L'inizio

4.5
1050 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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 1050 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
c
vipcoreyman97
New York Area
222 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

F
Foodasfuel
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good food and service. The waitress was very attentive. Would eat there again.

R
vipRed372
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, service & very accommodating in terms of seating preference.

JP
JoseP
New York Area
12 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

A
vipAlly
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish!! Best restaurant in Westchester 😊🍷🍽

JW
JoannaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, delicious food, overall great dining experience!

F
Foodie2
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not sure how this place got to #7 on Westchester magazine...the bar did mot have the brand of gin that we drink., the menu was limited my veal samtibucca was dry and over cooked, my husband's sauce was ok...his birthday was ruined..worse meal i had in a very long time!!!!

TC
TC711
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food/service was amazing!
One of our new favorite restaurants

PA
vipPaulA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never disappointed. Our go to place for a relaxing evening with great food.

DW
DebW
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good and service were outstanding! It was a little brighter than it has been in past so ambience not as great.

JG
JGW1
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Were able to move us inside when rain was forecasted. Very attentive waitstaff, food excellent and always great options on menu.

JH
JudyH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

loved the food BUT female waitress was NOT on top of her game

r
roxy
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner at L'inizio. The staff was lovely and welcoming and our table was fine though I was surprised that two other diners were seated next to us in a largely empty room. The table was next to the air conditioner, which was a bit much on a cool evening. The potato chips were fantastic as were the clams appetizer. We had to ask for some bread since there was no way we were going to let the sauce on the clams go to waste. I had a couple of issues with the black pepper carbonara. For one, I felt the pasta was overcooked. And I also thought that it was a bit overcomplicated for what should be a very simple dish. My husband ate every last bit of his octopus and my son loved his pasta as well. I was extremely surprised that a couple of the pastas that included seafood also included Parmesan in their ingredient lists, which prevented me from ordering them. My entree was the chicken scarpariello, which was very tasty, but by then I was too full for more than a few bites. My husband loved his chicken parmigiana, which he got with a side of pasta marinara. That pasta was also a bit overcooked to my taste and was far more complicated than a marinara ought to be. My son really enjoyed his pork tenderloin, which was a special. We both loved the bombaloni but we were disappointed that they were cake donuts rather than raised donuts. However, it didn't stop us from enjoying every last bite. We will certainly return, but I will definitely specify al dente for the pasta next time.

SM
SandraM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is very creative,beautifully prepared and outstandibg

MC
MatthewC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Atmosphere is small café, quiet and romantic.

J
Jade
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent. Wish they would have given bread before hand while waiting for our dishes versus with the meal. (Skimpy on bread serving) also, charged for refills on sodas when very small glasses.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Medium rare burger came out rare.

A
Andrea
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best food we’ve eaten in Westchester. This little restaurant puts out some big flavor. We had baked clams with bacon, delicious, pasta with wild
mushrooms, kale and truffle oil, so good, and chicken scarp, also great. Panna cotta dessert, amazing. Nice cocktails, wine and service. We sat inside which was very pleasant, they’ve fixed up their outdoor area which is essentially just a blacktop area and made it charming with a pretty tent and lighting. One suggestion would be to spruce up the entry way where the hostess stand is. Put some flowers and get rid of the ugly
plastic coat hangers and clutter. We will be back.

I
vipIeatmostlyitalian
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Good food but: My wife and I shared a salad as our first course. We asked the gentleman who brought it to our table for 2 plates so we could share. He said “use those” pointing at our small bread plates. I asked for larger plates and he delivered 2 more small bread plates. Later in the meal I asked for more water and he said “ask your waiter.” I never had an experience like this before in a highly regarded restaurant. I didn’t complain or skimp on the tip, but I won’t go back.

