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.

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: 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.  
Valid between: March 17, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2099
Thursday
Dinner - DINING ROOM 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  
Valid between: March 17, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2099
Friday
Dinner - DINING ROOM 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  
Valid between: March 17, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2099
Saturday
Dinner - DINING ROOM 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  
Valid between: March 17, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2099
Sunday
Brunch - DINING ROOM 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Valid between: March 17, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2099

Customer Reviews & Ratings

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!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2020
Michelle N.

ABSOLUTELY loved the ambiance, the service was fantastic, and that free splash of Prosecco!!! Very classy!! It was clean and we had great service! Our waitress/service/hostess were very polite, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. She wished my friend a Happy Birthday. It was very sweet and special. I would only say that I wish the bolognese had more sauce/meat on the noodles. If you are paying $20 for a meal, you should definitely be getting what you’re paying for. The freshly made noodles were fabulous though! The strawberry goat cheese salad was refreshing and delicious! Overall, an amazing experience! I will definitely come back again.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 05, 2020
sherry W.

Met friends & had the best meal ever! Great cocktails & amazing service. This is our favorite place!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 04, 2020
Tony F.

Most unique menu in Buffalo


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 04, 2020
Shirley B.

We enjoyed our trip to a new restaurant for us! Food and service was outstanding! We’ll be back!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2020
Julie J.

Best food AND service in Buffalo!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2020
J. Bradley P.

Great addition to the Buffalo foodie scene


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 30, 2020
Christine S.

Fabulous!! Our new favorite! The homemade pasta dishes are so tasty! Excellent service too!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 28, 2020
Gene R.

Excellent experience.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 27, 2020
Margaret M.

The food was absolutely delicious, and we had the sweetest and knowledgeable server Cassidy! We’ve been dying to eat here and it was worth the wait!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 24, 2020
Kristin G.

The restaurant is awesome and the staff it so friendly. Also, the coolest looking bathrooms in the city, for sure!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 23, 2020
Steven C.

Great food experience..beautiful resturant great food.the sangria was excellent on a hot summer night..we shared the meatball appetizer..thought very tasty but Could have been bigger..also no accompanying bread available..our entrees were excellent..made and tasted perfect..the servers were..very professional and even in unsettling times..did a great job..the complimentary prosecco was a very classy touch..highly recommended and will return soon


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 22, 2020
David S.

Michael took very good care of us. Food and wine were superb. We had the house made pasta and the house made ice cream. All good reasons to come back again and again. My wife's Aperol Spritz was correctly made, which does not always happen elsewhere.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 21, 2020
Charis Z.

This was our first time at Inizio and we will definitely be back! The food was outstanding, I’ve never tasted such flavors in any Italian food before. Would recommend for sure!!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2020
Dan S.

Amazing food and service. It could only be more authentic Italian if it was located in Milan. Best Italian restaurant in Buffalo hands down!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2020
Eric w.

Amazing, homemade pasta daily how could it be anything but


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 16, 2020
Mary Beth B.

Delicious!! House made pasta was wonderful!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 11, 2020
Sandy M.

Perfection! The food was outstanding and the staff even better!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 10, 2020
Candace W.

Great service! Delicious food! The broccolini was especially transporting.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 09, 2020
Lisa F.

We had an excellent night out at Inizio. The food was delicious, and the staff was friendly and attentive. We also felt very safe as COVID precautions were taken seriously. I would highly recommend Inizio for a special night out.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 20, 2020
Callista W.

Food was delicious, the pasta perfectly cooked and amazing homemade noodles. Perfect sauces. Not too huge of portions so satisfied without feeling too full. Also had the most amazing appetizer autumn squash dish that I will be dreaming about. Thank you!!


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 18, 2020
Deb F.

Love this space and the food. Inspired by dishes you would enjoy in Rome, this is not spaghetti and meatballs to our delight. Cacio e pepe was laced with indulgent white truffle oil and is the ultimate Italian comfort food. Cheese is used as a compliment to lovely first courses of seasonal veggies. Carbonara, Gnocchi and cremini mushroom pasta were also delightful. Dessert ran the gammut of warm homemade cookies to a surprisingly flavor packed strawberry gelato with basil shortbread. Just plain yum!


Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Oct 15, 2020
Kevin S.

The food was delicious; the service was perfect. The ambiance was wonderful - beautiful inside, and it felt very safe. It would have been nice if there had been some bread offered and perhaps a small salad to go with the entrees.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 24, 2020
Beth K.

Nice atmosphere great service and food.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 11, 2020
Ralph V.

Could have used a little bread on the table.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 09, 2020
Donna R.

Service was a little casual as we found ourselves sitting with used plates and our meal arrived before our wine. Food was fabulous! Would go again.


Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Nov 15, 2020
MaryAngela H.

Delicious again! Could add more crab meat to the pasta - only saw 1 tiny piece!


Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 5/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 29, 2020
Kyle M.

Half capacity but took 30min over reservation time to be seated, and when seated server took another 30 min before acknowledging us at the table. Food is amazing as always, bartender on point with cocktails.