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L'inizio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.liniziony.com
  • Phone: (914) 693-5400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    5:30 to 10:00 pm
    5:30 to 11:00 pm
    11:30 to 3:30
    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 WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "From cocktails to appetizers to dessert -- overall a great surprise from this local gem"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything we had was excellent. My new favorite place. I can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "2nd visit did not disappoint. Flavorful, well prepared and presented food. A light touch with garnishes and sauces. Great meal."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous meal here last Friday evening. This was our third time dining at L'inizio since the restaurant opened and it was nice to see a full house. The food is consistently excellent and the wait staff was friendly and informative. The hostess, also the pastry chef, was warm and inviting. We remember the Fratangelos from their wonderful former restaurant, Spigolo, in Manhattan and are thrilled that they opened L'inizio in nearby Ardsley!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is a rare find in Westchester County. The menu offerings are filled with unique ingredients that combine to make vibrant, flavorful dishes that are delicious. The staff is attentive and service is excellent. The owners make you feel welcome from the moment you walk through the door. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal at L'inizio. The food was expertly prepared and the service was excellent. This restaurant replaced Italian Kitchen which I liked, but I have to say that I am very happy with the change. The one thing I did not love was the space. The restaurant has two dining sections, connected by a bar area. The rooms do not absorb sound well, unfortunately. When we were there, there were two families seated in the same room as us who let their children scream at the top of their lungs. The waiter was very apologetic and moved us to the very front of the restaurant (where we could STILL hear the screaming). The prospect of paying $30 per entree and not being able to enjoy a quiet dinner will make me think twice about returning."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Everything was fabulous about L'inizio. Food is fantastic Fun, vibrant atmosphere. Great coctails too. its my new favorite place.!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I did not know such well prepared food existed in Ardsley. I will be going back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great food and service! Home made pastas were amazing."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Better than expected. Great food and very cordial service. Will definitely visit again and highly recommend it"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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 !"
    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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Comfortable ambience with good food. Interesting food combinations. Service tries hard."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had brunch and it was very nice. The french toast was great."
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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?"
    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!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014