L'inizio

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834 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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!
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy as always!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great! Waiter said “apologies for the delay. Everyone came in at once.” It was a Friday night , the place should expect a lot of people to come in at once on a Friday. Also, I expect that people there would make reservations, etc. therefore, you should know and staff appropriately. There were a lot of servers and limited waiters. Maybe the waiter was just new. Other than that, vibe and food was great. Service was “okay “, nothing exceptional.

F
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a perfect dinner! Our favorite place!

l
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'inizio is one of my favorite restaurants. Reliable good food - great food! Friendly service. Nice atmosphere. Always something new to try and servers are so knowledgable.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food — especially the pastas — as usual. Heather (Co-owner) is wonderful. Service is really nice and not overbearing. Drinks are outstanding. Only wish is that they wouldn’t overdress the salads!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great but I think they need some gluten free options on the menu. I have a gluten allergy and was told what I ordered was gluten free but not sure that was true since I was sick after but the food was delicious. I am willing to bet the chicken scarpiello had some flour in the sauce

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and really cool ambiance. Love the small restaurant feel.

F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh those Fratanagelo chefs! Chef Scott changes it up weekly and this week he offered a scrumptious risotto with chorizo and fresh corn. Wow! Chef Heather conjured up an exquisite S’mores panna cotta with a sublime chocolate “pudding” lower layer, melted milk chocolate on top of that and a torched marshmallow to finish it off. Housemade graham crackers on the side. The 2 David’s, Eddie and Luis continue to provide excellent service. A Michelin Star candidate restaurant if there ever was one. Speed there!

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic creative homemade pastas in a quaint and cozy environment. Great find!

RF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Delicious, very reasonable prices food.

b
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We gave L'inizio another try after several years. They seem to have a nice menu and we'd love to like it. BUT we had another extremely disappointing experience. On the positive side, appetizers and salads were good. We were at the restaurant for a good 1/2 hour before we finally got our drinks. My husband ordered a dirty martini, and when he asked for extra olive juice (to actually make the martini dirty) the waitress admitted she could not find any. The service was awful, down to the maître d "auctioning" our entrees when he brought them to the table. My pasta needed salt and more cheese, but the waitress didn't come back to us for a long time after food was delivered. This was our third and final attempt to eat at L'inizio. I have no idea how they survive.

IJ
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never a disappointment, they were busy when my husband and I arrived so we grabbed a drink at the bar to pass the time. Food was incredible and finished with the s’mores dessert. Great for date night

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Been there many times. Overall disappointing visit

CZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants! Whether it is a meal with friends, or a celebration with family, L'inizio never disappoints! We love Chef Scott and Pastry Chef Heather!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Three of us dined at Linizios on a wednesday evening. We all ordered from the prix fixe menu. The roasted cauliflower appetizer was different and delicious. Both of the pastas dishes we ordered were outstanding. The sauces were wonderful. The desserts as always were incredible! Linizios remains a local favorite

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing homemade pasta, delicious dessert. 5 stars!!!

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. Heather is always so warm and friendly. The food is fresh and inventive. The service is consistently excellent.

HK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my friends birthday. The food was absolutely delicious and the service fabulous. We will definitely return!

CK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were impeccable as always. Truly delicious and a wonderful night out!

CF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little find! Terrific food and wine. Burrata salad was insanely good.

P
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is outstanding. Every dish was remarkable. The squash lasagna, mozzarella, pate, hummus all spectacular.

e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite special local restaurant

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This is a pretty place - especially the bar. We were greeted and immediately informed they were short-handed. Welcome!

We ordered one of the special appetizers, to be told they ran out a few minutes later - it was barely 7pm.

Everyone agreed that the food was good, but not outstanding enough to warrant the prices (come on, a nearly $30 bowl of pasta should be IMPRESSIVE) and portions were less-than-generous.

One person in our party asked if they could make cacio e pepe - not an unreasonable or demanding request, and one that most chefs are happy to accommodate - and was shut down immediately. Our server wasn’t even willing to ask in the kitchen.

The bread wasn’t impressive until it was toasted, then it was amazing. The burrata was the stingiest, most reluctant portion I’ve ever seen, surrounded by delicious things. We had to request more grilled bread to accommodate our appetizers, a request that was not well-received. Was the chef in the back terrorizing the staff over every request? It sure seemed like it. Our servers seemed knowledgeable and competent, but seemingly under pressure.

We all felt that two of the pastas were slightly over-cooked, but we didn’t feel comfortable reporting it.

This was a celebratory meal, and we felt rushed throughout, though it wasn’t a busy evening. Appetizers were cleared so quickly, it was hard to relax. It felt glum and serious and less-than-gracious. Not a joyful or cheerful environment. We’re enthusiastic eaters & drinkers and wanted to have fun. We’d easily have ordered another bottle of wine and dessert anyplace else.

Wine glasses weren’t sparkly clean, which they should always be.

It felt like the check was slapped on the table before I even finished saying ‘No thank you’ to dessert! Our server returned to pick it up before I even looked it- that’s how rushed it was. We still had plenty of wine in our glasses.

A good restaurant should make you feel welcome, a great one makes you feel valued. We felt neither.

RD
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Linzio and it DID NOT disappoint! Every thing about our meal from the moment we alked in until we left was delightful. The food and wine was exquisite as was the service.

We will be back again!!

FC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I will definitely eat at L'inizio again, but I have to say my carbonara was a little disappointing. It was far too salty. However, everything else is great and our companions loved their meals.

MG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly helpful stay and excellent good perfectly portioned.

RA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there. Everything from the food the service and the ambiance was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique, everything was excellent

CQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have lived in area 20+years and have seen iterations of this restaurant. From my attempts to master the parking meter to receiving the check, staff are pleasant and attentive. A beautiful dinner experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, pleasant experience. Would definitely go back.

ML
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!

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H
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing- flavors are wonderful and very original. A total gem of a restaurant.

SM
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This must be the best Italian food in Westchester. It is an intimate dining experience with attentive staff.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We LOVE this restaurant. The food is so good and the staff is wonderful.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy , great food and very nice service.

NC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our meals at L’inizio! Mother’s Day brunch was amazing as expected: steak & eggs, omelette, French toast, burger, Brussels, avocado toast! Yum! Always wonderful!

m
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. The halibut was wonderfully prepared and was the cauliflower appetizer. The donuts for dessert are amazing. Will come back.

P
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at L'inizio was wonderful. The menu was unique and not cookie cutter. The staff was really helpful ( we had a handicapped diner). They explained the menu beautifully. I would absolutely recommend L'inizio.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The pork dish that I ordered was just fabulous. One of the best dinners ever. Can’t rave enough about this meal!

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