First Look at L’Inizio in Ardsley


l'inizio in ardsley

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.

l'inizio in ardsley

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,



About Author

Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.


  1. What happened to Italian kitchen? That was fast!
    His space is the old Guisepe’s from my childhood! Wishing them great success!

  2. Working with Scott at Harvest on Hudson was so much fun. I miss him in the kitchen! Looking forward to sampling his creative dishes at L’Inizio.

  3. Just got through reading the article about your new restaurant in the Westmore News. As for me, when I spend over $100 for two, and I usually do, I prefer tablecloths. That is what I call dining, not just eating. The last place I went had tablecloths and a thick piece of white paper over the cloth, to preclude having to change the cloth each time. I absolutely hate to put my utensils on a bare table. Not very sanitary. Because you do not have something on your tables, I wouldn’t go to your restaurant, but I do admire your venture and wish you well. This comment is made to try to help you double your business. The food sounds great, and the prices are perfect for great food. But no tablecloths or at least a piece of thick paper that would be changed between patrons — not my cup of tea. And I eat out all the time at the best restaurants. Hope this helped.

  4. We dined at your restaurant last Saturday. A party of six in the back room. I found the food to be very, very good, but not “excellent”. The atmosphere was terrible. It was so noisy that it made the experience unpleasant. It gave me a headache. Plus, every time one of the wait staff marched into the back room the floor shook. Very unpleasant. Service was just OK. Drinks were overpriced.

    I live in Tarrytown where there are many restaurants from which to choose. Good food, less expensive, good atmospheres.

    Hope you understand what needs to be fixed to survive.

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