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L'inizio - L'inizio, Ardsley, NY

L'inizio

4.4
4.4
1200 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 Tuesday through Sunday. L’inizio is closed on Monday. We can’t wait to see you!
Please remember, our outdoor patio is closed for the season

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (914) 693-5400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Scott Fratangelo

  • Private party facilities

    Have an upcoming birthday or corporate dinner? We would be honored to host your next private event! Call today and ask for David to get more information about our private dining options.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Fratangelo: (917) 856-3212

  • Neighborhood

    Ardsley

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,200 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Westchester / Hudson Valley

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful, intimate little Italian restaurant. All three courses were extremely rich, particularly the prosciutto de Parma to start, which was some of the best I’ve had. Only complaint is that service was a little spotty, for example: The waiter asked for my order 5 seconds after I had sat down The appetizer came out while I was in the restroom There was a massive wait between appetizer and main course Asked for club soda, did not receive it until 20 mins later In fairness to them, they acknowledged the long wait between courses by giving me a free fried cauliflower appetizer, which was outstanding. Will definitely be back. Food was absolutely on par with Mulino’s, perhaps even a hair better.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Can’t imagine why some write-ups are so good. Overall experience lacking; perhaps because restaurant was empty on a Thursday night but service not gracious or responsive. The bread should have been given to the birds but salad and cauliflower appetizer very good. Entrees were average; salmon special small portion and overpriced. Were not offered dessert or coffee, took the check and departed.
  3. s

    sherryr

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Appetizers and food came out together Our company finished and we were still not given our entrees
  4. BK

    BruceK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious! Had the Market Steak and it was amazing!
  5. DC

    DanielleC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You’ll never have a bad experience here. Creste di Gallo is the best pasta I’ve ever eaten. Spiced pear martini is perfect. The cheesecake is unreal. Service is attentive and incredibly accommodating.
  6. MG

    MichaelG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The Salmon was incredibly salty. Service was very slow. Overrated and to expensive for what they offered
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A gem. The food was delicious. The service was attentive but not overbearing.
  8. JA

    JAG5

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Not a good experience. Food is odd. Chef seems to want to do his own take on classics but unsuccessfully. Unusual preparations. Too much salt, heavy handed with citrus. Don’t put citrus on my mushrooms! Stop putting citrus on everything. Oh, and take it easy with the vinegar in the scarpariello. The potatoes were ruined. Practically inedible. Sausage was tasteless. Try some restraint. Previous visit much better, now will never go back.
  9. BY

    BobY

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This was our first visit to this restaurant. I would describe it as a local restaurant with upscale food. The barrel aged Negroni cocktail was excellent as well as the melon salad appetizer. My wife ordered the butter nut squash parmesan entree, while I ordered the chicken piccata. Both were very good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. You don't need to go to Manhattan for good food.
  10. H

    Heli

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Limited menu but the food is excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    This used to be our favorite spot pre-pandemic so this visit was especially disappointing. This was just not the fine dining experience that we had hoped for on a special family occasion -and for those prices. Sat at the plastic furniture on asphalt in the back with little to no decoration or ambiance. Kale salad was mostly goat cheese. The wait for entrees was ridiculous, nearly an hour. No apology from the wait staff. When asked they just said “the kitchen was backed up”. Did they forget to put in the order?? Had to ask for bread twice and second time never came. Felt like we were second priority. Overall food was very tasty but stingy on the portion size and seafood.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was fine. Service not so great. Seemed like a chore to wait on tables.
  13. LS

    LeesaS

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, perfect service, great welcome when we arrived. We couldn’t love it anymore!
  14. JR

    JuanR

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    food was outstanding, especially the ricotta with honey appetizer. Martini was great. Outdoor dining not recommended. Hostess was very friendly and accommodating. We will be back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Pasta was way too overcooked. Super mushy! I didn’t expect that in this type of restaurant.
  16. VR

    VincenzaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very tasty and creative offerings. Enjoyed the additions to the evening menu.
  17. C

    Customerkate

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Sat on unappealing back patio which was next to a parking lot on one side and a garden on other.
  18. CK

    ChristineK

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every meal I’ve ever eaten here has been wonderful. This was no different. They really do an exemplary job, with delicious food and excellent service.
  19. HF

    HowardF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food and service here are amazingly good. The outdoor garden patio was extremely disappointing, though. Apparently, the garden is not leased by the restaurant and it has been largely cut down by the neighboring tenant. So there is no ambiance for outside dining whatsoever even though the website promised there would be. The patio abuts an auto repair shop and a parking lot. So, best to eat indoors. Again, overall AMAZING for food and service, indoors which is really what matters if eating indoors.
  20. T

