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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

Creative Cuisine (21)
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Casual (14)
Cozy (14)
Good for a Date (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Special Occasion (11)
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)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Delicious and unique and satisfying! Can’t wait to return!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Just ok, but not worth a second visit. I would describe the service as unctuous and awkward. The food is ok, not great. Skip it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Disappointing visit this time. We love this restaurant and will go back. However, all four entrees were cold when we received them. We asked for another glass of wine which never came. Don't know if it was the kitchen or service to blame but it was an embarrassing evening because we had recommended it highly to our guests. They didn't charge us for the dessert and gave us an extra dessert but I would have preferred hot food and my drink. We will go back but not soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Consistently good food, attentive service and a enjoyable place for dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Enjoyed the food very much! The specials were really unique and delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My favorite place! Such wonderful food and cocktails!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This place gets better and better. We have been coming to L'Inizio since it opened and this last visit was the best ever. Just when you think you know what to expect, they outdo themselves. The food was creative, and amazingly delicious. We eat out a lot (too much) and we had just been saying that nothing thrilled us and then L'Inizio did more than that. Between us we had a super tender and delicious tuna dish - a superb pork roast, a linguine in a buratta sauce that was incredible with great meatballs and a ravioli dish that was wonderful - our apps were all wonderful and side veggies were creative and delicious. This is the best chef in the county by far. Drinks as always were great - we love the barrel aged options and the wine list. And last but not least desserts were great, not an afterthought at all - even our non-sweet eaters dug in. It was a perfect meal. The service is always on point - polite, helpful, but not obtrusive. We have to come more often as this place is a gem and on another level than other restaurants around. The only "downside" if you can call it that is that it's a small place so make a reservation for sure.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been going to dine at Linnizio,s since it's opening. And we have continued to do so because of the outstanding food. The food is simply delicious and fresh, the taste cannot match some of the top restaurants in Westchester NY. Many of which we also dine at. The hosts are truly attentive to their customers. It is the best hidden secret in the Hudson Valley. We enjoyed every single meal and visit to Linizio

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

All around terrific meal. All dishes had great flavor. We enjoyed being able to split a full pasta portion. That with one appetizer each was a nice amount of food. Special dessert of Pana cotta bread pudding was terrific. Nothing was heavy, or greasy. One of the best restaurants in teh area, for sure.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This was our second time, and we enjoyed it - but I think for busy nights, patrons would benefit from a second waiter being on-staff. (The waiter is a doll...but a table shouldn't have to wait 25 minutes before a drink order is taken...and that happened simply because he was busy with a large party.)

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very nice place. Have been there before. Wine bottle half price on Tuesdays is a good draw. Food is excellent, ambiance could be better, Our waiter was very nice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food - limited menu. 1234567990”(;:;)$&)(((

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Salty, overcooked pasta. I had the linguini with clam & chorizo. Clams were salty from the brine, and the chorizo is already a salty meat, making it a mouthful of salt. $30 for osso buco, you imagine a decent cut. My husband got 2 small small shanks over some sort of pickled vegetable, not appealing. I think its difficult to find decent restaurants in the suburbs, so less than avg ones like these float to the top. If this was in the city, it would be akin to a bad local neighborhood restaurant rated 17 in Zagat, and would close in months. Its not as bad as Tony DiNapoli in Times Sq, but it certainly isn't Scarpetta, Perla, or even a hole in the wall like Uva in the upper east side.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent restaurant! I spontaneously said "hmmmm" as I was eating the chicken liver with pear appetizer😀

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The pasta and chicken pate were outstanding
The desert was very good as well but the serving was on the small side
The service was excellent

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner after a movie. The kale salad was very tasty and the bits of cheese were a tasty addition. My husband loved his abundant prosciutto appetizer (these appetizers were big enough to make ample lunches the next day). My main course of shrimp in a slightly lemony sauced pasta was original and delicious. I confess I've forgotten what my husband's entree was but I remember it was large and satisfying. Coffee and yummy biscotti rounded out and memorable dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

My second time at L'inizio, and it was great. Food is fresh. Service is quick and professional. We ordered the grilled octopus which was delicious. The pasta was cooked perfectly and packed with flavor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was our second time here. Just like last time, the food was very good. We can’t wait to return. Surprised the place wasn’t busier. In my opinion, the best Italian food in Westchester. Not for those looking for chicken parm and spaghetti and meatballs. This is real Italian food with local flavor.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved it! Food was exceptional..chose the branzino .....Sauce was amazing! My husband had the rigatoni bolognese...also amazing!
Not our first visit...and won't be our last!
Lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber in our small village!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

One of our favorite places.
Everything always GREAT!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food was amazing, not one thing we ordered was ordinary or unpleasant. The portions were quite large and given that it was restaurant week, was surprising. Typically during restaurant week the potion size is half of what you would normally expect.

The only draw back is that the acoustics in the restaurant are poor and they were playing what they deemed "Halloween music" and it was loud. Not sure how Santana became Halloween music, but oh, well. We asked to have the music turned down a bit and they complied. The music was the only flaw.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

A suburban spot that feels more like the city. Food was subtle, creative, fresh. Portions weren't too massive. Note that you can BYOB but there is a $25 corkage fee.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and service were amazing

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

I am a frequent customer and this time was very disappointed in a couple of basics that this restaurant could improve on very simply. To get specific, their promise that bread would be arriving was unkept and after them dropping off our glass of wine still no bread, which had me get up from our table and seek someone out (one Waiter seemed to not be there at all mentally) to ask that they bring bread which came in small chips that had been picked over.
2) chicken Milanese, a special, severely disappointed as I expected arugula on top of the cutlet but it was underneath and totally steamed and unappetizing. As a garnish was puréed squash whose texture and taste are not complementary and were unappealing.
Service remains sketchy at this restaurant, people circle around but don't really offer service.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I was recommended by a friend and it turned out to be great I loved the home made pasta dishes . Waiters were great it was relaxing we came with a few friends and they loved it also

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious food and a good selection of dishes. Service is attentive but not overbearing. Definitely go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The people on staff were attentive throughout our meal. The food was great. Only small issue was that the tables are close together, and restaurant is small and felt cramped. Overall, however, it was a very nice experience and we'd definitely go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food is always wonderful and the hospitality and attention to service is unparalleled.
Always a fine dining experience.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We keep coming back for the food because it's truly exceptional. The space is a little crowded and loud but the menu is always exciting and the atmosphere celebratory.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

great food, great ambiance, great service = we'll come back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious food.
Perfect service.
Doesn't get much better than here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have been here many times and the food and service are always exceptional.
Must get the chocolate tart!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant many times and enjoyed good food - not great - but trying to be gourmet. We made the mistake of going on Saturday night at 7:00. Impossible to hear ourselves think, let alone talk. One waiter who was overwhelmed and didn't bring drinks in a timely manner. Obviously we're in the minority because the place was packed!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food, worth going just for the burger and potatoes (not just fries) but the menu is too special not to try other options as well.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Casual, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Very loud
Food very salty,almost inedible

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 29, 2017

48 th Anniversary date night

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The food is always creative and flavorful. We are never disappointed. The service staff is very friendly and attentive. At times it can be noisy, but overall is a wonderful experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always a great experience at L'Inizio. Decided to stay at the bar and try the new additions to the bar menu. The chicken sliders are amazing. Still I believe the best burger in Westchester! Great friendly service and always a pleasure to try one of Chef Scott's new creations!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Tapas, Seasonal, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

As much as we always think of L'Inizio as a neighborhood kind of place and do enjoy the food, I'm finding lately that the prices are high (there is a price fixe Sun-Thurs which my husband opted for), the menu despite trying to be creative errs on the side of trendy. It might be imaginative to point out Sicilian lemons or capers but all of this on a menu is too much information. It's like bragging and I'd like to see less of that when I go out for dinner. A couple of additional creative pastas would be nice and Market fish of the day was trout of which I am not a fan.
(Is it so hard to keep a classic Caesar salad as an appetizer?) . The menu seems as if it's been so finely honed that it has become limited. Short ribs of beef ...enough already.
How about a nice classic veal scallopini or is that not politically correct for l' Inizio's clientele?
A couple came in as we were having our first course and left because we overheard them say she was vegan. I know in restaurant business you can't please everyone 100% of the time but this Tues night found the restaurant less than 1/2 full.
The desserts are fabulous as always...thanks Heather, you shine, but kale, kale, kale enough already w/ the short ribs (too heavy for summer dining).
Thanks for listening.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great Ardsley Italian spot. The food is done very well - always interesting specials. I must admit we eat mostly at the small bar room connected to the restaurant, but have eaten at in the main dining room as well. It's the date night go to. Good wines, good service, and a great meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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