When Scott and Heather Fratangelo decided to walk away from their successful restaurant, Spigolo, on the Upper East Side, it wasn’t for lack of ideas.
The husband and wife team moved out of the city two years ago and hopes to add to the Westchetser community— in the former home of Italian Kitchen— a neighborhood Italian joint serving lots of seafood, housemade sausage, fresh pasta and delicate Italian pastries. L’Inizio opens January 24.
“That was the dynamic thing about New York,” says chef Scott Fratengelo. “Of course you have regulars, but then you develop a place with people where this is really a community.”
The menu is Italian-inspired, so expect the traditional pasta, antipasto and secondi headings, but items will change seasonally. Ingredients are all locally sourced, something Fratangelo says, “goes without saying.”
Fratangelo admits he has a soft spot for gnocchi, so one of the premiering dishes that has him particularly jazzed is the Yukon potato gnocchi, served with Long Island duck ragout.
L’Inizio’s wine list, curated by Fratangelo’s sister-in-law who happens to be sommelier, presents 50 worldly bottles.
And in an effort to repeat the success of Spigolo, Heather Fratangelo will assume the role of gracious hostess and pastry chef.
L’Inizio, 698 Sawmill River Rd., Ardsley, 914-693-5400, www.liniziony.com.