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About L'inizio


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!

698 Sawmill River Rd.
Ardsley, NY 10502
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue/Wed/Thur
5:00 to 10:00 pm
Fri/Sat
5:00 to 11:00 pm
Dinner
Mon/Sun
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(914) 693-5400

Website:
http://www.liniziony.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Scott Fratangelo

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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.

L'inizio Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (11)
Romantic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our first time and we were pleasantly surprised! We really enjoyed the food and would highly recommend checking out L'inizio. Fresh product and great flavors!

We started with a radicchio salad (special) and a half order of the bolognese pasta, both were very tasty. I ordered the daily fish (Branzino) which was cooked perfectly, crispy skin and a flavorful sauce. My husband ordered the chicken, which he enjoyed. We finished with the chocolate tart, the perfect ending! Good wine selection. We'll definitely be back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Though the menu is small the choices are very good, all local sourced and fresh.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Outstanding! Awesome meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was my second visit to this restaurant. My husband and I went with our friends this time. The food is outstanding, and our waiter, Matt was absolutely fabulous. He was attentive, courteous, funny and very informative. We will definitely be returning to L'inizio soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

A great restaurant tucked away in the Village of Ardsley. Excellent food and service. Everyone from the chef to wait staff are friendly and very accommodating.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

5 star meal. Beautiful farm-to-table feel. Impeccable quality, superior taste, outstanding service...no words - just satisfied smiles.

My wife and I have enjoyed this local West Chester gem for years. Without a doubt - this nook of natural, other-worldly gardens' is second to none.

Many thanks!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Our second time here and it was disappointing. The food was overly salted and wait staff lackadaisical.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We really like this restaurant. Came here when it first opened several years ago and a couple of times recently now that we live closer. The food is really very creative and the portion sizes just right. The pasta dishes cooked to perfection. Must try their cheesecake - it's so delicious. It's going to be a regular!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We have been here many times and the food and service is always outstanding. Heather welcomes you and makes you feel at home. She is a wonderful owner, hostess and pastry chef.
We will return again soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

If you are considered an above average restaurant then everything should be above average. An example, the octopus salad should look and taste like an octopus salad. My salad had everything but octopus. There were 3 SMALL pieces. I asked about this to the waitress, but nothing was done.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

High expectations from good reviews when we came were not fulfilled. Started by ordering a bottle of wine from blackboard special, then it was no longer available. The owner suggested a similar wine, only $10 more. I did that, but no, you don't offer at a higher price when you are out of the listed wine. I eat out regularly and when this occurs on occasion the management says take this one at same price. I ordered as entrée the special pan seared top round lamb. Was it tough! Even though given a steak knife, one piece could not be cut after much effort. The others I just chewed and chewed until I swallowed. I really should have sent it back, but didn't want to take the effort. Could say more but this should be enough to give you at least my impression.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

This restaurant came recommended by a friend. Food was ok. Not amazing. Not worth the price. Service was terrible. We had to flag down the waiter for everything; from getting a drink to an extra piece of bread. Then while having dinner, a waiter asked if we were done with the salt and took it and gave to another customer? They didn't have more salt? lol. Much better choices in Westchester county.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

So sad to say that we've always enjoyed our meals here but, unfortunately, the last few experiences have been lacking. No bread served until we asked, way overdressed salads, prosciutto included (and upsettingly eaten until caught) in a salad with only vegetarian ingredients listed on the board (no apology) and overly al dente pasta.
I brought a friend on a prior occasion who found the combination of ingredients in her entree unpleasant.
The owner hasn't been there to talk to (in the front of the house) for any of these evenings so I'm finally writing a review :(.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Great food. Ok space. Awesome price

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Another excellent meal here. The menu is a bit limited but there are always good options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 7, 2017

There were four of for dinner and everything we had was absolutely delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

On the plus: great, low key vibe, wonderfully flavorful and authentic, unpretentious but very well crafted food.

I would only ask that the wait for entrees be shortened-by alot!

Also our entrees were only moderately warm when they arrived to table, and the restaurant was not full to capacity by any means. We were so hungry by that point no way would we have returned the food. Our server was certainly gracious and pleasant, but entrees shouldnt have taken so long.

