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L'Inizio in Ardsley is a Gem of an Italian Restaurant PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot

Jan. 8, 2020:  L'Inizio, in Ardsley, Is a Gem of an Italian Restaurant

The restaurant is owned and operated by a husband and wife team. Scott (Chef) and Heather (Dessert Maven) Fratangelo turn out innovative dishes with a "philosophy rooted in sustainable, artisanal farm to table ingredients." 

The restaurant is cozy and inviting with subtle gray walls, nice lighting, and interesting oil paintings of fruits and vegetables. It is also an easy drive from Bronxville.

Start your dining experience with Barrel Aged Cocktails ($15) of Bourbon, Tequila, and Gin, which has been aged in American charred oak barrels for two weeks. 

There are five other cocktails to choose from, and also red or white wine by the glass priced from $9 to $13.

We began our dinner from the Per Tavolo section of the menu, which means "to share" in Italian. We thoroughly enjoyed the special Crostini of ricotta, crispy pancetta, mushrooms, and roasted peppers. 

The next category on the menu was Primi, which included creative salads such as Warm Winter Squash Salad of brie cheese, cranberry, pepitas, and balsamic.

We tried three of Chef Scott's Pasta offerings: Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a brown butter maple sauce with mascarpone and crispy Brussels sprouts; Capenelle pasta with escarole, white beans, and chorizo, and Beef Bolognese with ground beef, pappardelle, and peas in a tasty tomato sauce. 

My husband claimed that the second special was "the best Bolognese that I have ever had" because it was deconstructed and full of texture. 

You can order full or half portions of pasta, which is quite appealing.

The Secondi section of the menu includes a Market Fish, Chicken Scarpariello, Butternut Squash Cutlet Parmigiana, Market Steak, a Pastrami Spiced Pork Tenderloin and a Gouda Burger.

You must finish your outstanding dinner with something from the Dolci section of menu which includes delicious desserts created by Heather Fratangelo. 

I highly recommend a trendy new dessert, Caramel Affogato Biscotti, and the Bomboloni "Italian Donuts" with cinnamon sugar and coffee panna cotta.

A prix fix three-course menu is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for $33. David Kurdys, the maitre de, and the excellent servers will take good care of you.

L'Inizio means "The Start," and this six-year-old restaurant is just getting better and better.

L'Inizio is located at 698 Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley between Askford Avenue and Center Road.  The phone number is 914- 693-5400www.liniziony.com


Pictured:  Exterior of L'Inizio

Photo courtesy L'Inizio

 

 

Underhills Crossing to Celebrate 25th Anniversary January 21 to 24, 2020

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By Karen Talbot Jan. 15, 2020:  Steven Palm, the masterful, engaging, and successful owner of Underhills Crossing Restaurant, will be celebrating twenty-five years in business on Jan. 21st. He...

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Bakeries & Cafes

Nutmeg

Nutmeg, readily convenient on Main Street in Tuckahoe, serves delicious scones, muffins, tea and short breads, pies, cakes, cookies and a host of savory items. Come into their cheery store, grab a goodie and enjoy a cup of really good coffee or tea. Nutmeg also provides their food items to local caterers and restaurants

64 Main Street. Tuckahoe 

914-779-1328

www.thenutmegcafe.com

 

Caterers

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Bxv Food Fine Catering

Bxv Food Fine Catering caters for sit-down dinners, luncheons, cocktail parties or buffets.  bxvFood can provide unique food, excellent service and inviting ambiance, attending to all of the details, leaving you free to enjoy your guests. bxvFood serves Southern Westchester, Southwestern Conn. and New York city with 80% of his catering done right here in Bronxville's square mile.  Two to three weeks advance notice is preferred for booking a date.  Their specialty and most rewarding meal is a seven-course, seasonal sit-down dinner served in your home for 6-12 guests.

98 Millard Avenue, Bronxville  
914-714-9543
hg@bxvfood.com

Corner Stone Caterers of Rye

544 Milton Road
Rye, New York
www.cornerstonecaterers.com
914-967-0035


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Eastchester Fish Gourmet Catering To Go

Eastchester Fish Gourmet caters expertly prepared food to take out for cocktail parties, dinner parties or special events.  From a quiet dinner for two to a large gathering, Eastchester Fish Gourmet can create a special menu for your event.  All of the seafood purchased here is fresh, never frozen. 
 
