L'inizio

4.6
666 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies

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 Monday through Sunday. L’inizio is also pleased to offer "Uncorked Mondays" 1/2 priced wines ($60 and under), as well as a Prix Fixe menu every Tuesday and Wednesday for $33.00, and don't forget our Burger and Beer Special on Sundays for $18.00! We can’t wait to see you!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(914) 693-5400
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Fratangelo
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking also available in the lot next to the Century 21 building.
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Special events & promotions
There’s no such thing as too much Italian and that’s why L’inizio is expanding! Watch this space for more information in the coming months. A special thank you to our faithful customers and the town of Ardsley for making this next phase of our journey possible.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 666 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Good food , a little noisy,

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OT
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Scallops were served cold and rubbery. 4 medium sized scallops for $35 dollars for this area and restaurant is a bit unreasonable. Octopus appetizer should be called bread crumb appetizer. Very small pieces of octopus servered diced completely overwhelmed with croutons. Worst octopus dish ive ever had. Definately will not be back.

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J
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great restaurant - great food- great service!

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M
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Everything was perfect. The food is amazing and the people are wondering. This is the best food in the county no question.

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JB
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Underwhelming.
Burrata salad had very little cheese. Dressing, made with honey, too sweet for our taste. Octopus appetizer was practically all croutons, with very little octopus. Chicken dish okay, but not outstanding. Side dishes (asparagus and kale with mushrooms)overly sauced and seasoned and overpriced. Service very good.

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m
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It was terrific but more has to be done to tell people that brunch is being served and is as great as the many dinners we have enjoyed there.

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Mixed feelings. Appetizer (chicken liver pate) was very good.

Main course- Chicken Milanese was Not. First, too big and thick- should have been more "pounded" and flattened and there was way too much breadcrumb heavily fried , not delicate at all. Some cut off pieces tasted very fatty, some not bad- left about 3/4 of it and icuriously waitress didn't even ask how I liked it (or perhaps it was obvious and she refrained from getting a complaint)

Friendly enough staff, reasonably attentive- gave us corner table as requested but not even a simple "Happy Aniversary" even though we clearly noted on reservation. My wife's pasta dish too "soupy" for her taste but I guess some flow like it that way.
Overall OK but frankly, disappointing.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

mid-
week service was a trifle slow, but worth the wait when the meal arrived.good , small selections of dishes. definitely a return is warranted

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OT
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Too foo-foo for us. A Manhattan vibe, in little ol’ Ardsley!

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RB
2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I know everyone is raving about this place, so we had high hopes. They were dashed. Nothing pretty or warm or comfortable about the space. Menu has many odd combinations of flavors. Wine was stale, prosecco was flavorless and the bread ordinary. The coffee was good, and our waiter very pleasant and capable.

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WE
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Always wonderful.

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SV
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We had to ask for another table since we were facing the kitchen. We were moved to back room which was less cramped.
The food was delicious and we would go back. We’re looking forward to trying Sunday Brunch.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We had a wonderful experience! Would highly recommend!

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MR
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My husband and I had the most delicious meal at this restaurant! The baked clams were the best we’ve had! The duck was excellent-cooked to perfection. Salad was great and the meatballs over the polenta was melt in your mouth. This is by far one of the best, if not the best,restaurant in Westchester with the most creative menu.

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F
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We always have a wonderful experience here. The food is just fantastic!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Better than expected

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MI
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent food and ambiance. We loved it and will definitely go back!

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j
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Amazing meal, and great front of house presence. Hostess was very nice, and knew just how to work the room. The staff was also really strong. Food was very very good as well. Really liked having the bar attached as well, in case you want a cocktail before the meal. The noise level was very loud, but was still able to have a conversation. All in all, a very great meal and date. We will be back!

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C
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

All very good but wish the portions were larger. I tend to leave hungry.

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NC
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was good
Everyone was happy with what they ordered

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E
3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We were seated when the three of us arrived. It took 45 minutes before we were served a drink.
We had to ask someone to help us. We asked what the specials were and then had to ask another waitress where our drinks were and if we could order.

The restaurant was not that crowded but our initial waitress did not pay any attention to us. Our food was good but the service was bad.

We had never had this experience before as the service had always been good.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Hadn't been here for many years and returned because of excellent reviews. Absolutely mind blowing terrific food. Halibut unusual prep and delectable. Homemade pastas were best we've ever had. Yummy veggie sides. Incredibly friendly staff. Cozy bar if you have to wait to meet friends........This place is a little gem that everyone will LOVE !!!!!!!!

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A
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Delicious! We ordered 2 specials and both were fresh, seasonal and really the best food we've had in Westchester!

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m
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Thank you John and Scott for your kindness and amazing dishes. You elevate your dishes every time I dine here. The ramp pesto with long rigatoni was amazing . The ramp arrancini was a big hit with my guest. His first meal at linizio was memorable. Heather your chocolate tart and s'mores semifreddo outstanding !!

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B
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

excellent creative food. was really delicious. went on a Tuesday- prix fixe was an excellent deal

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OT
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent food and service. Ambiance was OK, and limited parking space.

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MS
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We go to L'Inizio often - a definite favorite. This was our first time having brunch since they reintroduced it. AWESOME doesn't begin. I eat avocado toast all the time but never like this. There's nothing negative to say about L'Inizio EVER!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Love this local spot. Delicious food. Comfortable and very friendly.

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r
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great food.
Home made pasta.
Great staff.
Great chef.
Welcoming.

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J
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food is the standout here. Been there four times in the past 6 months and it never fails to impress. Music can be overpowering in the middle room however. Want to try their Tuesday and wed special $33 meals.

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KR
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Found L’inzio almost by accident, I wanted a great place for Mother’s Day. They had great reviews, the ambience was great, the food was delicious. Strongly recommended.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

After hearing great things our first visit was disappointing. Our meals were brought out at different times and servings were small. The “kids pancakes” was one small, plain pancake.

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MH
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Wonderful home made pasta with fresh ingredients! Fabulous!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food was delicious

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B
4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Just a friendly place with great food, excellent value

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D
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Brought some friends to one of my most favorite places. As always, everything was on point, and my friends can’t wait to come back! Thank you Scott and John! Kudos to heather for a delicious dessert!

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LD
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Have been there 4 or 5 times now. Never disappoints. The food is OUTSTANDING and the service is great. Love it. Have taken friends and family.. and even though I don't live in Ardsley I consider it my neighborhood gem!

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s
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food and service were very good. A daily menu that spotlights local, seasonal ingredients and the pasts were homemade and delicious. Atmosphere was of a rustic Italian restaurant, not pretentious but sophisticated. Service good too. Wines by the glass were a little disappointing but we will definitely be back!

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H
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food as always!!!

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RG
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very creative menu with fresh excellent high quality fresh ingredients and outstanding service. This restaurant is at a level above most in the area and definitely deserves our support so they can continue to provide quality cuisine and attentive service. I am so happy we have a restaurant of this quality in our neighborhood.

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