L'inizio

4.5
1066 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 Wednesday through Sunday, including Sunday brunch. L’inizio is closed on Monday and Tuesday We can’t wait to see you!
Please remember, a patio reservation does not guarantee a restaurant table should the weather change.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1066 people are saying
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vipluvcake
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always a meal to remember. I recommend L'Inizio wholeheartedly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good northern italian. Service was slow and not particularly attentive. Large outdoor space but it’s basically the parking lot behind the restaurant. Plastic tables. Having said all that, it’s a very good option if you have to eat in Ardsley.

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vipStefania
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food every time! Don't delay in making your reservation! Enjoy :)

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MarshaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last-minute reservations. Great food service and recommendations from the server. Will definitely visit again.

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NCinNYC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience when dining at L'inizio! Amazing food, specialty cocktails, a lovely wine selection, and don't forget the desserts! The blistered eggplant special was amazing - try it while its on the menu!!! Truly a hidden gem in Ardsley! One of our very favorite places to eat.

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JamesP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation via Open Table a month in advance and planned for a family reunion of sorts at L’Inizio. Had family traveling from over an hour away just to show up at the door and learn they are closed. I understand (from a local not from the website or Open table) that the restaurant had a flood and doesn’t reopen for a few more days. While I remain sympathetic that they experienced a flood - HOW DO YOU NOT NOTIFY FOLKS THAT HAD EXISTING RESERVATIONS OR ON YOUR WEBSITE OR ON OPEN TABLE?????
Never again.

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vipJSLMJL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve always been big fans of L’Inizio but haven’t been eating in restaurants much lately due to Covid. It was so great to be back and to enjoy their fantastic new outdoor seating area. Food was as wonderful as always, service too even though they were pretty busy. Heather and Scott and their team always knock it our if the park!

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vipscarboroughinvestor
London
53 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable mid to high end Italian; excellent parmesan linguine nero w/ seafood hit the spot.

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love2travel
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The homemade pasta with kale, truffles and mushrooms was so out of this world. I’m salivating thinking about it and the crispy Brussel sprouts .
Can’t wait to go back and try more pasta.

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Ereni
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very annoying banging door . Outside dinning caused the door to bang with wait staff going in and out. Management said nothing he could do. Inside seating in back room is terrible. The prices are high with no consideration for diners indoors comfort. When the ambience is poor who could appreciate any effort to enjoy the food

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Nancy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SO HESITANT TO GIVE 5 STAR because after this I know I won’t be able to get back in. However…. They deserve it!!!
This is the second time I have been here and both meals were wonderful. Not an unsatisfied guest at either dinner and these are tough pallets to please. Surprisingly, they had a wine we just had in Sardinia, which was wonderful, the cocktails are fun and the pastas amazing!!!! Go hungry, do it tapas style and try it all… you won’t be disappointed!!!

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vipJoevent
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in Westchester. Consistently innovative and expertly prepared cuisine in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Bravo. One tiny negative is the way-too-of-the-moment muzak that doesn’t match the rest of the tone. I’m sure that there’s marketing data that says it makes folks spend more but it doesn’t do the restaurant justice.

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qweenofhearts
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Among a county full of expensive and mediocre restaurants, L'Inizio was a very pleasant surprise. Loved having the option of half-order pasta dishes so as not to miss out on heartier main courses. Ate indoors because of the rain but the outdoor patio area looked very nice. Will definitely go back

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vipLizA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant evening and meal was delicious.

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LarryS
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just keeps getting better and better. The food is excellent and overall experience is top notch

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vipSethB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The cauliflower special was phenomenal, as was the chicken scarpariello. Wonderful night out.

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vipcoreyman97
New York Area
224 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second time we had dinner here and it was really good. The chicken scarpariello and the pasta bolognese were delicious. My only "complaint" is, the wine list is lacking. Not great choices and prices a bit high for what they're serving.

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vipFoodasfuel
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good food and service. The waitress was very attentive. Would eat there again.

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vipRed372
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, service & very accommodating in terms of seating preference.

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JoseP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Small town restaurant with AMAZING Italian/European food, they offer a great Sunday Brunch... We just came back from Europe and we were a little bit nostalgic... the food completely delivered vs expectations. We loved the place and definitely we will be back

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vipAlly
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish!! Best restaurant in Westchester 😊🍷🍽

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Joanna
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, delicious food, overall great dining experience!

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Foodie2
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not sure how this place got to #7 on Westchester magazine...the bar did mot have the brand of gin that we drink., the menu was limited my veal samtibucca was dry and over cooked, my husband's sauce was ok...his birthday was ruined..worse meal i had in a very long time!!!!

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TC711
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food/service was amazing!
One of our new favorite restaurants

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vipPaulA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never disappointed. Our go to place for a relaxing evening with great food.