837 White Plains Road, Scarsdale  
914-725--3450 x2
eastchesterfish@gmail.com

Glorious Food of New York

504 East 74th Street
New York, New York
www.gloriousfood.com

212-628-2320


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Le Moulin Event Planning & Catering, Ltd.

Le Moulin caters the "Simplest To The Most Elegant Affair," and brings comprehensive event planning experience and attention to every detail which includes Events, Weddings, Corporate Events, Special Affairs and Event Venues. The food is always of high quality, colorful and artistically presented. Corporate clients include leaders in a variety of industries, political associations, the arts and a host of other business and private patrons

1 Pierpointe Street, Yonkers  
914-469-6762

Libby Coverly Cooke Catering And Event Planning

49 Brownhouse Road
Stamford, CT 06902
www.libbycookecatering.com
203-406-9664


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Two Carrot Catering

Two Carrot Catering is a full-service caterer providing creative cuisine combined with personalized service.  From an elaborate wedding to an intimate dinner party or casual buffet luncheon, we can attend to every detail of your affair.  For many years, Two Carrot Catering has formed trusting relationships with their clients, both corporate and private.

Chappaqua, NY
914.238.1431


 
Soups, Salads & Sandwiches

Ladle of Love

Ladle of Love dishes out delicious soups, sandwiches, salads, wraps, hand crafted meals and rotating daily specials.  They also have a Meal Plan Program that is personalized for individuals or families, offering daily or weekly meals which can be customized to dietary preferences and needs.

18 Palmer Avenue, Bronxville

914.346-8883  info@oflovegroup.com

www.ladleoflove.com

 

Wine & Cheese


Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese

Owned by Bronxville's own Ruth Walter and Kevin McNeill, Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese carries traditional varieties of cheese such as manchego, camembert and Irish Cheddar as well as other varieties from a half dozen countries. They also sell specialty breads, baguettes, scones, croissants, olive rye batard and other varieties provided by French baker, Balthazar. Gift baskets and party platters are available to order.  It is also a go to destination for lunch for the school children offering the mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches on white or multi-grain bread and yummy lemonade. 

107 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-361-1770

www.dobbsandbishop.com 


Restaurant Guide

American

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

American

630 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, New York
914-366-9600
www.bluehillfarm.com


Dolphin

Dolphin Restaurant, Bar and Lounge has maximum waterfront dining on the Hudson River.  They have a delicious summer menu and speciality drinks.  Their more casual sister restaurant, Hudson Cafe, is also next door.

American

1 van Der Donck Street
Yonkers, New York 
914-751-8170
www.dolphinrbl.com



Eastchester Fish Gourmet

Eastchester Fish Gourmet is an acclaimed restaurant and fish market located in Scarsdale, New York. Founded by Rick Ross in 1981, Eastchester Fish is a Scarsdale landmark, having served the community for over 30 years.

American

837 White Plains Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-725-3450
www.eastchesterfish.com


Pete's Park Place Tavern

This comfy veteran tavern has been serving beers, burgers & other pub fare since 1937.

18-20 Park Pl, Bronxville, NY 10708

(914) 337-9887


Rebeccas

American
265 Glenville Road
Greenwich, CT
203-532-9270


The Melting Pot

American

30 Mamaroneck Avenue (Next to CVS)
White Plains, NY 10601
www.meltingpot.com


Underhill’s Crossing

Underhills Crossing Restaurant is a great place to meet family or friends for a lite bite, an incredible raw bar & shellfish tower assortment, or a full meal offering seasonal farm fresh ingredients.  The Chef's 3-course prix-fixe tasting menu offers new choices each Thursday.  Fine wines, craft beers and a specially created cocktail menu compliment the menu chef's grill selection, pasta, meat and market-fresh fish dishes.

Underhills Crossing Restaurant is also happy to cater your special event in our house or yours.

