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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
L'inizio reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 27, 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 (104)neighborhood gem (101)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
  • Amazing
    True2type
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Ate here for the first time on Fathers' Day and was super impressed. Staff were friendly and knowledgable and very kind to my kids. I'm still craving the Chicken Liver Crostini with Rhubarb compote. We eat at Batali's restaurant in Port Chester a lot and this was every bit as good. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising spot
    tells
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I did not know such well prepared food existed in Ardsley. I will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent but noisy local eatery
    Icook2
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The menu and execution were creative without being "precious" - nor were they different merely for the sake of being different. Every ingredient was well thought out and well placed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Everything was fabulous about L'inizio. Food is fantastic Fun, vibrant atmosphere. Great coctails too. its my new favorite place.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A neighborhood gem
    particularDinerLBVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Everything we tried was excellent, baked stuffed clams, pear salad. I had the duck and it was cooked to perfection. Food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just amazing
    Danu
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Once again, a unique and amazing meal. Every ingredient is perfection in this wonderful intimate restaurant, and we can not believe that it still gets better each time we come. The squid ink pasta with fresh peas and octopus was a standout. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'll be going back
    wilburbud2
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    L'inizio was recommended by a friend and was it ever a great recommendation! Everything we ate was excellent from the bread and olives to the spectacular pastas. Service was attentive and friendly. The whole family loved the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Westchester!
    ArdsleyFoodie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    And it's not that big of a trek for anyone wanting to come up from Manhattan to try some fabulous food! Scott and Heather are fabulous. I have gone there several times and have yet to taste anything that is less than perfect! The desserts are insane, and I usually NEVER have dessert when I eat out, but I always leave room for them when I go to L'inizio! I adore the Buckwheat Polenta, and the clams appetizer. The food varies with what is in season, and they are strong advocates of Farm to Table, which I believe in and live as I grew up next to a farm and earliest memories of eating my mom's meals made from food obtained at the local farm market. Oh, and let's not forget the great staff (Tim is great) and I love the special cocktails too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable
    Fabulous
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food is very good and the staff are all very friendly and willing to please. They make everyone feel as if they are their best customer. Quiet but not too quiet. Enjoyable, very good local Italian restaurant. Small so I would suggest reservations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner on Sunday June 1st
    Dilemma
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Better than expected. Great food and very cordial service. Will definitely visit again and highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy meeting you here
    musicdocVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A welcome addition to Ardsley, sophisticated, yet accessible Italian cuisine in a friendly and welcoming cozy space. Noise can be an issue when there's a crowd, but everyone is having such a good time with the hearty and creative menu that you won't notice. Dishes are well conceived and flavors truly "pop." Don't miss the cheesecake-in-a-jar dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deafening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Let's start with the fact that the food and the service is great, the welcome was warm and inviting....the decibel level in this restaurant was deafening. I was yelling at my companion and that was during the "quiet" times. i have been to smaller restaurants and to larger restaurants, where more people are in the same space, but i have never had a restaurant as loud as this...i was dissappointed because everything else was wonderful...but i won't yell to speak to a person less than two feet away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Service and food were both very good - was a pleasant find of a restaurant for us - will no doubt go again - well done to L'inizio !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Slowturtle
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had a loving evening. Food was excellent as well as the service. It was a bit noisy as the front room is small. But it was a good buzz. Wine by the glass is expensive...small pours. We will be back though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GiveusagoodpieceoffishVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We dine early and there was already a nice crowd. This was our first time at L'inizio and enjoyed our choices for both appetizers and entrees.
    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.
  • Neighborhood place
    LaneyVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food and service was quite good yet there was something that would not draw me back here. Although salad and entry were tasty, the food was "fussy" with "try to hard" combo of ingredients. Dinner, while good, was unsatisfying and left us wanting something!
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  • Excellent
    PJC245VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food and service! Home made pastas were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good. If only it were bigger!
    SuzeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We lamented the loss of Italian Kitchen but it's replacement is even better. The chef has a sure, light hand with marvelous flavors. I learned how to make potato gnocchi in Bologna and never thought I'd taste any as good in the US. Scott Fratangelo's are light, delicious with duck, green olives and Marcone almonds, a unique flavor combination. Our waitress was attentive and enthusiastic. Desserts are totally worth the calories. Now, space is the only problem with the restaurant. There is a narrow front room with limited table space and a larger and noisier back room. There bar area might possibly be expanded, but we watched 3 groups arrive without reservations only to be sadly turned away. So, make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfortable and charming
    sharpe200
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Comfortable ambience with good food. Interesting food combinations. Service tries hard.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Not your typical Italian restaurant. The food was fresh and light and even with a full restaurant, the service was quick and attentive. See you there again, soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place
    Mark
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had brunch and it was very nice. The french toast was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot!
    neenersVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was our first visit to L'Inizio. We had heard so much about the food and couldn't wait to try it. We were seated with our friends in the back room which many reviewers had said was so loud they had asked to be moved - while it was loud, i have to admit we really didn't mind. We'd rather have that than a place where you can hear a pin drop. And the food did not disappoint! The pastas were home made and deliciously prepared! We don't usually order dessert but we decided to try the cinnamon sugar bomboloni and the cheesecake - both great! They also had two special cocktails - a sweet pea martini and a 2 week aged manhattan. We tried both and they were delicious. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It is rare to find this level of expertise. The quality of ingredients, the imagination in each dish, the absolute care put into each course! The perfect preparation and presentation of the octopus was an art form! Where can you find rhubarb pie that is neither too sweet not too tart?
