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
98 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)neighborhood gem (73)special occasion (29)romantic (24)notable wine list (15)great for brunch (14)hot spot (10)good for groups (9)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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 2008
    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
    • Food
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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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    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
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.