American

Menus: www.underhillscrossing.com/menu/
74 ½ Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-1200
www.underhillscrossing.com



Asian

Asiana Café

Pan Asian
140 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut
203-622-6833


Haiku

Pan Asian
56 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-5601


Wild Ginger

Pan Asian
10 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-2198

Delicatessen & Bagels

Lange's of Bronxville

Lange's of Bronxville is a homestyle delicatessen nestled in Bronxville.  For over 3 decades, Lange's has proudly offered an authentic deli and catering experience, serving freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites that keep our customers coming back for more. 

94 Pondfield Road, Bronxville
914.337-3354





French

La Pantiere

French
530 Milton Road
Rye, New York
914-967-8140


Pascal’s

French
141 Chatsworth Avenue
Larchmont, New York
914-834-6685


 

Greek

Opa Opa Fresh Greek.

New casual and friendly Greek restaurant serving fresh homemade specialties in a light and airy setting.  Order for Take-Out…call 914-600-8129 for delivery on Uber Eats or Door Dash.

GREEK

116 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708 
914-600-8129
opafreshgreek@gmail.com

opaopafreshgreek.com




Italian

Ciao

Italian 

5-7 Albanese Place
Eastchester, NY
914-779-4646


Harvest on Hudson

Harvest on Hudson's menu is based on the traditional cuisine of Italy. Chef David Amorelli incorporates the freshest ingredients from the Hudson Valley with our very own vegetable and herb garden into contemporary and creative Italian dishes.

1 River Street • Hastings, NY 10706 

(914) 478-2800

www.harvesthudson.com


Il Bacio Trattoria  

Pizzas, pastas & homemade gelato draw crowds to this no-frills, family-friendly Italian eatery.

Italian

1 Park Place, Bronxville, NY 10708 
914-337-4100
 


Lusardi

Italian

Menu : www.lusardis.com
1885 Palmer Avenue
Larchmont, New York
914-834-5555
www.lusardis.com


Rosie’s Bistro Italiano

Italian 

10 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville, New York
914-793-2000


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Sapori of Scarsdale

A handsome new restaurant serving unique and interesting authentic flavors of Italy, with a new lunch, bar and children’s menu that has both indoor and outdoor café dining.

Mediterranean 

2 Chase Road 

Scarsdale, New York 10583 
914-874-5316
www.saporiofscarsdale.com


Scalini Osteria

Scalini's mission is "to serve delicious, regionally-inspired Italian food that highlights both the simplicity and new age complexity of the country."

Italian

Menu: http://www.scaliniosteria.com/menu/
65 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York
914-337-4935
www.scaliniosteria.com


Terra Ristorante Italiano

Italian

156 Greenwich Avenue
203-628-5222
http://www.zhospitalitygroup.com/terra/


Tredici Social

Italian

Tredici Social serves contemporary Italian food with a modern flair

Menu: https://tredicisocial.com/#menu
104 Kraft Avenue 
Bronxville, New York 
914-793-1313
www.tredicisocial.com



Mexican

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe

7 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

914-337-4000

www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com

@BlueMoonMexCafe

#AtTheMoon 


The Burrito Poblano

85 Main Street, Tuckahoe

914-337-7900

www.theburritopoblano.com 


La Chinita Poblana

61 Main Street, Irvington

914-231-9398

www.chinitapoblanany.com 


Rancho Grande

Highridge Plaza, 1789 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers

914-337-3056

www.ranchograndemex.com 


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The Taco Project

65 Pondfield Road, Bronxville NY

914-356-8226

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Vega

189 Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale

914-723-0010

www.vegamexican.com 

Pizza

Angelina's

97 Lake Avenue, Tuckahoe 

914-779-7944

www.angelinasoftuckahoe.com


Ciao

5 John R. Albanese Place, Eastchester 

914-779-4646

www.ciaoeastchester.com


Coals

131 Parkway Road, Bronxville 

914-337-1901

www.coalspizza.com


Il Bacio Trattoria

1 Park Place, Bronxville

914-337-4100


Gino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

50 Pondfield Rd W, Bronxville

914-961-7460


Polpettina

102 Fisher Avenue, Eastchester 

914-961-0061

www.polpettina.com 


Roma Restaurant

29 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe 

914-961-3175

www.romarestaurant1931.com

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