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
103 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (77)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
  • 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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 101 reviews are from the L'inizio reviews archive.
  • 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
  • homecookVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique
    AllyVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new addition
    Jennifer
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • 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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate