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L'inizio - L'inizio, Ardsley, NY

L'inizio

4.7
4.7
1184 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Rated as one of the Best Italian Restaurants in 2015 by Westchester Magazine, L’inizio offers a seasonal, Italian inspired menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Westchester residents and NYC restaurant veterans, Scott and Heather Fratangelo look forward to hosting you for dinner every Tuesday through Sunday. L’inizio is closed on Monday. We can’t wait to see you!
Please remember, our outdoor patio is closed for the season

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (914) 693-5400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Scott Fratangelo

  • Private party facilities

    Have an upcoming birthday or corporate dinner? We would be honored to host your next private event! Call today and ask for David to get more information about our private dining options.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Fratangelo: (917) 856-3212

  • Neighborhood

    Ardsley

  • Parking details

    Parking also available in the lot next to the Century 21 building.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westchester / Hudson Valley

    Italian

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  1. CK

    ChristineK

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every meal I’ve ever eaten here has been wonderful. This was no different. They really do an exemplary job, with delicious food and excellent service.
  2. HF

    HowardF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food and service here are amazingly good. The outdoor garden patio was extremely disappointing, though. Apparently, the garden is not leased by the restaurant and it has been largely cut down by the neighboring tenant. So there is no ambiance for outside dining whatsoever even though the website promised there would be. The patio abuts an auto repair shop and a parking lot. So, best to eat indoors. Again, overall AMAZING for food and service, indoors which is really what matters if eating indoors.
  3. T

    Tomny

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Very limited menu. Several chicken entrees, a few pastas, few seafood choices, no veal. Dessert menu uninspired. Expected more after reading a few positive reviews. Not bad but not worth a second visit for us.
  4. PB

    PhylB

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was excellent. The wait staff was accommodating, however the two people who might have been in charge were angry and unpleasant.
  5. CD

    ChristopherD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a great experience, food quality and presentation was amazing and the service was flawless.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening! Top notch!
  7. LD

    LouD

    New York Area

    102 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    For A wonderful And Memorable Dining Experience, Linizio Should Be At The Top Of Your List. David The Onwer Treats You Like Family. Kim Was Very Attentive And Responsive To All Our Request. The Staff Works Together Enhancing Your Meal. Linizio Is A Neighborhood Gem. Lou D
  8. 4

    4friends

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. It was a quiet and lovely spot to catch up with friends. We liked out desserts, too!
  9. AK

    AlayneK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heathers warm welcome, the wait staff’s knowledge and efficiency and the scrumptious food made for a perfect dinner!!!
  10. RR

    RobertR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The specials WERE special!
  11. JN

    JordanN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a warm welcome walking in, the entire staff and owners are so hospitable. Beautiful decor smartly decorated. Good wine list and excellent food. Can’t wait to visit again next time I am in town. By the way, we could hear all of our surrounding tables expressing their enjoyment of the food as well. Moms birthday was a success!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Third visit in 2 years here. Good: best spicy margarita around But: they never seem to put all the elements together right; never the same problem -- new issue every time. I think we're done here.
  13. OE

    Out2Eat

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Uncomfortably warm. Bad odor coming from the men's room adjacent to the bar. Service was good. Appetizers were very good, one entrée was good the other was not. Bread was stale. Overall, this experience was inferior to the several other times we ate here.
  14. SH

    SH54

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Decided to sit outside even though the indoor ambiance is quite nice. Outside is a converted parking area with some lighting and gardens. Food was great. Service was friendly and good even though they apologized upon our arrival about being understaffed for the 4th of July weekend. We’ll be back!
  15. MN

    MegN

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience here - great food and great service.
  16. DM

    DMGS

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is creative, delicious and unbelievably fresh, fabulous ingredients! The owner’s/chef/pastry chef make you feel right at home. We have never ordered anything we didn’t totally enjoy. Definitely a go to spot for us
  17. a

    ateitall

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I thought the food was very good. My one issue with it was that it was very heavily sauced. It was flavorful but over done. The service was friendly but a bit slipshod - two different people coming to take orders after it had already been given. The portions were generous. Overall, a very nice meal.
  18. KS

    KatieS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Westchester, L'inizio never disappoints. Everything on the menu--from savory to sweet--is made fresh in-house daily. Chef Scott and his team make extraordinary dishes out of the simplest of ingredients. He uses a lot of produce from local farm Hilltop Hanover. With many restaurants using premade sweets, it is refreshing to find pastry chef Heather's selection. And here's a tip... Always flip the menu for the specials! We find them innovative and delicious. The wine list is clearly carefully curated (ask trained sommelier David for a recommendation) and the cocktails are always amazing. Love the outdoor seating when it is nice weather. We also hosted a private event in their back room that left our guests wowed.
  19. SF