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DebW
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good and service were outstanding! It was a little brighter than it has been in past so ambience not as great.

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JGW1
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Were able to move us inside when rain was forecasted. Very attentive waitstaff, food excellent and always great options on menu.

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JudyH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!!

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vipDavidS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

loved the food BUT female waitress was NOT on top of her game

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roxy
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner at L'inizio. The staff was lovely and welcoming and our table was fine though I was surprised that two other diners were seated next to us in a largely empty room. The table was next to the air conditioner, which was a bit much on a cool evening. The potato chips were fantastic as were the clams appetizer. We had to ask for some bread since there was no way we were going to let the sauce on the clams go to waste. I had a couple of issues with the black pepper carbonara. For one, I felt the pasta was overcooked. And I also thought that it was a bit overcomplicated for what should be a very simple dish. My husband ate every last bit of his octopus and my son loved his pasta as well. I was extremely surprised that a couple of the pastas that included seafood also included Parmesan in their ingredient lists, which prevented me from ordering them. My entree was the chicken scarpariello, which was very tasty, but by then I was too full for more than a few bites. My husband loved his chicken parmigiana, which he got with a side of pasta marinara. That pasta was also a bit overcooked to my taste and was far more complicated than a marinara ought to be. My son really enjoyed his pork tenderloin, which was a special. We both loved the bombaloni but we were disappointed that they were cake donuts rather than raised donuts. However, it didn't stop us from enjoying every last bite. We will certainly return, but I will definitely specify al dente for the pasta next time.

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SandraM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is very creative,beautifully prepared and outstandibg

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MatthewC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Atmosphere is small café, quiet and romantic.

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Jade
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent. Wish they would have given bread before hand while waiting for our dishes versus with the meal. (Skimpy on bread serving) also, charged for refills on sodas when very small glasses.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Medium rare burger came out rare.

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Andrea
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best food we’ve eaten in Westchester. This little restaurant puts out some big flavor. We had baked clams with bacon, delicious, pasta with wild
mushrooms, kale and truffle oil, so good, and chicken scarp, also great. Panna cotta dessert, amazing. Nice cocktails, wine and service. We sat inside which was very pleasant, they’ve fixed up their outdoor area which is essentially just a blacktop area and made it charming with a pretty tent and lighting. One suggestion would be to spruce up the entry way where the hostess stand is. Put some flowers and get rid of the ugly
plastic coat hangers and clutter. We will be back.

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vipIeatmostlyitalian
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Good food but: My wife and I shared a salad as our first course. We asked the gentleman who brought it to our table for 2 plates so we could share. He said “use those” pointing at our small bread plates. I asked for larger plates and he delivered 2 more small bread plates. Later in the meal I asked for more water and he said “ask your waiter.” I never had an experience like this before in a highly regarded restaurant. I didn’t complain or skimp on the tip, but I won’t go back.

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vipmusicdoc
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been fans of L’inizio for several years but picked it for a special birthday dinner this week. We were so glad we did. This lovely restaurant weathered the pandemic with true grit and seems to have doubled down on getting all the flavors even more spectacular. Service has always been a standout and this visit was no exception. The chef has a really keen sense of what tastes best together, dishes are subtlety complex even smell fragrant and tempting. There are excellent fresh and marinated vegetables incorporated into most dishes in a way that enhances the taste and adds a snap or flavor buzz to what might have been ordinary. I can’t exactly place the region of Italy represented but it’s more Northern in general... never was a “red sauce” menu.... and it pays to let this talented chef show what he can do with more creative delicate and garden-fresh selections throughout. Because it was a special occasion we splurged on two delicious glasses of bubbly Cava and had a decadent honey covered ricotta which we spread on toasted bread. We had wonderful Burrata and a great salad, followed by flat iron steak over roasted pearl onions and an unusual but fascinating chicken parmigiana covered with arugula- more like a Milanese but so aromatic and satisfying. Dessert was also a great treat. Don’t miss the bombolini (sp?) with chocolate sauce. This was more than we can normally ingest- but birthdays come and go and we were happy to be at a truly fine restaurant and start to feel more normal again. In a nutshell- this is excellent cuisine and the quality just keeps getting finer and more delicious with each visit. And no, we didn’t have pasta- although we almost always do- and we know that they are mostly if not all made in-house and are delicious. This was a memorable evening which we agreed long afterwards was a wonderful choice for our special occasion.

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Elerby
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was super delicious. Staff is nice. We sat outside and there was a small issue with service, but they pulled it back together and the rest of our night was lovely. This restaurant is really good. Note that I a rarely give 5 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we had. Great people. Great place.

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vipPaulA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. You can always be assured that you're going to have a good time whether you dine alone or with friends.

FAQs

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

L'inizio is rated 4.5 stars by 1066 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.