33$ three course prix fixe a good deal, as well

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Very good pasta (first trip I even had dishes that I'd put in the "excellent" range!), and a distractingly hot waiter. What more could I want...?

(Answer: for him to be gay.)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The appetizers, pastas, and secondi were all very good, but the meal was marred by very poor service from our waiter. We had to remind him 3 times about the wine we had ordered, and then the same thing happened with the coffee. Each time, he blamed someone else for not getting the ticket right. He did not seem to take an interest in getting things right. The kitchen staff deserve better help!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We have been here several times and have always loved what we have ordered. The hardest part is deciding what to order since everything on the menu sounds great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Chef Scott never disappoints us!! The carrot ginger soup absolutely delicious and the octopus app always is superb. Love the change in menu and look forward to the summer bounty! Service fantastic as usual ! Heather's special raspberry dessert was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Great dinning experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wow! What a wonderful dinner! Felt like we were in the city! Delicious, creative meal! Can't go wrong with anything you order. Everything is delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Great Food and great service! Will definitely
be going back

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Some of the best Italian food I've had in Westchester. Great desserts. Space is small but cozy. Service was good. Pricing is fair although the portion sizes for the 4 pastas we ordered today should be larger - they were almost appetizer sizes.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Drove to Ardsley for Mother's Day.
There is a separate bar and two dining areas. The staff is helpful and attentive. There was a very light and creative strawberry rhubarb mimosa. Wonderful appetizers and a gorgeous omelette. But the desserts are divine. This is a charming intimate restaurant that has a casual vibe with a sophisticated attitude toward good food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

An Italian appreciates good food. Food was very good, well worth the money spent.

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 (London)·Dined on May 12, 2017

This is not our first time here. The food is really great, but this time, they ruined a very special occasion for us.

I phone ahead of time, told them it's my wife's birthday, that it's a surprise, and that I want a cake/candle. They assured me that they got it and that she'll get a great surprise. Then to MY surprise, the second we arrived and announced our names, the lady checking us in looked at my wife and told her: Oh, it's your birthday, right? Which really ruined the evening for me.

Then when we were done with our meal, they asked whether we wanted dessert, brought the dessert menu, and came back asking for our dessert order. At which point I told the waiter that this is wrong, the lady at check in shouldn't have spoiled the surprise, and they should just bring the cake instead of asking for our dessert order. All he did in response was to offer us a free dessert, which is $10 off our $154 bill!!!

We really didn't want any freebies, just wanted a sincere apology and for them to promise that they'll be more careful with other customers in the future and not ruin their special occasions. The guy never even said: Sorry!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

terrific as always - food is always great and the always changing menu is always great.. we love this place

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Food was so good. All fresh and much of it homemade. One of the best restaurants in westchester. We will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

i can't say enough good things about this place. The chef and his wife who is also the pastry chef add to the specialness of the the place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Had a reservation on. Saturday evening for 7:15pm, and were not seated until 8pm after we turned down a table right near the door (which should be reserved for those that walk-in). Since the bar opened, we are not as enthusiastic about this restaurant. Food is still excellent but they seem overwhelmed. Our waiter never informed us of the specials. Not sure when or if I will return, I feel this restaurant has run its course for me.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2017

We had, as usual, a great dinner at L'Inizio. The drinks were lovely, our farm-to-table meal was fantastic, and the chef, Scott, and his lovely and talented wife, Heather, greeted us warmly. A wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Really, just a lovely meal! We started with two of the crostini, the chicken liver and the ricotta, we had the ravioli special, the duck, and the flank steak, all really yummy, and the cocktails were delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

This was our second visit to this outstanding restaurant. The food, drinks, and service are as good as it gets. Definitely one of our new favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Fabulous restaurant; Scott and Heather do an outstanding job. One of the best in Westchester

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

This was my second visit. The food is fresh, cooked to perfection, and creatively prepared. The service is friendly and attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Linizio has reliably delicious and creative food prepared by a very talented kitchen. I've enjoyed every meal I've had there!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

My only complaint was that my fish was undercooked but they took it back and fired it up more and it was very good after that.
I also noticed that the server did not ask if we wanted another drink once our first was finished.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Food was delicious. Had the cauliflower salad, penne dish and the arctic char, all outstanding

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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