Inizio

534 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14222
$$ Italian Recommended New Editor's Pick

Inizio is a cozy, pasta-focused restaurant in beautiful Elmwood Village. Freshness comes first here—we make everything we can from scratch in our kitchen, and we haven’t begun cooking your pasta until the moment you order it. Our motto, “tutto fatto a mano” translates to mean “everything made by hand,” and we believe that the personal connection to the preparation process can be tasted on the plate.

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Reservations

Booking Notes:

At this time the maximum online booking size is 6 people. Groups larger than 6 can inquire in person or by phone about our group dining options. Bookings will be for a duration of 90 minutes, at which point we ask that you make room for the next group. We do not take reservations for our Sunday afternoon service but walk-ins are welcome every Sunday from 4pm - Close.

Business Info

  • Address: 534 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14222
  • Cross Street: W Utica St
  • Cuisine: Italian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Required
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: 20.00 | per bottle
  • Phone: (716) 424-1008
  • Features: Full Bar, Wheelchair Access,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

Photos

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Events & Special Hours

Holiday Hours
Dec. 20, 2021 - Dec. 21, 2021 Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Holiday Hours (week 2)
Dec. 27, 2021 - Dec. 28, 2021 Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed - INIZIO
Tuesday
Closed - INIZIO
Wednesday
Dinner - DINING ROOM 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday
Dinner - DINING ROOM 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - DINING ROOM 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - DINING ROOM 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday
Early Dinner - DINING ROOM 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.85 out of 5 stars based on 954 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 11, 2021
Karen O.
As always, from the moment we entered the restaurant, we received the highest, most gracious, Customer Service. The hostess was extremely polite and attentive. Can’t wait to go back…

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 01, 2021
Nancy P.
Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Ambience, service and food was all first rate. We loved the fresh pasta. We will be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 01, 2021
Samantha Y.
Everything is fab here. Great atmosphere, excellent staff, and a small but varied menu. We had the broccolini appetizer, bruschetta, and a few pastas. Everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Highly recommend!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 27, 2021
Stephanie P.
One of the best in Buffalo! Mariah was a wonderful server!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 18, 2021
Elaina H.
Everything was excellent! Our server was so knowledgeable about the wines and menu, she asked if we were on a time schedule (which we were) and made sure we were finished on time without feeling to he slightest bit rushed. Would recommend without hesitation and will be going again soon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 18, 2021
Tim M.
We found the Inizio's exceeded our expectations for Village dining. The food was amazing and the whole dining experience was awesome.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 12, 2021
Anna L C.
Lovely experience. I would replace the garage doors with nice windows that open.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 05, 2021
Jessica C.
Second time dining- was as amazing as the first! Can’t wait to bring all our friends back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 05, 2021
Sharon D.
Everything was wonderful here. Server was great, food delicious! Definitely coming back!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 30, 2021
Lauren T.
Everything was amazing and I can not wait to return!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 28, 2021
Maryann B.
Loved everything. My favorite restaurant in Buffalo!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 21, 2021
Heather M.
The service was excellent! Really yummy food and a cute spot, would recommend to anyone!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 16, 2021
Helen A.
It was a perfect, delicious dinner, from salad to mains to dessert. The service is excellent. It is my new favorite restaurant.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 09, 2021
Russell P.
Amazing food and service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 06, 2021
Charles R.
Love this place!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 05, 2021
Kathleen C.
Absolutely delicious!! Highly recommend!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 03, 2021
Isaac B.
Fantastic service and food. One of the best spots in Buffalo!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 30, 2021
James B.
A great place in Buffalo. Perfect service. The cacio de Pepe is to die for. The bruschetta was outstanding. We ordered a second. Wine list is just right. Highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 30, 2021
Kate O.
FANTASTIC

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 29, 2021
Marlyce J.
Inizio is a gem in a great neighborhood. We enjoyed our experience and will be returning soon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 26, 2021
Matthew P.
Wonderful food and experience

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2021
Patrick S.
Amazing all around

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2021
Jean C.
Everything was outstanding! The server was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. The place looks fabulous, clean and safe in these Covid times. Of course, the food was beyond compare-the only place that could come close to the taste is in Italy! We are looking forward to our next visit, and so happy they reopened and are in the neighborhood. The only suggestions I have are a little lower volume (though the music was great) and maybe a chair cushion

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 26, 2021
Brian I.
This is our new favorite place. Food was amazing service was excellent. We will definitely be back and also share our wonderful experience with others.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 24, 2021
Jennifer P.
Everything was amazing, service was perfect, wine was great, food was amazing, table in front of the windows was perfect, just a great experience so glad we went will 100% go back and recommend it to anyone who will listen

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 11, 2021
Sue M.
Great food and drinks, service was great too. Wish I had bread to get every bit of sauce off plate.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
May 17, 2021
MARILYN H.
Everything was lovely. I especially enjoyed my glass of Quattro Mani Barbera. the smoothest Barbera I have ever drunk, as well as the warm almond cake with saffron-orange ice cream. I had the creste di gallo pasta with the vodka tomato sauce, which was fine but not yummy. Next time I will try the tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce. I hope the Bolognese sauce is as good as my own! Marilyn Hochfield

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
May 16, 2021
Tami G.
A 9 for value because I think the portion sizes should be larger for entrees and shouldn’t charge for bread and butter. With that aside the food tastes amazing and service and front deal awesome!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
May 14, 2021
Colleen F.
Wine was a bit pricey and limited but otherwise it was perfect!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 08, 2021
Cheryl S.
Love Inizio’s ! Food is amazing and great atmosphere! Staff is very pleasant and accommodating! My favorite restaurant!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 08, 2021
Jack C.
Really enjoyed everything!!! I will be dreaming about the food. Lol

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 06, 2021
Joshua J.
Love it. Can’t wait to come back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 03, 2021
Susan M.
Fabulous-my new favorite restaurant!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 30, 2021
Marie R.
It was my first time dining at Inizio and Kay was a phenomenal server who exceeded all of my expectations for dining. Food was excellent and so was the ambiance and seating for a special occasion.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 26, 2021
Mercedez H.
Love the place, food and the service was excellent. I will recommend and come back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 19, 2021
Erin S.
Every bite was delicious and our server was wonderful. Can't wait to come back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 16, 2021
karen b.
they intuited that it was a birthday celebration and brought a lovely ice cream treat to celebrate. lovely

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 15, 2021
Amy T.
Never disappointed with anything here. Delicious pasta and vegetables, well worth every penny ✌

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 08, 2021
Albie T.
Never a horrible experience here. Hands down my favorite restaurant in Buffalo for Italian

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 08, 2021
Erin C.
Amazing, as always!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 07, 2021
Patricia W.
Awesome! My server, host, food runner were fantastic. Also that waffle and steak and eggs I will be back for.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 06, 2021
Brooke P.
Fantastic service! Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 04, 2021
Jo Lynn D.
A perfect experience and a perfect meal. Everything from the olives appetizer to the blueberry sorbet panne cotta (and everything in between) was exquisitely delicious. The best pasta, the best vegetable preparations. What a treat!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 02, 2021
Glenda B.
Food was amazing! Staff pleasant and attentive! Love the complimentary Prosecco!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 01, 2021
Cyndi O.
GREAT WAITRESS HER FIRST NIGHT!!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 29, 2021
Brianne L.
10/10 can't wait to go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Mar 28, 2021
Tracy M.
Everything was delicious, our table in the solarium was lovely, the staff went above and beyond to make the experience memorable.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 27, 2021
Christine S.
So happy Inizio is open again!!! You definitely need to get the homemade bread to start!!! So delicious! I ordered my favorite...Cacio de Pepe and it was delicious!!! The pana cotta dessert is amazing!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Mar 26, 2021
Brandon M.
Loved the Prosecco. Would have like to see a few more wines by the glass. Services was excellent

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 26, 2021
Hannah H.
Everything is incredible, start to finish. Do not hesitate!