fresh pasta with mushrooms, s'mores for dessert. Service is very attentive and, since it wasn't crowded on a Thursday night, we were able to sit and enjoy ourselves. Only criticism is that it gets very loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    mal84
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent food, homemade pasta and bread were the best we have had. Living within walking distance of L'inizio, my fiancé and I will certainly be frequent visitors. The restaurant is small but very nicely decorated; rustic, very clean. The waitress and also our waitress-in-training were very good, professional, very nice and made great, knowledgeable recommendations on dishes and drinks. The menu is not overwhelming with numerous options, although it was still hard to decide as everything sounded so good. There is something on the menu for everyone. Definitely a 5-star neighborhood gem. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Going Strong
    UsuallyHungryVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A welcome place in Ardsley after the collapse of Italian Kitchen. Excellent food in our quiet little town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and atmosphere
    EricG
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A bit loud, but the great food and wonderful owner make it a great night !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great find!
    SKSJ10
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Simply put: The best meal I have had in years. Every part of the meal from appetizers to desserts was unique, fresh, and just left you wanting more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local Italian
    Mom2C2
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner here on a Sunday night. It was quite busy but not too packed. Food was delicious - really good, modern Italian food. Service was a little too efficient - we had to ask for the mains to be slowed down. Our server did not give the impression of being super knowledgeable - wasn't aware that most people these days would like tuna not fully cooked! But overalls v pleasant and yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Karenm
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a really nice meal here, attentive service and the noise level was far quieter than most Rivertowns restaurants!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    jbear
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    So nice to finally have a neighborhood restaurant with truly exceptional food and service here in Westchester. Owners Scott and Heather who used to own Spigolo restaurant in NYC have brought there simple, modern and wonderful Italian fare to Ardsley. This a true small We had some incredibly tasty and interesting salads, pastas and fish last night and the flavors and textures were spot on. The kitchen sources top quality ingredients many from local farms and purveyors. We had an excellent fettucine with rabbit from John Fazio farm and a salad with tomato, melon and prosciutto. Prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of food they are serving. This is a must try!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • morrislaz
    morrislazVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Wonderful food, especially for foodies...My husband had the duck and I had fish. Desserts were great...had the donuts and blueberry crisp w/ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. way to noisy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our first time at L'inzio and the food is excellent. We also had a very reasonable ($28), and good bottle of Cabernet. We arrived a couple of minutes after our 7:30 reservation time and were seated in the front room. for the first half hour or so the noise level was OK but the room was not full at that point. By 8:15, however, we could not hear our waiter, even though he was standing right at our table. We had read in a review that noise is an issue at this restaurant, but figured, "how bad could it be?" Well, it's really loud. I hope they will do something creative with wall hangings or flooring that would help to alleviate the situation, because the food is so good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mmmm mmmm good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Wonderful! Food was delicious - (we had arugula salad with figs, grilled octopus, cavatelli and halibut) Love that you can get a small order of pasta! Service friendly, efficient and helpful. The only negative if there really is one is that it can be quite noisy - not a place for quiet conversation but who needs to talk when you are eating and savoring every morsel!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local
    sharonVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    we love this restaurant - the food is fantastic and the service is great. It is truly a neighborhood gem. the kale salad is a must as an appetizer. we had the branzino, which was a special, it was delicious. leave room for the doughnuts! we have been to this restaurant a number of times and it never fails!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    DisgruntledVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food and cocktails are wonderful. Fabulous dessert of chocolate tart. Service was casual but not overly so. We sat in the back room, which seemed less noisy than the front room. My only complaint is that the chairs are uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ace
    Armand
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Best new restaurant. Everything was just terrific. Don't miss the cheese cake. Prices were reasonable considering the high quality. Will go bacl often
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'inizio - find in Arsdley
    JvenesqVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Somewhat reluctant to review this restaurant. But I guess the word is already out; its an outstanding dining experience. . The pasta is as good as any pasta I have had in Italy and trust me i've eaten a lot of pasta in Italy . Main courses were also terrific. Staff is warm and make you feel at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Minor imperfections and Dessert?
    luv2enjoyfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The main part of the plates were excellent. It is the additions that were poor - burned cauliflower with my Duck which was excellent. The dessert was misnamed - Blueberry cobbler and not berry cobbler would be appropriate - being looking forward toward a very good meal, the dessert was a complete let down.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get here before the critics find it
    AdamG
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food and service are top notch. This was my second visit and it was as good as the first. The woman at the door was friendly and welcoming. My first meal there was a month ago and she recognized me and welcomed me back. The staff was knowledgeable and appropriately attentive. The cocktail specials were quite good and interesting. The chicken liver appetizer was great, and the duck was delicious, w one small criticism is the sauce for the duck while intentionally sweet was a bit oversweet for my taste.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Addition to Rivertowns
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We ate at L'inizio on a Tuesday night for an anniversary dinner. We took advantage of their half price wine night on Tuesdays bottles of wine are half price). Our server was attentive and sweet. We especially enjoyed the halibut, the pasta with wild mushrooms, and the bread pudding. We sat in the back room. We were pleased to see that the restaurant is attempting to control the noise issue (as anyone who has eaten in the Italian Kitchen space will recognize and as the NYTimes reviewer noted) by putting baffles on the ceiling.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • localyokel
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    From cocktails to appetizers to dessert -- overall a great surprise from this local gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We can't wait to go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our dinner was delicious! The service was excellent......the specials were amazing....dessert was to die for! This is a 5 star meal in a cozy neighborhood restaurant . The halibut was great and the homemade donuts are worth the calories! Even my cocktail was a treat! If you want a really special meal......this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Food Overwhelmed by Noise
    DisgruntledVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I think that my headline says it all. On a recent Saturday night, the noise level was absolutely painful. I could not hear my boyfriend, who was sitting about six inches away. Unfortunately, despite the great food and friendly staff, I could not recommend this restaurant to friends.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything we had was excellent. My new favorite place. I can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2X's a winner!
    Dewmom
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    2nd visit did not disappoint. Flavorful, well prepared and presented food. A light touch with garnishes and sauces. Great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in mid Westchester
    Chappaqua5423VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We absolutely love this restaurant. The food is great and the service, while a little slow, is friendly and accommodating. Fabulous pasta and fish and gelato is delightful. Only criticism is the parking is limited and the restaurant is very noisy. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic