So I came here back in December and Yelp took my review down because, "We typically remove reviews that look like they are written by someone who might have a relationship with the business that prevents them from writing a fair review (such as current or former employees, family members, or competing businesses), even if they describe firsthand experiences." **When I say my Dad found this place, I mean he's the one who introduced me to it. He isn't the founder of this establishment. Major props to my Dad because he's the one who found, you know, reccomended, this place. Honestly, the whole operation surprised me because I didn't know what to expect. One day, my Dad texted me saying have you been to Inizio Pizza yet? I responded saying, no, but we can go when you visit. Dad seemed pretty pleased with that answer. I didn't really think about Inizio until they visited this weekend. To get in the pizza mood, I checked out their insta and the Yelp photos and I was really impressed. My Dad filled me in that their pizzas are made in 90 seconds because the wood fire oven that the 'zzas are cooked in is heated to 900 degrees. HOLY CRAP THAT IS HOT. So, we get to Inizio. Super cute shopping center area in Dilworth. Easy to find parking and I was expecting a huge line and a long wait. WRONG. This must be on of the best-kept secrets or something because we walked up to the counter ordered and were able to find a seat with ease. We opted to sit outside, nice day. If you come in the evening and sit outside, they do have cafe lights! Pizza comes in two sizes. The smaller size is perfect for two people. Opting for the classic Margherita pizza was the perfect choice for our first visit. Toppings were flowing. You have the option to add your own garlic and they bring you extra marinara for dipping sauce. You can't leave this place without gelato or a cannoli. I got a small chocolate chip gelato. It was a crowd pleaser among the group. Next time, I will get getting the salted caramel. You better believe we will come back on a Thursday night for $2 gelato night. What a perfect date night idea! TL;DR- great find, Dad! I didn't expect this place to be an order at the counter without a server type of place. After getting over that, I was excited to try the speedy za and was super impressed! We will be back soon!
This should really be 3.5 Stars but I digress. Overall, a neat spot and pretty good pizza. My key concerns were cleanliness and style. Otherwise, getting to see the kitchen operation behind some plexiglass walls, was pretty cool and the pizza was fairly traditional style 'Napoletana'. When you walk in, you order from the counter on the right, easy enough. Then you get a number and pick a table, also simple. My issue comes in when you realize, those tables aren't necessarily wiped down between each guest. You'll realize that when you see one or two young people wander around to pick up the cookie sheets your pizza is served on and not one wanders around with a cleaning product. Yet, it seemed there were "too many chefs in the kitchen". The restaurant was busy on a Saturday but not full or packed. There were roughly 20 employees working and maybe 35 guests? Definitely enough people to have someone on table duty. Especially when your napkins are cheap paper towels. Which brings me to my next point. Pizza has incredible great margins. Quality ingredients mean higher price to the customer but still a great return for the owner. So, at least get some decent paper towels. The pizza isn't greasy but they use olive oil and the sauce can drip too. You need something to clean your hands that doesn't get a hole in it with the first use. I considered Inizio a fancier pizza joint and they give you the initial impression to match that assumption. However, seeing how bare and simple the operation is, it's hard to believe a large margarita pizza is $18. Consider how thin the crust is and how few ingredients go into a margarita pizza.... Again, this was good pizza and it is a cool spot with interesting architecture in the tables and visibility to the kitchen operation, however, I suggest better napkins, fountain drink availability (so you aren't paying for the bottles that you can't refill) and cleaner seating.
It's hurting my heart to write this review. I follow these guys on social media and have been DYING to get here to try their food. What really pulled me in was the s'mores dessert they had for the summer. I mean, each time they showed a picture of this thing it was oozing marshmallow and nutella. I finally made a trip across town just to have it before it was pulled from the menu. So keep in mind this review is based solely on the dessert. I brought it back home and when I opened the box. There was no oozing. I mean ZERO OOZ. There was very little nutella and I can't say I actually saw any marshmallow at all. Talk about disappointed. Maybe one day I'll venture back across town to try the pizza and other items so I can update my review, but until then...
Being a huge Pizza fan! I really wanted to try this place. They have some unique selection of toppings like pesto with Pistachio which is unique. I tried the Pistachio which is pesto and pistachio with a lot of Ricotta cheese. These are not the light pizza slices they are heavy as they are loaded with fresh cheese. Even the Margherita pizza had chunks of fresh Mozzarella. The pizza crust is good that you can sense the freshness and the quality of ingredients. They have good online ordering portal which is easy to order they don't take the order through phone. Good brick oven pizzas over all.
I found this place looking at a Charlotte food IG page and thought it looked really good. My wife and I both decided we would try it, as we eat a lot of different types of pizza. We took my mom and my stepdad with us. When you walk in, it has a casual rustic vibe to it. The thing that kind of struck me as odd is that there is not a true make your own pizza. You have to get the Margherita Pizza and add some toppings to it. The thing is, the toppings were not cheap at all. The pizza can get very expensive really quick. My mom and stepdad went that route and split a pizza. I did the same. My wife got one of the speciality pizzas. Another thing, you can't spilt toppings on half of the pizzas due to the type of cooking method they use. I added pepperoni to my pizza and although it looked different and creative, it just tasted like pepperoni and I wasn't really blown away by the pizza in general. I think the worst part about this entire experience was that the 3 pizzas and 3 canned drinks (plus a tip) was $80. For a pizza place like that, I think that was overpriced. The style of pizza and cooking methods did nothing for me and I don't think I will be returning. Maybe I was just overhyped from all of the pictures on their IG page or I don't really like this style of pizza. Either way, be prepared to over pay and be underwhelmed.
Pros: Great pizza menu with unique toppings Fresh ingredients Great food Fast service Parking Friendly staff Cons: This was too pricy for me! It was $28 for a small personal sized pizza and a small glass of wine. Small wine list You order at the counter and they give you a number and bring your pizza out to you. They had a lot of great options for pizza with unique ingredients like Brussel sprouts and pistachios. Great flavors and really great wood fired food. They also have gelato. I'd go back, but I really did think it was too pricy for a restaurant that doesn't even wait on you.
I loved the Providence Road location so much that I would make the half hour plus trek down to Deep South Charlotte once or twice a month for this delicious pizza. Woe to my waistline and pocket book now that there is an Inizio in Dilworth, much closer to both my home and office. I lived in Italy for 4-years and will happily admit that I'm a huge pizza snob. (I'm also a huge wine, pasta and gelato snob for what it's worth.) I went to the original Inizio with reservations, thinking no way would they live up to true Napoli pizza. I've never been so happy to be so wrong!! Equally happy that their Dilworth location is just as good. Everything from the family style tables to the goopy pizza is true Naples. We've had the Pistachio, Margherita, Maria, Diavola, Cavoletti, and Raffaele pizzas. The Pistachio is my favorite, hands down. The Maria is a close second. I love the wood fired crust and the understated smokey flavor the pizzas get from being quick fired in their Italian ovens. I also love the "wetness" of the pizzas. True Napoli pizzas are gooey and goopy from all the sauce and cheese and occasionally grease (from meat toppings, especially). Inizio's pizzas do not disappoint on the goop factor. They are a messy delight, hard to eat without a knife and fork. I love the water and condiment area, too. I'm a sucker for infused water and they always have a dispenser with lemon/basil H2O or some other refreshing concoction. On the same counter, they also have the most amazing hot oil. Approach this one with caution if you don't like spicy as it has a serious heat. I love dipping my crust into this spicy, peppery oil. It's delish! They also have regular olive oil, fresh minced garlic, red pepper flakes, grated parm... The list goes on and on. I know it's going to be hard with such beautiful pizzas staring you down, but try to make room for a salad -- the Italian Chopped, Caprese and Arugula are both great! If salads aren't your thing, then save room for dessert. The cannoli are out of this world and filled to order with house made cream. I dream about the salted caramel gelato. As if all of that wasn't enough, they also have a good beer and wine selection. I was impressed to see 5 or 6 craft beers on draught, including Peroni if you want to go 100% Italian. Counting down the days until our next visit!
So... I think now that Inizio has "settled" into the neighborhood, I went back... Still the same great space, just a different experience overall. Not sure if I hit them on a bad night, but everyone seemed to be in a bad mood. Yes- they did their job and provided me with pizza as promised, it just seemed like I was inconveniencing the cashier by putting my order in. Really set the tone for the rest of the experience overall. Pizza was the same as expected... cooked in 90 seconds and then delivered by a surly teenager (also in a bad mood that night). It was cold that night so my friend and I took a table that seated six in the corner away from the door. Later on, a larger group came in and sat at the other six-top next to us... and when their pizzas started coming out, they ran out of room since there were 6 of them... I felt the need to eat faster so they could use our table for over-flow. Maybe serving the pizzas in these giant, table-sized baking trays isn't a great idea? It also forces the issue about "sharing" which I have no problem... but I think my buddy thought I would start eating his pizza so he went to town (pizza horse racing anyone).... just over all a weird, unpleasant experience that didn't really go down well with my slightly-over priced local brew. My other complaint is that now that all the other tenants of the gorgeous new building have moved in, the parking is a bit of a nightmare. You have a bunch of post-mates drivers parking illegally to get orders and a very tight parking space with people's over-sized vehicles.... not very fun. So the one thing that is consistent is the pizza. I'll give them that... it's just the other things that add up to a rather weird dining experience that I would rather avoid. Also - FYI if you do order take-out... they recommend not slicing the pizza so that it "travels better".... First time I've ever heard that... but sure(?). I'm glad they do ask that they aren't going to slice it cause if you are headed to a party where there isn't a slicer, you would be in trouble.
Aside from enjoying gingerbread cookies, craving anything pumpkin can be one of the greatest (and most ridiculously satisfying) seasonal challenges. Pumpkin pizza (savory)? Sign me up. I saw a picture of the pumpkin pizza on my Instagram feed, and it was very enticing. Naturally, I decided to give it a try, and I wasn't disappointed. When Tina T visited me few weeks ago, I got my pumpkin and she got the Bianca. Both handcrafted pizzas were baked in wood-fired ovens and came out fresh and delicious. Next time I'll have to try the Pistachio Pizza. Four and half Yelps.
Truly, I would give this spot 3.5 stars. I also think it would've been better if we got there a little earlier - we got there about an hour before they closed and I got the sense that everyone who worked there was in a rush to get to closing. My husband and I ordered pizza, excited to try this spot because I had heard such good things about it. I am a lover of crust and I was conflicted about theirs. The edge of the pizza was burnt in a few spots and towards the center didn't seem done enough. I couldn't pick up a slice because it would immediately fold down and the toppings would fall off of it. Speaking of the toppings - I liked them a lot. My husband loved how crispy the pepperoni was. What kept this from being 3 stars rather than 4? It was somewhat pricey to me when I compare it to its competitors. Overall, we will revisit this spot but it won't be at the top of the list.
Inizio Pizza Napoletana strives to the art and craft of neapolitan style pizza. . When trying any neapolitan place I always get my favorite and baseline pie, the MARGHERITA. This pie comes with San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil, Garlic, Pecorino. Simple and delicious, done ok here. But our favorite was the MARIA. Which vomes worth Seasonal Mushroom Blend, Truffle Crema, Roasted Garlic, Buffalo Mozzarella, Sea Salt, Pecorino. This was very balanced and popping with flavor. A Must Try
What a perfect addition to the Dilworth neighborhood! Inizio is located in the shopping center with the food lion. You walk in, order at the register and your food is brought out to you very very quickly. There is a station with all of the pizza fixings you want, even fresh garlic, peppers, cheese, etc. Thanks to other yelp reviews, I ordered the pistachio pizza. The small had 6 slices which is enough to share with a side or dessert. The pizza was delicious and it comes with a side of marinara to dip it in. I love sauce so this was a win in my book. The environment is very trendy and there is a cute patio out back. They half half off wine on Mondays and Tuesday, $3.50 craft beers on Wednesday's, and $2 gelato on Thursday's so plan your meal accordingly....
My favorite pizza place in the Queen City. Both the red and white pies are good. You can also customize to your liking. They also have a feature cannoli each month as well as a feature pizza based on seasonal produce.
Inizio has become a local favorite of ours. We have dined in once and ordered pizza to go many times. Our favorites pizzas are the Diablo and the Pistachio (sounds weird but you must try it)! The pizza is delicious. The pizzas are VERY thin crust, and they flop down when held up. The standard size pizza is about $12 and the large is around $22. The standard size is not enough for two to share unless you have very small appetites. The large is enough for 2-3 people depending on appetites. I have awarded 4 stars because I think that the pizzas are a bit expensive for their size. At Mellow Mushroom (another specialty pizza spot) a large is plenty to feed 3+. Additionally, I think their salads leave something to be desired, and are also small for the price.
