Inizio

534 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14222

$25 - $50 Recommended New Editor's Pick

For the time being, the maximum online booking size will be 6 people. Groups larger than 6 are encouraged to inquire in person or by phone about accommodations for larger reservations. 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 online reservations for brunch. Walk-ins are welcome every Sunday from 11am - 4pm.

Booking Notes:

For the time being, the maximum online booking size will be 6 people. Groups larger than 6 are encouraged to inquire in person or by phone about accommodations for larger reservations. Bookings will be for a duration of 90 minutes, at which point we ask that you make room for the next group.

Reservations


  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,

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  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
Brunch - DINING ROOM 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

Customer Reviews & Ratings

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

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

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

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 03, 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
Ambiance: 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 01, 2021
Cyndi O.
GREAT WAITRESS HER FIRST NIGHT!!

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

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

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 22, 2021
Sandy M.
Inizio is one of the best, if not the very best restaurant in Buffalo. All of the ingredients are top quality, the dishes have delicious and interesting flavor profiles, the cocktails are creative and outstanding, and the service is off the charts. I have been anxiously awaiting Inizio's reopening and am so happy they are back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 20, 2021
Sofia M.
Food and drinks are amazing! As well as the entire vibe and wait staff :) highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 15, 2020
Janice S.
Our meals were exceptional & so was the service

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 15, 2020
Angela P.
My boyfriend and I enjoyed a lovely evening at Inizio, Friday. All staff members were very polite and helpful. The food was fresh and delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 14, 2020
Cynthia K.
The food was delicious and the service was outstanding!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 13, 2020
Jill D.
So delicious and great service! Will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 13, 2020
Shelley B.
Everything was fabulous. Couldn’t have been better!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 12, 2020
Laurie S.
I loved Inizio. I shared two small plates with my dinner guest —the beet dish and the mussels. Both were fabulous as were each of our pasta dishes. We had the strawberry short bread dessert which also was excellent. My son enjoyed his cocktail and my wine was very good. It was an excellent meal with fantastic service. I would highly recommend the restaurant and definitely plan on returning.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 07, 2020
Jessica K.
I loved the complimentary bubbly and that pasta, appetizers, service and ambience were just perfect. Great for a girls night out! I just wish there was more pasta in the serving for leftovers!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 06, 2020
Shannon L.
We had a wonderful experience at Inizio! Couldn’t have dined at better restaurant. It was a birthday to remember! Excellent food, great music, and even better service! We are looking forward to our next visit. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 29, 2020
Kristen K.
Every piece of food was delicious! Cassidy was an excellent server. The only thing that could use improvement is the dining room decor. It is very bare and the two TVs near the bar do not mesh well with the overall vibe of the restaurant.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 4/10
Oct 26, 2020
Anne Marie H.
The food was exceptional! Truly delicious and unique. The service was excellent, and the Prosecco was a really nice touch that we appreciated. The portions were far too small for the price point, and the fact that there was no bread offered with the meal was disappointing. My husband and I both left feeling as if we were still hungry, despite paying $100 for a meal. If the portions were a bit larger, and bread was included, we would definitely be back. But unfortunately I feel that our money is better spent elsewhere, where we can still get a high quality meal and be pleasantly full when we leave.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 26, 2020
Dane S.
Best dining experience in a long time .. service, food, atmosphere was top notch. Thank you for making our birthday celebration a great one! We’ll be back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 25, 2020
Megan D.
Service and food was absolutely amazing

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 15, 2020
Debbie B.
First time at Inizio and can't wait to bring all my friends so that they can enjoy it as much as we did. Food was fantastic as well as service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 06, 2020
Tim B.
Excellent service , food , everything is homemade and of high quality!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 28, 2020
Anelia Scarlett M.
The food and service were outstanding. EVERYTHING was delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 25, 2020
john e.
The food and the service was excellent. Definitely a 10 in every respect.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 21, 2020
Dana S.
My husband, myself, my sister and a friend dined at Inizio on Saturday the 19th. We started with the Breadhive bruschetta. For entrees we had the Cacio e Pepe, the vodka, the funghi and the gamberi e ‘nduja. For dessert we had the cookies and the strawberry shortbread. Everything was fresh and delicious. You can really tell that attention is payed to sourcing quality ingredients. Wait staff was attentive and friendly and I love the atmosphere of the place. Will definitely return.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 19, 2020
Natalie G.
Excellent !!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 13, 2020
Kim D.
10s across the board. We loved the menu and everything was delicious. Service was great, too.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 12, 2020
Joni M.
Top notch! Excellent food and exceptional service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2020
Mary Beth D.
Great food and wonderful service!Will definitely go again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 08, 2020
Nicole K.
I was completely blown away by our dining experience at Inizio on Friday, 9/4. The ambiance was lovely, and each and every course we had was beyond amazing. Michael, our server, was attentive, friendly, and professional. Safety guidelines were followed very well. Thank you guys for having us- we are already super excited to come back!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2020
Sandra H.
Incredible!! Thank you!