Alfio's buon cibo
Alfio's buon cibo

Alfio's buon cibo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alfios-cincy.com/
  • Phone: 5133210555
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alfio Gulisano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour
  • Entertainment: Entertainment on Monday Nights

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Erie & Michigan
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Alfio's buon cibo
Owners Scott Lambert, Alfio Gulisano, and Ken Arlinghaus welcome you to Alfio's buon cibo. Located in Hyde Park Square, Chef Alfio naturally joins his native flavors of Italy and Argentina for a taste of modern Italian cuisine with a little Argentine flair. Alfio's “buon cibo” (Italian for “good food”), features a broad selection of wines from North America, Italy and Argentina.


Enjoy homemade pastas and desserts, fresh seafood, beef, lamb, seasonal menus, and unique daily specials in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Sign up for Alfio's mailing list to find out about the next wine dinner. Sign Up Now!


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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Alfio's buon cibo reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)neighborhood gem (113)special occasion (101)romantic (73)notable wine list (60)good for groups (44)hot spot (31)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (11)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had never heard of this awesome little place until the night we made our reservations. It was crowded, but not PACKED. WE saw an open table outside & asked if we could sit there instead of where they had planned, which they happily agreed to. Everything from our drink orders to the final check could not have been better. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night
    mvpsap
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Alfio's is a perfect date night restaurant. Unique, yet extremely tasty food! We order the empanadas for an appetizer every time we go. I personally love their lamb, spinach, and mushroom risotto. My husband really liked the steak and the short rib ravioli. And for dessert: their award winning tiramisu and the quince crumble. We love this restaurant and recommend it to friends and family often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SkipVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Chef Alfio's personal touch and table visit was well received. We enjoyed the food and for sure would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a good local spot
    ccurranVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food is still the star here and it seems to be a favorite for locals during the week.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alfio's buon cibo
    Wudro
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Hostess staff on a Thursday not overly attentive. Took about 3 min before being acknowledged by anyone. Wait staff - excellent explained the food, specials and personal favorites. Food - presentation excellent, appetizer and salads were great!!! Main entrees were both on the salty side - Short Rib Ravioli and filet. I sent mine back and they used the same pasta I had on the dish which had absorbed some of the salt already and with new sauce was still on the salty side. I am not sure if the kitchen staff is tasting the fresh made sauces before serving. Dessert - deconstructed crème brulee very tasted but clunky to eat. Kitchen staff needs to taste sauces before leaving kitchen and re serve new plate when sent back. We would give 2nd chance
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was awesome but costly$$$$
    MustBawesome
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was all awesome. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Portions are appropriate size but all sides come ala cart. Such as salad does not come with meal, it must be purchased as a larger item and costly. This restaurant is only special occasions or business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Mom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My mom is on a walker. Great place for her. Great food and service. The tables were far enough apart to allow her to maneuver. Would be concerned about parking if handicapped place were not available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    pickerupper
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was exemplary. Excellent service. Outstanding! Yummo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always the right place
    LDLottsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great wine. Never disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VTeater
    VTeater
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was the fourth or fifth time we have had dinner at Alfio's. Food and service were excellent but the noise level was over the top. Since we were seated at the back of the restaurant and it was a Saturday night, both factors contributed to the level of discomfort. When we were leaving we noted that the noise level was much reduced as we moved closer to the restaurant's front area, nearer to the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, varied menu
    amoaventura
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a great experience at Alfio's on a recent Saturday evening. Our server gave our party of 4 plenty of time to order, eat, and enjoy our food, so we never felt rushed. I was able to sample the wine before ordering which ended up being a big win as I went with his 2nd recommendation. The menu was interesting and presented a nice mix of flavors that were all appealing - the daily fresh made pasta (ravioli) was a big draw and 3 of us ended up with a variation of that. The special was a great blend of crab and srirachi ravioli which was delicious, and we had the award winning dulce de leche crepes for dessert. A great culinary experience combined with a fun night out - we'd definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and personal service!
    Dinetonight
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything about Alfio's is amazing! Food was delicious and Alfio personally created a meal for me! We can't wait to return. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite place !
    Superb
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Love their food ! Dinner specials are always So delicious !
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Tinkinc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    What a great find. Great food, great service, and a menu that we'll have to go back for in order to try all the things that looked good. The Angus 5 cheese ravioli was one of the richest meals I have ever eaten. Ribeye was very well cooked and seasoned. Outstanding. We'll be back at least a few more times just to try the rest of the menu out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in the City
    yummy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Alfios is unique and spectacular! Every item on the menu is fantastic. Whenever we have out of town guests we take them to Alfios because we know they will be happily impressed. There is something for every taste. The shortrib ravioli is a crowd pleaser!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good, but a little Loud
    mw45140
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our second time at Alfio's and again the food is very good. Ony downside could be if you want to have a pleasant conversation that will be difficult if it's crowded. Noise level is pretty high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome restaurant