I LOVE this place! I love it to go and I love it, in restaurant. They have a great outdoor area. Their pizza is very Italian, so it's a bit different than other local pizza joints with regards to texture and ingredients. However, I really appreciated that. The pizza dough is made with all natural ingredients. Added bonus: Their salad and cannolis are fantastic!! May be a little more pricey than other pizza spots, but worth it IMO. Also, in the spirit of being super Italian, the menu is a little hard to pronounce for this mid western gal but feel free to ask questions. The staff is very helpful and friendly. They do serve beer and wine as well. Great place to bring family and kids, especially to sit outdoors on a nice evening.
Pretty disappointing experience. The restaurant is nice overall but what I saw go on made it to where I will likely never go back. They advertise fresh ingredients straight from Italy. I guess Italy means the Food Lion next door. As I'm sitting and waiting on my Raffaele pizza to be made with Buffalo Mozzarella, I watch an employee walk in with a bag from food lion. They then proceed to add 5 packs of Kraft shredded mozzarella to the bin while laughing (I wish I could add video here but the photos should work). I then receive a very mediocre pizza after 20 minutes, clearly covered in the shredded cheese rather than fresh mozzarella. For $15, I felt ripped off. I mean at least if you are going to try to pass off packaged cheese as fresh, don't add it in while laughing in clear view of customers. To top it off, as I'm leaving, I look back to the prep area to watch another employee spraying glass cleaner on a rag, over the top of a prepped pizza, and overspraying the entire prep surface in order to clean the glass on the case above it. I feel bad for the customers who had to eat the glass cleaner on their pizza as well as any customers who then had their dough rolled out in glass cleaner. For the price, I would expect a lot more out of this. If an ingredient is out, either bring it up to the customer and apologize while offering a refund or replacement, or purchase a comparable ingredient rather than the cheapest you can find at the grocery store. Teach employees proper methods for handling cleaning chemicals around food prep areas and raw/prepped food. It was a true disappointment and I will likely not be back because of it.
Tourist from Seattle Review: Don't hesitate to check out this pizza place. We tried the summer special pizza with Lemon , goat cheese , fig jam, and unicorn sweat (I think)... It was so delicious I forgot to breathe when eating it. Wait time was approx. 10 min (it takes a few minutes for the unicorn to work up a sweat ) Amazing outdoor seating and a very friendly staff. This was our first time here so it was super kind of Jasmine to recommend the pizza, and for Robert to check up on us while eating! Great establishment
Welcome to the neighborhood Inizio! Inizio Pizza's second location is a welcomed addition to the Dilworth neighborhood. After several months watching the location be built, I was sure to be there Opening Night! And, have since been back a few times. Inizio's offers a wide variety of Wood Fired Pizzas, as well as several appetizers, including salads, and desserts, including homemade cannoli's and gelato. The location is a rustic, cool environment with several communal tables, high tops and patio tables outside under some amazing trees in Dilworth. After placing your order at the counter, grab some water and condiments, salt and pepper, parmesan, red pepper flakes, etc. at a customer station and grab a seat. Within minutes your food, as well as drinks are delivered to you. So far I have enjoyed the classic Margarita Pizza, the Raffaele (Sweet Peppers, Onion, Sausage and Mozzarella) and the Pistachio Pizza, as well as the Chocolate Chip Cannoli. I cannot tell you how amazing everything I have had is. The Pzza crust is light and fluffy, but cooked to perfection. The toppings are just right, not too much and not too little. And, let me say definitely try the sausage, amazing! You can definitely taste the love and freshness in what they are making. The staff is always friendly and service is spot on. As I mentioned above, welcome Inizio's, it is a true gem for Dilworth!
Originally I would give them all stars. There quality has gone down some. The pizza is still ok, but the salad was terrible. Bianca & Margarita pizza - both ok! Cesar Salad- the romaine was old and wet almost like it was frozen and brought back to room temperature. Cesar dressing was good
The pistachio pizza is so unique and flavors work so well together, like a flavor explosion in my mouth. Excellent quality ingredients so I am okay paying their prices. Split pistachio and cheese pizza and cant decide which is my favorite. Marinara sauce was really good, tasted authentic and not processed at all. Only ordered to go so cant comment on dining experience. I plan to go back!
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