L'inizio

4.7
1107 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

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 1107 people are saying
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NicoleN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can always count on a delicious bowl of pasta here. The bomboloni never disappoints and my friend said this was the best chocolate sorbet she ever had. Can't wait to go back.

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ThomasD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, cool spot !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet and great food!!

JM
JaneM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They offered a 4 course menu for New Years Eve and the choices were good. Baked clams were delicious and just enough, I followed the with lobster ravioli, again delicious. My son and I had the steak as our entree and it was done to perfection. My husband had the chicken scarpiello and enjoyed it. Dessert followed but I was too full to eat it and it came home with me for the grandchildren

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vipAdamG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

L’Inizio offers a consistent and constantly above standard experience in terms of food and staffing. Heather and Scott are terrific.

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chrisn
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The service was superb This place is a hidden gem

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RafaJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The first thing that turned us off was the fact that they were not checking to see if people were vaccinated. The second thing was the fact that there was no circulation of air. If there had been more patrons, we would not have stayed for dinner. We were lucky there were so few guests the night that we went.

The food was good but not special. More like a good trattoria than a special place to have dinner.

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vipthomast
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

from the minute you walk in, you are warmly greeted. the staff do an excellent job. the food is always outstanding. we will be back

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shmh
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food as always. Crispy cauliflower, beetroot pasta, chicken parm. Give the potato chips a miss. Very greasy and some kind of aftertaste, perhaps from the oil.

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BobM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

L'inizio is a great local place for a creative Italian meal.

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andyafco
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my fiancé here for a birthday dinner. Server was excellent, helped with wine selection. All the food was very good. Would highly recommend and will certainly be back myself!

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DanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Great to see that not only did L’Inizio weather the COVID and Flood storm, they’ve actually gotten better. Amazing up and down the menu with fantastic desserts as well.

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vipRGAfoodie
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

L'inizio continues to impress. It remains a stand out for dining in Westchester. A creative Italian menu executed wonderfully with quality ingredients and features dishes you won't find at other Italian restaurants. Highly recommended.

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Joseph
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Cozy, warm, friendly ambiance..interesting selections with both cocktails and wine, and delicious entrees and pasta dishes. Very smart to offer smaller and full size portions!
Service, particularly a little extra for a birthday greeting, was exceptional.
I will be returning, often I hope.

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Nico9300
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I've been to L'inizio 3X now. I am first generation Italian and my parents were in the restaurant business. I'm not a critic, I'm just like you. I love to cook and I know good food.

Hate to say it but our meals this go around was just okay. Last time a bit better but definitely not special.

They overcooked the octopus but the dish was still very good. recommended.
The chicken scarpariello was not great. Broccoli rabe in the dish. Seriously? If that's the creative touch then you better stick to the basics which on this dish is necessary. My ricotta cavatelli bolognese was not great. Over salted and sauce was not balanced with sweetness and acidity.

Sorry L'inizio but just being real here. I'm not saying stay away just that as an Italian American restaurant, there are others is you want to switch it up. Mulino's for example. The rest are in Manh.


My wife's Carbonara was bland. No heart in it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive servers, a little noisy once the tables filled, nice portions of delicious pasta and chicken. Looking forward to dining here again, highly recommend.

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GoodEater
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not sure what all the hoopla is about. L’inizio is an unremarkable place. The food is acceptable but not outstanding. The interior is pleasant and comfortable enough but nothing great. If you live in the neighborhood it could be a nice local spot but it’s not worth a special trip. You can find better Italian food in most towns, and the prices are high—$45 for pork tenderloin? Our waitress was welcoming and attentive, but the other waiter was neither. I doubt we'll return.

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shmh
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Less than five miles from where we live, we wondered why we had not come here before.
Wonderful experience with excellent food and attentive and friendly service.

The Crispy Cauliflower appetizer was amazing and quite different from any cauliflower dish we’ve had before. A burst of multiple flavors.

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vipRichardW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service...food is consistently very good. Kale salad was disappointing....everything else was very good. A little pricy on fish special....an average size piece of salmon shouldn't be over $40.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has great food and great service. No kidding.

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vipJosephN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, one of our favorites, always! Wonderful staff and great food:)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and wonderful ambience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always at L’inizio! Took my two kids to brunch with me. The food and service were amazing. My kids, who are picky eaters, loved the food. I loved the bottomless bloody marys and my omelet was delicious. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Westchester.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best Italian in the area for a great price. You can get italian-american food whoch isn't as good for more money or true Italian-modern at L'nizio's. I just wish they had a better wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is just impeccable! The homemade pastas are absolutely fantastic. The octopus and duck liver pate appetizers were mind blowing. Thanks for making our night! We don’t get to go out much so this was very special.

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Catherine
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most gracious host/owners, who always remember us, and greet us warmly. Food is delicious, and the service is good. And, although we have many favorite dishes on the menu, there are always interesting seasonal specials, equally as delicious as the regular menu items. A great restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brunch was amazing.

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vipDavidS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food has always been good and remains so but service and attention to the table has steadily declined in each of our past few times here.

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EdouardN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly delicious! The service was outstanding! It was the perfect date night! ♥️

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal! We enjoyed the experience and the fun vibe at the restaurant.

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HenryG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal in my home town of Ardsley, NY with my 87 year old mom and my sister-in-law (older brother's wife)

The food was excellent and we enjoyed three pasta dishes (carbonera, Seafood and duck), a chicken dish with sausages was brought to us after the pasta (as we requested). The ricotta with honey appetizer was also enjoyed by all.

We had the doughnut holes with chocolate sauce for dessert which was also very good.

The servers were very attentive to the needs of my Mom who uses a walker.

Some of the other patrons knew my sister-in-law and chatting with them made the evening more enjoyable.

I will definitely be back.

One minor quibble is that my pasta dish was not quite as hot (in temperature) as I would have preferred.

Looking forward to another meal here during my next NY visit.

MG
MindyG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting and delicious menu everytime. There is outdoor seating with heaters which is great right now, but they are always a win.

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MichaelS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Outdoors: owners did a nice job with a backyard next to a auto repair place. we were Kept warm with 3 large propane heaters. They should add some more plants and perimeter screening

Service: excellent

Drinks: reasonable wine prices and good quality, nice pear martini- but no draft beer available- why?

Apps:

Octopus with Chorzio sausage with beans and fresh crisp vegetables - delicious, but needed more Octopus pieces and less sausage wheels

Brussel sprouts - very large portion for one person, great flavor but reduce the portion size and price

Entree:

Creste di Gallo - mushrooms were the bomb, kale was tender. I never saw pasta shaped like a rooster's head crest

Special - razor clams with home made parpadelle and sausage. Great broth/sauce - al dente pasta

Improvements: take away the chef's salt shaker. The flavors in the food need NO additional salt

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vipStevenF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javier was a wonderful waiter and made our outdoor dinner a lovely extra.

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OutNabout
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at L'Inizio. Great ambience, food delicious. Very cozy. The bar they opened adjacent is a great addition. Highly recommend.

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Bucky11
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Sunday brunch at L'Inizio was great. The food and service was excellent. Choices of breakfast or lunch type entrees, all very reasonably priced. Only slight negative was that it DID get a bit loud in the small back room when some larger groups arrived.

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Nancy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

CONSISTENT!!!
Always a great meal when we dine here…. A small hidden gem with a menu that is sure to please. Dare I say we have never had a bad meal here and this is not something I can say about most places.

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vipJudithm
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent choice for dinner in the Rivertowns. The pasta dishes are outstanding.

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 1107 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.