L'inizio

4.6
1085 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 1085 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

DS
vipDavidS
New York Area
16 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! ♥️

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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.

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bobG
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent with many exciting choices. You must try two
appetizers and share them.

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luvcake
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
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
91 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MC
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
3 reviews
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
54 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
7 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
15 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.

LS
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

SB
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
228 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
4 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.

JP
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 😊🍷🍽

FAQs

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

L'inizio is rated 4.6 stars by 1085 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.