L'inizio
L'inizio

L'inizio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.liniziony.com/
  • Phone: (914) 693-5400
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
L'inizio reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (103)neighborhood gem (100)special occasion (31)romantic (27)notable wine list (24)great for brunch (19)hot spot (18)good for groups (15)great for lunch (8)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • The best restaurant in the area.
    Armand
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food and service are top notch. Can get noisy. Don't miss the bread sticks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Ardsley
    AstronginVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is my second visit to L'inizio and I really enjoyed the food. We had to wait a bit for our table, but once seated, the service was excellent. The menu is very inventive, although a bit limited, I would prefer more fish selections and/or fish with pasta selections. Having said that, me and my dinner companions really enjoyed our meals. The desserts are also very inventive and excellent. We had the doughnuts which I highly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geebee
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Portions were small, no premium brands at the bar and place is so small service was difficult. Probably would be better when not so busy ( restaurant week )
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely dinner
    HappyCustomerVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was our second visit to L'inizio. It was very crowded (due to it being restaurant week) but we did not feel rushed at all. In fact, the service was terrific. In addition to what one would expect from a head waiter, the gentleman who bussed our table was constantly asking us how everything was and if he could get us anything. So, bravo to the staff. We ordered from the special menu and enjoyed everything we ate. The fish was incredibly fresh, moist, and well-prepared and the desserts were delicious. We look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jean
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Excellent service. So friendly and efficient. Interesting menu with several good options for restaurant week, too. Both my husband and I found the food to be a bit too spicy. Many dishes were heavy handed with crushed red pepper. Wines were a good value and desserts are delicious. I would go back but choose more carefully. When we offered this comment, our server offered a complimentary wine. That was a nice touch and appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small restaurant--big flavors
    maven1VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Went for restaurant week. Tow of us had the mozzerella and two had the salad. Both were delicious. Again two had the lamb and two had the chicken. Chicken was very good--lamb was great. Dessert was a date bread pudding scruptious. We asked for fruit (I'm diabetic) anf the restaurant obliged. Altogether a lovely dinner and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Gem
    Dinewell
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We had a great evening here. Started with a great old fashion ( have not had one in years). The aruga salad was excellent, followed by chicken and a well cooked lamb shank. Dessert was also good, especially the fig cake. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost its Way
    Live4FoodVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We've been to L'Inzio at least 3 times in the past and the food was delicious. We've even recommended it to friends who had since visited as well. However, last night it seemed like the kitchen staff and chef were swapped out with that from a first year cooking school. Our lamb shanks came out cold and dry. The dishes did not come out as described. The "shuffle tart" was just a little chocolate pudding pie. Unfortunately, we will not be returning again. Too many other choices out there. I will say though that the service still remained good.
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  • Simply Amazing!
    StefaniaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    If you have not been here yet, you must make your reservation right away! The food was absolutely delicious! Our waitress was very attentive without being intrusive. The wife/owner was very sweet and welcoming! My mouth is till watering for the Italian Doughnuts and Date Pudding cake! I cannot wait to come back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find
    ChefsTipVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Husband wife duo amazing. http://food.lohudblogs.com/2014/11/09/hvrw-fall-2014-linizio-in-ardsley-a-return-visit/ Here is formal review. Terrific food and desserts very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thetrier
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really enjoyed everything. They were in keeping with the spirit of Restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vincent z
    ZEKE3350VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    we were more than pleasantly surprised with our first visit. From the tasty thin bread sticks coated with spices and cheese to the desert of Italian doughnuts the food was terrific. we availed ourselves of the restaurant week menu and had the braised veal shank that was so tender you didn't need a fork to cut it. the service was excellent and well versed in the food and wine.Our server recommended a white wine for my wife that she thoroughly enjoyed. the place is cozy and divided into two small rooms with a small bar separating the two areas. we definitely will be coming back to order from the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not return
    Luvstoteavel
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Allowing for the fact that it was Restaurant week, the staff was totally unprepared. Waited an hour for our appetizers then the dessert came when we still had our entree. We were never asked if we wanted coffee. I felt sorry for our server. Kept apologizing for the kitchen being backed up.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • L'INIZIO
    BLONDE39BRUNETTE11
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    WE HAD A SUPER DINNER DURING RESTAURANT WEEK. THE MENU WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD. OUR SERVER, MATTHEW BERK (WE ASKED) WAS SUPER ATTENTIVE AND KNOWLEGEABLE ABOUT THE MENU AND WINE LIST. WE WILL RETURN AGAIN TO SAMPLE OTHER OFFERINGS FROM YOUR CREATIVE MENU. ALSO, THE OTHER ASSISTANT SERVERS COULD NOT HAVE OFFERED BETTER SERVICE, WATER, BREAD, CLEARING. GREAT NIGHT OUT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time, worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Italian that is light on its feet and delicious, fit for foodies. Very spicy margarita that is five bucks during happy hour. Nice mix of young (including kids) and old, acoustics I thought fine actually despite NYT review. Tues is 1/2 of wine under 100$.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Possibly best New Italian
    sybil
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Heard about this place and knew it was a well kept secret but never imagined it to be SO GOOD ! We scored a quiet table in the rear dining room, with our friends, which really helps insure a relaxed time. The staff is stupendous and don't think I will ever forget my plate of pasta............best in the county hands down. This is pretty close to a perfect restaurant and the owners are caring, attentive and charming........... Reserve at once .......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The beginning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It's name in Italian fits this relaxed, enjoyable eating establishment. The food was very good, at times great. The service was very good at times downright friendly. We spoke to one of the owners who came around a number of times and made you feel right at home. I found it to be a neat place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    Mythinking
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our family of 5 celebrated my Mom's 92nd birthday at a most delightful Brunch! Started with a nice bloody mary (or a mimosa).... very tasty salads (mine was an arugula mix with shaved egg) and various seconds- ( the Chef accommodated my gluten free diet by changing the pasta to polenta with awesome sauce of white beans, calamari and fresh tomatoes)! Our very attentive server recommended a terrific red wine... and we finished with amazing deserts--(flourless chocolate cake! again GF!) was - well amazing. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A welcome addition to Ardsley
    HarrisVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was wonderful, service was rushed and fawning, and the noise made conversation impossible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • newandinteresting
    newandinteresting
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were very pleased with our overall experience. Everyone involved was notable. Even the bar tender came over to check with us. The food was excellent and we would definitely return. The vibe was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Have been here 3 times. The food is consistently excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great just got better!
    WheredayawannaeatVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Another enjoyable evening at this inventive restaurant owned and staffed by some great people. In addition to the existing menu and creative specials, gluten free desserts have been added to the dessert menu. We tried both new additions and they were outstanding! A must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major disappointment
    ShirlVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Waited for months to get a reservation after reading and hearing such great reviews about this restaurant. It did not in any way meet our expectations or deserve the hype it's been getting. Our waitress of totally inept and clueless not to mention that we had to repeatedly request things. It's possible they are just short staffed, but either way the service was awful. The food was just okay and I would not recommend or go back. The hostess was lovely. Sadly, that is the only good thing I can say about L'inizio.
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  • hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We love L'inizio. The food is extremely inventive and beautifully prepared. The chef uses only the finest and freshest ingredients and his skill with seasonal ingredients is amazing. His wife is the pastry chef and she is equally skilled. Seating is tight, and it's a little noisy, but totally worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Screaming Italian
    ACR225
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Friday night reservation. Full house. Staff adequate for patron count. Food served timely, inventive prep, nice presentation of quality offerings. Deafeningly loud with clients screaming to be heard. Stick to a weekday meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    plbuttercup
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were delighted with the fresh, local fare. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was our first experience and it was wonderful. From the apps through desert each bite was delicious. Executive Chef Scott creates a uniquely fresh, seasonal menu. The entire staff was warm and attentive. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    luvcake
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I always look forward to dinner when I come to L'inizio. The staff treats you like family and the food is outstanding. I recommend everything! From the fantastic salads to the scrumptious desserts, go! Go! GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    Never
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Base on reviews we were looking forward to dinning here. Unfortunately what we encountered was an over enthusiastic poorly trained wait staff. To just lost a few issues: waiting 10 minutes for drink order, server repeating special second time as he forgot he had done this already (at the time we were the only people sitting), food was not cooked properly, portions we decent size but main item within dish was sparse (ie crab risottojad very little crab). Service was rushed (46 minutes) to receive the check, and continued request to clear our plates when it was obvious we were still eating. In an attempt to address the issues after the meal with management, it was a patronizing experience. We will not be returning.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Fabulous, inventive dishes, freshest ingredients and amazing combinations of flavors. Delicious freshly made cocktails (Old Fashioned) and good value wines by the glass/
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    DDDDVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Dinner started off with a 25 minute delay after our 7:30pm reservation time. And the restaurant was hot, but fortunately, they sat us next to the emergency exit door, which I propped open. But after a little bit of a rough start, everything looked up from there. Our server, Joe, was a riot ... very personable and quite funny. We had some good laughs with him and our table of four. Food was very good if not excellent depending on the dish. Wine list has a lot to choose from, and all reasonably priced. With wine, appetizers, desert and coffee (and 20% gratuity), we paid $144 per couple. You can't beat the cost to value.... which is why I gave this 5 stars!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Already great and getting better!
    WheredayawannaeatVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We've enjoyed many meals here and the staff is delightful and accommodating. Food is wonderful. Requested gluten free dessert and was promised it would be on the menu next time we come! Can be loud but we were told by the owner that structural changes are in coming to fix that as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Louis
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I enjoy the entire eating at L'inzio, the appetizers and the entrees were excellent, nice size portions, the tastes and aroma were there. The wine selections with help from the staff were on the mark. The staff knew the wine and the food menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    queenofheartsVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I recently attended a private party in their back room. The service was remarkable. Every guest was raving about the food and the service. There is a beautiful barn door, which allows for privacy in a very intimate setting. I highly recommend L'inizio for a small gathering or special occasion. You and your guests will feel like they are at a dinner party in your own home, L'inizio is that warm and inviting and perfect for your next event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to maintain excellence
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Handling the crowds with ease and no degredation in quality of food or service since opening and becoming more popular. Specials really continue to be unique and pasta the best in Westchester.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RaymondVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Prices are very high compared to overall services, location and decor
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  • upscale italian
    hln1012VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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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.
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  • MicheleT
    MicheleT
    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.