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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 a Prix Fixe menu every Monday through Wednesday for $33.00, as well as our 1/2 priced wines on Tuesdays. 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

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
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Good for a Date (16)
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Local Ingredients (12)
Authentic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Seasonal (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Romantic (8)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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