L'inizio

4.6
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872 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Cozy and delish as promised. Great deal on restaurant week. Portions a little small. Waiter never introduced himself. Chicken and pasta were excellent. Bread could have come faster and been warmed. Would go back.

SI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent restaurant with no disappointments. Everything fresh, well prepared and well presented. Highly recommended.

F
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We went there for restaurant week and the food (bronzino and the pasta) was very good and service was excellent despite ordering from the restaurant week special menu. Will certainly return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice experience and food was delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is some of the best food in Westchester. Small place, so book early. Great drinks, terrific pastas. Same room for homemade desserts. One of our favorites.

MV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place and the couple that owns it. The chicken dishes and scallop dishes were outstanding. The 18 month old prosciutto appetizer is a must each time. Deserts of apple crisp and pumpkin cake were outrageous. Heather's bombolini desert creation is outstanding though we did not choose it this time. Must experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the best meal we’ve had in Westchester since moving up here 3 years ago from the city. We will definitely be back!!

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is so well prepared and delicious and the desserts are “to die for”!

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Creative dishes perfectly prepared with an adequate wine list and exceptional wine Recomendations

WF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

The manager told the table that they do not accept Open Table rewards.

BH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was outstanding. Wonderful little place. My family loved it.

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely and charming place with great food and wine!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Romantic and cozy with a fantastic menu! Seasonal dishes including Hudson valley pastrami spiced pork and a mixed seafood black linguini. Delicious wine list and overall great drinks. The rigatoni carbonara is a must. Service is impeccable. Cheers!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Lovely space, pretty good food, horrendous service. We were seated and greeted promptly, but it was all downhill from there. Appetizers (cauliflower, shishitos, and a salad) took about 15-20 minutes to arrive, and we're quite tasty. We then waited over an hour for our entrees. Other tables were seated and ate 3 courses during that time. We asked several times about out food and we're assured things were on their way, then 10 minutes would pass, and nothing. We ultimately had our food packed up to go and, by the time we ate at home, it was decent. The restaurant comped drinks and threw in a couple desserts, but honestly, despite the manager's profuse apologies, it hardly made up for the poor experience. We might give it another try, but I'm not rushing to go back.

s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious meal from start to finish. Perfect for date night!

l
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We know we will have a great dinner and evening at L'inizio. Great service, great food, great drinks. I always look forward to going there.

DF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This gem is a favorite of mine for catching up with friends over a great drink and a delicious meal. I highly recommend it!

BB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

It started with a waiter asking us questions but not paying attention to our answers. A dish that was requested to be dairy free arrived with dairy and then needed to be changed. I have been there before but The food was mediocre and it seems the restaurant has gone downhill. Too bad.

e
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and service. Parking (in the rain, no less) is problematic. The tiny lot next door was full, and the meters in front are 15 minutes only, until 7 or 7:30. We had to park across a busy street in the lot of a store closed for the evening.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

Having made a reservation, we were disappointed to have to wait over 20 minutes for a table. The owner/hostess was not friendly, nor did she do a good job communicating what was going on. The sommelier made it up to us by sending free wine and was very nice to us, but it was not how we expected to start the evening.

The food was very good, and we enjoyed everything we ate. A shame that the experience started on the wrong foot.

C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It was a very busy restaurant and the staff were nice. It took too long to get served and I found the food overthought. There were too many ingredients on the plate on top of my pork chop(too much balsamic) my fried ordered hangar steak and that also came with many ingredients under the steak and the steak was pre sliced. My husband had pasta that had very little flavor. We ordered grilled octopus for an appetizer and again, too fussy. Not my kind of place and I could hardly hear. Bottom line. Food too Fussy. Too many ingredients

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

There were 2 wailing toddlers at 7pm on a Saturday night. It was super annoying

t
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

always a great experience at l'inzio. excellent food, unbelievable staff we will be back again and again

l
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was really wonderful. Excellent antipasti platter, delicious bucatini special and market fish was terrific! Chocolate tart was also yummy. Highly recommended.

EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. We are gluten intolerant and they were able to provide us many options. The gluten free pasta was delicious.

D
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had been to this restaurant several years ago and recollect at that time that the food was superb. I was thrilled to see that nothing has changed. Excellent food, service and overall experience. Delicious corn salad, amazing pan seared Bronzino - said my guest and my pasta was scrumptious. Great local find!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything here is always fresh, creative, and delicious.

CI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The chef has a really nice flare for creative touches, and every dish we've had here has been delicious. Would characterize the food as New-Italian/New-American. Portions area fairly large, unusual for fare this interesting and good. Not inexpensive, but if you're looking for an informal, neighborhood spot with outstanding food, this is it.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very enjoyable evening. Service and food were great. Nice intimate ambience.

NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and experience. Will return.

J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The appetizers were fantastic and the main entrees were spot on with flavor and texture. I will be returning to the restaurant in the next few months.

ML
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still the best food in the county - no one else even comes close.

RR
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is divine!!! Even my gourmet husband is so impressed!! Delicious and unique menu options. It has become our #1 favorite restaurant~~~

AA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

L’inizio always has scrumptious and innovative Italian food served in an intimate setting. Love this local treasure!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm welcome, good service and outstanding food!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yummy as always!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

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
36 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, a perfect dinner! Our favorite place!

l
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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!!