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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
L'inizio reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since June 23, 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
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ardsley's new prize
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is spectacular
    Brian
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The rustic room is comfortable and quaint. The service is attentive and thoughtful. The food is world-class, especially the pastas. I wish I had this restaurant in my neighborhood, and my neighborhood is midtown Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mamamia
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great Food and service. A must for Foodies. Portions are a little small but every morsel delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcome L'inizio!
    Hudson
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I discovered L'inizio by chance, ate there 2 times last week. Gracious, knowledgable and professional staff, Attractive contemporary/rustic neutral toned decor. The food is delicious, well portioned, creative courses, good wine list. Relaxing atmosphere, good for quiet conversation or convivial group gatherings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing place
    ardsleypantherVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    So happy to have this little cool restaurant in our small town. The owners are lovely. And take care of you. The husband is the chef and the wife is the pasty chef and is seating guests. Our table was late and they were lovely and while we weren't bothered at all by this they bought us a drink and gave us different table options. The food was delicious, somtthing for everyone. It is a small cozy place and we were the loud table. A very cool place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, pleasant staff
    WheredayawannaeatVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We enjoy this little local place. Fun dishes that are a nice step up from the same old menus. Nice and accommodating .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodies delight!
    particularDinerLBVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    All food was excellently prepared! I tried an excellent celery salad and an octopus appetizer. We had kale salad and pan seared snapper. Everything was perfect....the service and food superb?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific night
    EricG
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Everybody was terrific from the hostess all the way down to the staff. The food was delicious I couldn't have had a better time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best new restaurant in westchester
    SASNYC
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Excellent food. Previously owned Spigolo in the city which was also amazing. This place is a great new addition to the westchester restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome addition
    Ajaxonline
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Nice to have such a good restaurant in the neighborhood. Service was slow and could have been more professional but the food was quite enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Welcoming and cozy
    Tinyh
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Warm welcome. Delicious ambitious menu. Originally seated in back room but found noise level deafening. Waited for a table in front room, much more ambient noise level. Very accomodating staff. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Loved spigolo and now lucky to have this spot Food always great Best restaurant in the area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Karenm
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food at L'Inizio was fantastic and the service was outstanding! I recommend it with no misgivings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Roubi
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We liked L'inizio so much, we went back the following weekend. The food was delicious. The kale sale with sour cherries and goat cheese was excellent, as were the scallop specials. Leave room for dessert. The donuts are incredible. We will become regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, but outstanding food
    Shermanator
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We frequented the last two Italian places that occupied this spot. The first was a dependable, moderately priced, casual, neighborhood "red sauce" place, The second was an attempt to go upscale, but the food was strange. L'inizio is what an upscale Italian restaurant should be. My companion and I are trying to cut down on carbs, so we did not have pasta but everything we had-- (beef from the special menu and duck), was excellent. The service was very professional. The portions are not huge, so this might not be the place for "big eaters." Unfortunately we can't afford to eat here every week. If we could...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A bit pricey but I did love everything about this place. A very special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions; overpriced
    LelandoVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We went to L'inizio hoping that it would be better than the previous Italian restuarants that occupied this space. The staff is friendly and efficient. The first turn off is when I looked at the short wine list. The opening price for a bottle of white was $38. Who do they think they are? This is Ardsley, not Bordeaux or the trendy meatpacking district. I ordered the special pasta which came with microscopic shrimp. The portion itself was tiny, however tasty. My wife had the restaurant week special chicken which she said was delicious. In my opinion, the price value of this restaurant is poor and there are a multitude of better options to choose from. I won't be returning.
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  • Desserts amazing
    ChefsTipVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This dynamic couple have brought beautiful food to little Ardsley. Must try homemade pastas and desserts.Plating beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner!
    SuenanVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Four of us agreed the food was exceptional........the seasoning was wonderful. Every dish was excellent. We intend to visit again in the near future. A good place for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scott and Heather have brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Scott and Heather have brought incredible food and outstanding desserts to Westchester. Thank you
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Run, don't walk, to L'inizio!!!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    This is a small place, very intimate and cozy, a jewel, and is the reason that for the first time in many years I am excited about going out to dinner in Ardsley! It is a wonderful place. Scott, the chef, is amazing. His creations are all delicious. I went there a week ago for the first time, and was so pleased, as were the others in my party. We loved it so much we went back again on Tuesday, during Restaurant Week. The Prix Fixe dinner was just as great as the a la carte the week before. Notable standouts are the Baked Clams and the desserts, especially the Bomboloni. The chicken with polenta was fabulous. I love that they use local farms for their menu too. We are going back next week. You all should make your reservations ASAP!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Burbs Will Never be the Same!
    BLFM
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    As any NYC transplant knows, it's very challenging to find great dining outside the city - but L'inizio has changed that for Westchester! The atmosphere is warm and the staff is welcoming and attentive. The food - from appetizers to dessert - far exceeds anything available in Westchester and we have dined quite a bit throughout the county! They offer special cocktails, a great wine list, and even had house-aged Bourbon when we were there. The restaurant has now started brunch on Sundays - too bad we couldn't stay over after our Saturday night dinner for brunch - but we will be back for both! Do not miss this place - reservations will soon be scarce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were very pleasantly surprised.
    ERDobbs
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were very pleasantly surprised. It is a small, awkward space but the service was exceedingly friendly and professional, something that can be hit or miss in the suburbs. Most importantly, the food was terrific and interesting - a twist from typical Italian. The salad was fresh, octopus appetizer was excellent. Butternut squash ravioli was very good. Portions are not huge but appropriate and leave room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This is a delicious fresh food with local ingredients. The mushroom kale pasta is to die for and they offer delicious mixed drinks as they age their own whisky. This is a privately owned restaurant with the old fashioned intimacy of a place that cares. The owners are a husband wife team. They brought in Tim as a server and mixologist who clearly feels he is family. Thought it was his restaurant! Heather is the pastry chef and makes mean dessert donuts. It is a wonderfully accommodating venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.