m
vipmusicdoc
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been fans of L’inizio for several years but picked it for a special birthday dinner this week. We were so glad we did. This lovely restaurant weathered the pandemic with true grit and seems to have doubled down on getting all the flavors even more spectacular. Service has always been a standout and this visit was no exception. The chef has a really keen sense of what tastes best together, dishes are subtlety complex even smell fragrant and tempting. There are excellent fresh and marinated vegetables incorporated into most dishes in a way that enhances the taste and adds a snap or flavor buzz to what might have been ordinary. I can’t exactly place the region of Italy represented but it’s more Northern in general... never was a “red sauce” menu.... and it pays to let this talented chef show what he can do with more creative delicate and garden-fresh selections throughout. Because it was a special occasion we splurged on two delicious glasses of bubbly Cava and had a decadent honey covered ricotta which we spread on toasted bread. We had wonderful Burrata and a great salad, followed by flat iron steak over roasted pearl onions and an unusual but fascinating chicken parmigiana covered with arugula- more like a Milanese but so aromatic and satisfying. Dessert was also a great treat. Don’t miss the bombolini (sp?) with chocolate sauce. This was more than we can normally ingest- but birthdays come and go and we were happy to be at a truly fine restaurant and start to feel more normal again. In a nutshell- this is excellent cuisine and the quality just keeps getting finer and more delicious with each visit. And no, we didn’t have pasta- although we almost always do- and we know that they are mostly if not all made in-house and are delicious. This was a memorable evening which we agreed long afterwards was a wonderful choice for our special occasion.

E
Elerby
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was super delicious. Staff is nice. We sat outside and there was a small issue with service, but they pulled it back together and the rest of our night was lovely. This restaurant is really good. Note that I a rarely give 5 stars.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we had. Great people. Great place.

PA
vipPaulA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. You can always be assured that you're going to have a good time whether you dine alone or with friends.

AB
AdamB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food, great wines, wonderful service and moderately priced!

S
vipShoreluv2eat
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and a great experience!

EK
vipEricK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was a ware. No crab in the pasta special, actually thought it was Parmesan cheese it was so small. The pancetta was only far and nothing else. I made a pile on one side of the plate and waiter didn’t say or ask anything. Took 15 minutes for the check.

Don’t waste your time or money

RG
vipRGAfoodie
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is a favorite restaurant in southern Westchester. The food is always creative and excellent. Strongly recommended.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service wasn’t great. My food was delicious but my husbands chicken parm was just so so.

C
vipCocoloco
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time! This was my son‘s 20th birthday, and we decided to celebrate with you and your family!. The food was superb and the service was excellent. We were well taken care of by our server. This is a must stop when in the Ardsley/Dobbs ferry area. Or, anywhere! It’s worth the trip from wherever you are coming from! Can’t wait to go back again! Thank you to all!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was great , service mediocre.

DD
DrDoughnut
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

One of our waiters was charming and thoughtful; the other looked like he thought we were too much of a hassle. Food was 75% great and 25% average -- the average being the carbonara, which didn't work for us. We should have gotten the pappardelle in meat sauce, which we were mistakenly given instead of what we ordered (but was then taken away).

SA
vipSherryA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Fish was cold, pasta carbonara had no flavor despite having many ingredients in it. Waiter was very nice and accommodated us by taking everything back and comping our entrees.

s
suledo
London
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and service is great... but dining outside in a parking lot leaves a bit to be desired. The indoor setting is always nice so hopefully they
will improve the outside location with a few more plants to block the parking lot/ garage and some lights and effective heaters.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, always enjoy it!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

d
vipdebif
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the most spectacular meals I haven’t eaten in a very long time. Ample portions, easy to share, incredible flavor, fresh, inventive, and every other word you can think of. Live in the city that will drive up to Ardsley regularly!

ST
STLMO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the service and meal at L'inizio were excellent. The black pepper rigatoni carbonara had a subtle kick to it and was outstanding.

v
vipvetmom
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and good service. Nice outdoor patio

W
Wendyb
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We ate outside the other night and the parking lot back area is without a view- we had a semi view of a Toyota Camry—- but the food is outstanding and the service was terrific! Would definitely go back!!

FAQs

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

L'inizio is rated 4.5 stars by 1050 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.