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.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

At this time the maximum booking size is 6 people. All bookings will be for a duration of 90 minutes, at which point we ask that you make room for the next reservation. For the safety and well-being of our staff, we lock our front door immediately after our final reservation is seated.

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
Tuesday
Dinner - INIZIO 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday
Dinner - INIZIO 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday
Dinner - INIZIO 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - INIZIO 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - INIZIO 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday
Closed
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.84 out of 5 stars based on 1687 votes

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Oct 05, 2022
Brian R.
Apps, entrees, drinks, dessert, service and price: ALL amazing! Also our server was probably the best server I have ever had (I didn’t catch her name, Asian girl). Thank you for a great experience! I literally can’t wait to come back!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 23, 2022
Nelson Y.
No complaints Wonderful experience

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 7/10
Sep 18, 2022
Gini G.
Very expensive for what you get but I come from a small town where you get salad and rolls included for a smaller price.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 15, 2022
Lara S.
Can not recommend a thing! Our experience was an absolute delight! Food, service, and staff were all phenomenal.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2022
John W.
Everything was great!!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 09, 2022
Alex P.
Came for a special occasion. Did not disappoint as always. Thanks Inizio for always being excellent!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 08, 2022
Carine F.
Everything was terrific! Kind, knowledgeable servers, really delicious and perfectly made fresh pastas and desserts. And that bread too!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 28, 2022
Ron B.
Everything was excellent from the initial greeting to the restaurant to being seated and accommodated by our server. Food was excellent and we will definitely be regulars knowing we will have a great experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 27, 2022
Barbara C.
Service was especially good. Our server was personable and gave us amazing recommendations. Can’t wait to go back.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 14, 2022
Audrey M.
Food outstanding!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 13, 2022
Rose O.
Everything was excellent

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Aug 12, 2022
Lisa W.
Great food, better service!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 30, 2022
Linda N.
Absolutely delicious, great service and clean comfortable setting with nice city vibe. I grew up on homemade pasta (rolled and cut by hand) and your pasta is yummy!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 25, 2022
Albert M.
FAR TOO MUCH NOISE

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 24, 2022
Joseph S.
Excellent

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Jun 17, 2022
Sue M.
We enjoyed our meal and experience! Service was excellent! 10’s across the board.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 15, 2022
John L.
Was a very nice nite out

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 12, 2022
Carly D.
Incredible food and quaint atmosphere, perfect for a nice date night.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Jun 10, 2022
Melissa B.
Daniel was our server and he was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 10, 2022
Sarah S.
Hands down the best meal I've had in Buffalo in years. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and the food is absolutely incredible. Plated beautifully and seasoned just right. Can't wait to go back.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 07, 2022
Marcia K.
Limited menu but the food was very good. The zucchini and broccolini were outstanding! We felt the appetizers outshown the pastas a bit. Also enjoyed their cocktail selection. Server was very pleasant and attentive. Will definitely return!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 5/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 06, 2022
Russ A.
Simple Italian food made with the highest quality ingredients and everyhing we had was delicious. Will go back again and again!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 03, 2022
Kathy C.
We loved everything

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Jun 02, 2022
Christopher O.
First time diner and will definitely go back. The food was unique, homemade and extremely good. The service was great and included a free glass of champagne. Who doesn't like that!

Overall: 10/10
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May 24, 2022
Rob C.
First time but won't be the last. This is a must go restaurant. Everything about Inizio is outstanding.

Overall: 10/10
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May 22, 2022
Amy G.
Great experience!

Overall: 10/10
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May 15, 2022
Kristen L.
One of the best places in Buffalo, hands down. Incredibly authentic.

Overall: 10/10
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May 13, 2022
Edward H.
Very good meal, very good service - we'll be back!

Overall: 10/10
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May 06, 2022
Brittany K.
Food was absoultely delicious! Service was great as well. Will be back in the future

Overall: 10/10
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May 05, 2022
Kathleen C.
The staff was very welcoming. We love the atmosphere which is unique compared to other places. The wait staff was very timely and friendly. Our choices of food were excellently prepared. We will definitely return again.

Overall: 10/10
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May 01, 2022
Kristi H.
Was not disappointed in any item we ordered. Staff was attentive, pricing is very fair- would definitely come back again.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 30, 2022
Lauren W.
Love this place!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 23, 2022
Mark B.
The ambiance, food, service and caring nature of the staff is really special!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 15, 2022
Carol M.
Food was the most delicious, palatable presentation delivered by Dan, excellent server! We WILL return!!!?

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 15, 2022
Beth M.
Inizio never disappoints!

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 10/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Apr 11, 2022
Becker S.
Loved it

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 10, 2022
Jill S.
Food was awesome and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 04, 2022
Susan E.
Excellent!!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 04, 2022
Amber M.
Amazing food & service!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Apr 04, 2022
Judy R.
everything was great, loved it! the only thing I thought $8 for the bread was allot should come to the table for free with food and drink expenses.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Apr 03, 2022
Melanie C.
Inizio was awesome! The food is always delicious but sometimes though customer service is a little cold. But, tonight it was fantastic. Everybody was really friendly. We actually commented amongst ourselves at our table that we liked the new friendly style of service!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Apr 01, 2022
Ron W.
This was out 1st time back since the kitchen fire, food was just as good if not better than the last few times we dined. I have to say the service was excellent, Daniel(Danny) was the best waiter we have come across in a long time

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 28, 2022
jayne r.
Our Server, Kay, made the evening even better. They were probably the best restaurant service I have ever received. Everything was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 24, 2022
Fran O.
From drinks to appetizers and entrées each one was an elevated delight! Made another reservation can’t wait to dine again soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 22, 2022
JP R.
Awesome waiter and a great experience

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 20, 2022
Lynn C.
I love your food. My only request is either changing the menu more frequently or adding specials for more variety.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 16, 2022
Stephanie H.
So cute inside. Loved the big windows. Our waitress was patient and gave great recommendations. Will go again !

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 15, 2022
Dan B.
Everything from beginning to end was excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 13, 2022
David B.
We really enjoy going to inizio

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 05, 2022
Barbara H.
Loved the welcome glass of Persecco! Our waiter was awesome. Fully informed with the menu and wine.