    Tomny

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Very limited menu. Several chicken entrees, a few pastas, few seafood choices, no veal. Dessert menu uninspired. Expected more after reading a few positive reviews. Not bad but not worth a second visit for us.
  21. PB

    PhylB

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was excellent. The wait staff was accommodating, however the two people who might have been in charge were angry and unpleasant.
  22. CD

    ChristopherD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a great experience, food quality and presentation was amazing and the service was flawless.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening! Top notch!
  24. LD

    LouD

    New York Area

    104 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    For A wonderful And Memorable Dining Experience, Linizio Should Be At The Top Of Your List. David The Onwer Treats You Like Family. Kim Was Very Attentive And Responsive To All Our Request. The Staff Works Together Enhancing Your Meal. Linizio Is A Neighborhood Gem. Lou D
  25. 4

    4friends

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. It was a quiet and lovely spot to catch up with friends. We liked out desserts, too!
  26. AK

    AlayneK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heathers warm welcome, the wait staff’s knowledge and efficiency and the scrumptious food made for a perfect dinner!!!
  27. RR

    RobertR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The specials WERE special!
  28. JN

    JordanN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a warm welcome walking in, the entire staff and owners are so hospitable. Beautiful decor smartly decorated. Good wine list and excellent food. Can’t wait to visit again next time I am in town. By the way, we could hear all of our surrounding tables expressing their enjoyment of the food as well. Moms birthday was a success!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Third visit in 2 years here. Good: best spicy margarita around But: they never seem to put all the elements together right; never the same problem -- new issue every time. I think we're done here.
  30. OE

    Out2Eat

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Uncomfortably warm. Bad odor coming from the men's room adjacent to the bar. Service was good. Appetizers were very good, one entrée was good the other was not. Bread was stale. Overall, this experience was inferior to the several other times we ate here.
  31. SH

    SH54

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Decided to sit outside even though the indoor ambiance is quite nice. Outside is a converted parking area with some lighting and gardens. Food was great. Service was friendly and good even though they apologized upon our arrival about being understaffed for the 4th of July weekend. We’ll be back!
  32. MN

    MegN

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience here - great food and great service.
  33. DM

    DMGS

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is creative, delicious and unbelievably fresh, fabulous ingredients! The owner’s/chef/pastry chef make you feel right at home. We have never ordered anything we didn’t totally enjoy. Definitely a go to spot for us
  34. a

    ateitall

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I thought the food was very good. My one issue with it was that it was very heavily sauced. It was flavorful but over done. The service was friendly but a bit slipshod - two different people coming to take orders after it had already been given. The portions were generous. Overall, a very nice meal.
  35. KS

    KatieS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Westchester, L'inizio never disappoints. Everything on the menu--from savory to sweet--is made fresh in-house daily. Chef Scott and his team make extraordinary dishes out of the simplest of ingredients. He uses a lot of produce from local farm Hilltop Hanover. With many restaurants using premade sweets, it is refreshing to find pastry chef Heather's selection. And here's a tip... Always flip the menu for the specials! We find them innovative and delicious. The wine list is clearly carefully curated (ask trained sommelier David for a recommendation) and the cocktails are always amazing. Love the outdoor seating when it is nice weather. We also hosted a private event in their back room that left our guests wowed.
  36. SF

    StevenF

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and food was excellent. It was the first time our friends came to the restaurant and they enjoyed our dinner as well.
  37. ET

    EasyTraveller

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily one of Westchester's very best Italian restaurants.
  38. B

    Barb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. I could eat the Creste di gallo with wild mushrooms every night. David is an awesome host. My favorite restaurant in Westchester.
  39. BH

    BrandiH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ate outside on a chilly night but the waiter was outstanding and brought a heat lamp over to us. The food was delicious and so were the cocktails. We had a great time.
  40. r

    robertd

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding and creative food. Nice people. Totally enjoyed our dining experience and will be back. I would suggest some work to make the outside "garden" a much more inviting play.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

L'inizio is rated 4.4 stars by 1200 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for L'inizio

698 Sawmill River Rd., Ardsley, NY 10502

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Ardsley

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott Fratangelo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (914) 693-5400

  • Private party facilities

    Have an upcoming birthday or corporate dinner? We would be honored to host your next private event! Call today and ask for David to get more information about our private dining options.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Fratangelo: (917) 856-3212

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