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • insbro
    insbroVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Westchester is so very lucky to have a restaurant of this quality. Scott Frantangelo creates the most delicious food and Heather his wife creates the most delicious desserts. The food at L'Inizio is fresh from the farm to your table. If you haven't tried the restaurant yet, you are missing some of the best food in the county!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary!
    EdSt
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    A wonderful addition to the Westchester restaurant scene. Beautiful, creative and delicious dishes from start to finish. The service is attentive and friendly, and the menu is priced reasonably. Altogether terrific!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Surprise
    NormaS
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here and were very happy with all. The service was excellent. I had a small taste of one wine I had never heard of and it was not my preference so they made a different recommendation which was perfect and they were so nice about it. The food is not typical southern Italian and is EXCELLENT. I had a salad with arugula and grapes and more that was excellent and we both had fish that was also perfect. The deserts all sounded wonderful but I chose the alfredo ice cream and it was beyond excellent. We will definitely go back. Make a reservation ahead or you may not get in. It is a smallish restaurant and had a large party in the back but we didn't even hear them. Norma S
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    ArdsleyDiner
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    L'inizio took over from a short-lived Italian restaurant in a tiny but sweet location. The restaurant still has its odd shape--long and narrow, with a bar separating the two main dining rooms. We ate in the front room and did not have the overwhelming noise people have complained about in the back room. Service was very attentive, not just from our waitress, but also from the host. The menu is somewhat limited but specials flesh it out. The food was all very good, but overall pricey for what we got. Wine list has many reasonably priced bottles and glasses.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!
    FoodReviews4YouVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We were frequent diners at Spigolo in NYC and we were so excited when we saw Heather and Scott are now in Westchester with their new restaurant, L'inizio. The food was out of the world. We haven't experienced anything this good in a long time. We definitely will be back and plan on telling everyone we know since it was the BEST meal!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ssshh. Don't Tell Anyone
    CescaFresca
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I almost don't want to share this gem of a restaurant. But I must. Anyone looking for a mid-week restaurant, won't find a better one than L'Inizio. There was only one other table of diners and once they left, it was all ours. The food is outstanding and the service top-notch. We're going back this weekend but you guessed it, there are few openings: very early or very late.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband and I were disappointed when we found out that Italian Kitchen (of the same location) had closed, but we were very pleasantly surprised when we were able to get a table last minute at L'inizio. Although we couldn't make out any particular "region" of Italian cooking, both the food and wine were delicious. The only downside was the noise level in the back room. There were three large parties seated near us and at times the decibel reached the level of an ambulance siren. Our waiter assured us that a sound specialist was being consulted and the owners planned to remedy the problem. We would certainly return to sample other dishes and will bring our daughters and friends, especially if the sound problem is fixed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in Ardsley
    SuSuVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Hospitable & welcoming service, however menu very limited especially for anyone counting calories. Restaurant is quaint but noise level is overbearing. Grilled shrimp or shrimp cocktail could be a favorable addition to the menu which someone like me can add to a salad. Additionally at 7:30 pm they ran out of their featured special salad for the evening & the fava beans were not part of the substitute salad offered which was a disappointment. Highly likely I will not return. Too bad... Always in search for a neighborhood gem. Best of luck in succeeding.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd time even better
    pbf136VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We have been there 2 times. The menu is wonderful and every morsel is delicious. Great use of vegetables with all of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ardsley's new prize
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great farm fresh food. Octopus appetizer is amazing. We loved all the pastas. Lovely owners, especially Heather who is also the pastry chef. Relaxing and fun.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great date night
    lmsnycVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My boyfriend and I went out to get a night to ourselves and this was lovely. It is definitely a NYC caliber restaurant. The portions are small-ish, but that is fine with me. The staff is great. I will definitley be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The restaurant and it's employees are fantastic The food and service are wonderful
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    Sam35VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food was excellent. Loved that it was a little different. Nice decor & service. Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had been anxious to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We had been anxious to try L'inizio since its opening and finally went with friends visiting from out of town. Everything was excellent from the drinks and wine through desert. The staff was friendly, attentive and informative. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for the neighborhood
    Chappaqua5423VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Terrific restaurant -- different food and everything was delicious. Pastas are large portions and could be half orders (although we also had the whipped ricotta with an extra grilled bread so we might've ordered too much -- we were licking the ricotta off of our spoons.) The bass and chicken were excellent. And we were too full for dessert so just ordered the cookie plate, which was very large. Every table was taken so it was noisy. We will definitely come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So glad we had a reservation
    NELT
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This was a very pleasant surprise especially as the weather was cold and wet and there is very limited parking. Once inside we were greeted with a smile and almost immediately seated with drinks in front of us. The space is narrow and tall with a noise level that is energetic but the food and service make up for everything else. Four of us managed to get through prosciutto, clams, pate and a salad as appetizers followed by pasta and chicken. All were delicious, well presented and served quickly. The service was excellent, someone was there to assist when needed but otherwise was unobtrusive. We will return and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely L'inizio
    out2eat
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Our dinner at L'inizio was lovely. We loved the spot there before and are so happy to have this new local spot for dinner's out nearby. Our little village needs more spots with such high standards. We look forward to returning there for future dinners and "Brunch" on Sunday. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant. We enjoyed the Tuesday "half-price" bottle of wine special. I hope that this spot is here for years to come. Count us as "regulars."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.