    StevenF

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and food was excellent. It was the first time our friends came to the restaurant and they enjoyed our dinner as well.
  20. ET

    EasyTraveller

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily one of Westchester's very best Italian restaurants.
  21. B

    Barb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. I could eat the Creste di gallo with wild mushrooms every night. David is an awesome host. My favorite restaurant in Westchester.
  22. BH

    BrandiH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ate outside on a chilly night but the waiter was outstanding and brought a heat lamp over to us. The food was delicious and so were the cocktails. We had a great time.
  23. r

    robertd

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding and creative food. Nice people. Totally enjoyed our dining experience and will be back. I would suggest some work to make the outside "garden" a much more inviting play.
  24. CR

    CRF1

    Richmond

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and attentive service
  25. PA

    PaulA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to place for a good meal and good times. We are never disappointed.
  26. MM

    MomaMary

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dinner at L'inizio last night. The smoked ricotta and the baked clams are so great I could just have had that for dinner. We also enjoyed an arugula salad, chicken parm and ricotta cavatelli. All outstanding. I cannot wait to go again.
  27. MF

    MarshaF

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable and informal outdoor dining with excellent cuisine and wonderful service!
  28. m

    musicdoc

    New York Area

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A real pleasure - definitely our favorite in the area. It showcases highly creative and impressively reliable cuisine. Remember this is a fine restaurant and (most certainly) not a "red sauce" place. The chef has a way of bringing out many earthy flavors and offering diverse ingredients which you can really taste and appreciate. Yesterday's special pasta was truly heavenly; pappardelle in a blistered cherry tomato sauce with burrata and toasted pistachios. Don't miss the bambolini dessert if you still have room.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great food and service but wouldn’t recommend eating outside
  30. DM

    DMGS

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent like always! No place like L’Inzios to make you feel at home but feed you the most incredible foods created by Scott!
  31. CR

    CRF1

    Richmond

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional service and fantastic food
  32. l

    lpt1

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service always great. Nice that you can order half portions of many food items which are just the right amount. Outdoor seating areas could use some decorative touches especially being off of the parking lot.
  33. DM

    DMGS

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous! We shared 4 appetizers between a table of four and there was not one thing I didn’t love! I had petite filet special that was great! My husband and one other had rigatoni carbonara that was better and different than anything I’ve ever had. The squash parmigiana is amazing whether you’re vegetarian or not. If you have room for desert, the donut holes with chocolate sauce are fabulous! The carrot cake is too. With a weakened immune system I don’t eat out often but this will be my go to spot. The owners Scott (chef) and Heather (pastry chef) are like family!
  34. ET

    EasyTraveller

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily among the very best Italian restaurants in Westchester.
  35. ME

    MaryE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and great food!!!
  36. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love L'inizio because they develop flavors I love and can't either find elsewhere or replicate at home. They know how to activate every taste and smell, and pair cocktails, beer, and wine with the food menu to deliver memorable dining. Plus, the service is friendly without hovering. We love it and can't wait to go back.
  37. DZ

    DaraZ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious, innovative new Italian without having to go into Manhattan. Our halibut was perfectly cooked and came with an elegant, summery yogurt-mint sauce that was innovative. The wild mushroom pasta was excellent and the pasta had perfect texture. The slight disappointment was the angel cake dessert - the cake was just plopped on a pool of sauce. The pastry chef’s creations were always wonderful, perhaps an off night? We were big fans of Spigolo and are happy to have the chef and pastry chef much closer to us in Westchester.
  38. CL

    ChristinaL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food - atmosphere- service is always the best!
  39. c

    cardmd

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time here and did not disappoint. I brought my parents here who enjoyed their food. Reasonably priced given the quality of food. Would recommend.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Mother’s Day lunch .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

L'inizio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (914) 693-5400.

L'inizio is rated 4.7 stars by 1184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for L'inizio

698 Sawmill River Rd., Ardsley, NY 10502

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Ardsley

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking also available in the lot next to the Century 21 building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott Fratangelo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (914) 693-5400

  • Private party facilities

    Have an upcoming birthday or corporate dinner? We would be honored to host your next private event! Call today and ask for David to get more information about our private dining options.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Fratangelo: (917) 856-3212

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