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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
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Cozy (18)
Romantic (15)
Casual (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Authentic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great menu. Beautifully executed. Great value & ambience

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The fresh pasta is fantastic as are the sauces and entrees. Staff are knowledgeable about the menu and wine list and everyone pitches in to give you an excellent experience.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Shared two appetizers - the ricotta and the ham platter. both delicious. Two of us had a pasta from the menu - entree size was just right. Another diner had the market special fish - char - which she stated was delicious. Desserts were extremely delicious - shared the Italian donuts. Could eat them every day!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Another lovely evening at L'inizio on the occasion of our wedding anniversary. Inventive drinks from the bar and great specials were again available. The Mon-Wed three course prix fix is a great deal. Service was attentive as always and choice of background music very cool. Love this place!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

As always chef Scott puts his creativity to work and serves vibrant new entrees. I am a regular but each time I discover a new restaurant. It's exciting and refreshing. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Thumbs up for the tempting and delicious desserts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

One of my new fav spots, Basil margarita is always yummy as is the delicious food!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Farm to table local Italian with seasonal ingredients cooked brilliantly. The burrata is off the charts and the sausage cavatelli wins every time I come here. Leave room for Heather's amazing desserts. Did I mention the home made bread sticks.... I ordered two pounds of them to take home!!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Super friendly staff and service, although we came with the kids early on. Saturday (5 pm) and felt a bit rushed by the wait staff. All but one of our dishes - a special- were outstanding. Overall highly recommended!

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

I love the cuisine, the bar, the wine, the creativity of the chef owner's cuisine.

HOWEVER, please do not leave music choices to the front. Frankie Valli selections? 50's greatest hits? In a refined restaurant that charges $30+ a plate? Soft jazz please (and not the Sinatra station).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

This was our first time visit to this wonderful restaurant and it certainly will not be the last. We had heard good reviews from friends that had eaten there and were not the least bit disappointed. The food was absolutely outstanding and the desserts were a wonderful finishing touch. We'll Be Back !!!!!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2017

The food was excellent, we ate off the restaurant week menu and literally finished every bite of food we were given. And Matt did an excellent job as our waiter, providing good service and great food recommendations.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Super food

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

I was overall unimpressed, though there were a few high notes. The signature cocktails are strong; we enjoyed a Salty Dog and a Paper Plane. We enjoyed them with the crusty bread and parmesan flatbread. The pasta, a mushroom gnudi, was delicious, and I wish I'd ordered it as my main dish rather than as an appetizer to share.

The pork chop special was an enormous thick slab of meat, unappetizingly huge, and uninspired in seasoning. The accompanying vegetables, according to my dining partner, were "okay." I ordered the duck, which arrived nearly raw, much too rare for my liking. The skin on the breast was gelatinous, not crispy. I considered sending it back but our waiter did not make frequent appearances, and it got to be too late to return it to the kitchen without holding up the rest of my dining companions. I made do with the duck meatballs that came with it. Dessert, a chocolate bread pudding, was rich and crusty—a great end to a not-so-great meal.

Service was just okay; the waiter was not particularly attentive, but he didn't abandon us completely until it was time to pay the bill.

I don't recall what the others at my table ate, but they seemed overall more pleased with their choices that I and my date were.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

This was my first visit to L'Inizio and it was a winner! I took two friends with me to celebrate one of their birthdays, and we all agreed that the dining experience was excellent. While the decor was less impressive than the food, we were so impressed by the excellent food and service, that we barely noticed the decor. Will be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

L'Inzio is my favorite rivertowns Italian.

Great neighborhood spot with food, ambiance and service that makes it fit for special occasions too. Simply superb food- love the octopus, brussel sprout salad and all pastas (and I do not usually eat pasta). Heather (owner, hostess and pastry chef could not be more accommodating and friendly. In the last year they expanded their bar and have excellent wines, beers and cocktails with a fun crowd.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Food was excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Very consistent food always excellent and husband/wife owners warm and professional. Great experience from start to finish. Great bar as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

This was our second time at L'Inizio. Food was very good, service was very good. It looks unassuming from the outside, but we recommend it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent food and service. A fun place. Call ahead for parking recommendations.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great bar service and spicy margarita. Deeply Disappointed with my meal. The two recommended dishes I ordered, octopus appetizer and pork chop (over cooked) were blanketed with a mix of bland sides that failed to complement their dish.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Excellent food at a very good price point. We had the 30 dinner special. The quality of the food was exceptional. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Outstanding Value, Fun, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Food and service was great. Chef sent out small tasting plates which were delicious. Desserts were spectacular. Nice ambiance. Very friendly staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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