    Peaceloveandpasta
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fantastic food and atmosphere. Wonderfully prepared dishes with great depth of flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wanted to LOVE it
    CarWashVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It's close to my house; I'd love for it to be a "neighborhood gem". It's cute. There is a nice bar. The bartenders were friendly. The service was really pleasant. The drinks were nice. The food I had was really very, very good. But will I go back very often? Probably not. Why: A pretty limited menu. If I'm into empanadas or ravioli in rich sauce or risotto in rich sauce, then I don't have many choices. And there are no vegetables. So it's carbs in rich sauce. Which was delicious! But it limits when I would choose to go. More variety and it would be a comfy cute place I'd like to return to.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    So many interesting options on the menu to choose from. It was our first time there and we plan to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time visit: Awesome!
    CincyBusiness
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We and another couple came here on a recommendation and have no regrets. We split several plates among the four of us. Each dish was great, although the star of the show was the Short Rib Ravioli, which was simply incredible. Our waitress was informative, engaging, and fun. I wish i could recall her name, but she has been with the restaurant throughout its existence. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food with some drawbacks
    ERKfoodies
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Good ... Empanada trio was delicious. Spinach and apple salad was very good. Short rib ravioli and five cheese angus ravioli were both amazing. Simply delicious. My wife and I were very happy with our entrees. The Bad ... I asked (via Open Table) for a quite, cozy corner away from the kitchen and high traffic ... we were placed in the middle of the restaurant where it was very LOUD! Our bread basket items were slightly stale. We had to flag down our waiter to get menus ... then to get food recommendations ... then to order ... then to take our credit card. I get that he has other customers, I just don't want to have to work so hard when I spend $100 on dinner. Overall, really delicious food with a few areas that need improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    kitty4
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 was the cocktails. Between the four of us, we tried four of them and they were nothing special. However, the dinners (trout, lamb risotto, ribs, and steak and sausage with chimichurri), wine (Humberto Canale Intimo), desserts (Apple quince crumble and tirasumu), and service were phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    All of our food was delicious! Great service! And it was a nice touch for the chef to stop by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Taste of cincinnati led us to believe we were in for a great dining experience. The items we ordered from our experience there (veal ravioli and tirimisu) were really good, the rest of the food, average to not so good (scallops were so disappointing). Our dishes took a long time to get to us, and dessert took 20 minutes, even though restaurant wasn't full.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food on HP Square
    lv2eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved the food and the service. I am going back. Seafood risotto was delicious and the empanada trio was also very good. Would also recommend seafood stuffed ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing menu
    doodlezfoodlez
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had such a great time at Alfio's. The award winning short rib ravioli is amazing. The empanada trio is ok, somewhat mild flavors. Needs more seasoning. We had dinner reservations, but we had to sit at a high-top table in the bar because "they were all booked up and didn't have any regular tables available." However, several regular tables sat empty all night. We would have liked to sit at one of them! Still, great restaurant and great experience. Will definitely go back! Oh and the bacon-wrapped lobster tail is delicious, but it was a little smaller than we were expecting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Another great dinner at Alfio's that do such a great job and the food is amazing. Thanks Jen for taking great care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was our first visit to Alfio's after trying the restaurant at Taste where it won Best Dish. Alfio's exceeded our expectations in every way. The food was amazing and some of the best Italian in the city. I had the Short Rib Ravioli, while my wife had the Seafood Risotto. The Ravioli is served in a truffle butter sauce that is to die for. It is very creamy with a very robust flavor. On sauce alone, the dish was outstanding. The Risotto was creamy and well flavored with a well proportioned amount of seafood added into the dish. Our appetizers were good but not noteworthy. The salad with crab was light and quite good. Our service was outstanding as they made solid recommendations throughout the meal. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dining Experience!
    Dining4fun
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Alfio's Buon Cibo is a great find. The food is some of the best I have ever tasted. Alfio's award winning Short Rib Ravioli is very, very tasty. We went to Alfio's to celebrate our daughter's birthday and were very pleased with our choice. Anyone who chooses to dine at Alfio's will be very pleased with the choice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    diner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Service was mediocre. Food was disappointing. Unfriendly but adequate staff. Table outdoors was very close to people running/walking along sidewalk. We went for our anniversary and told waiter it was a special occasion. He had a very blah personality and did not do anything to add to the experience. Never asked if I wanted another glass of wine. Did not tell us about happy hour price on drinks. Quoted wrong price on entree of the day, but did correct when we told him bill was different. Trout special heavily sauced and seasoned. seafood store next store was discounting the trout to get rid of it. Probably my dinner. Had been here previously and enjoyed the flat iron steak. Wine selection not my favorite for whites, red is fine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! Glad I finally tried Alfio's!
    kohl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always looking for new restaurants in which the owners have crafted something original and Alfio's is absolutely something special. Our service was great and the food was outstanding. The preparations of appetizers and entrees were very, very good - even after 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday night (the earliest reservation we could get.) Unlike some restaurants that have a limited menu featuring different-shaped noodles with different-colored sauces, Alfio's has a true variety on its menu. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great experience for our second trip. We happened to sit in the back corner and it was very loud but lively. Ravioli was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Marene
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was great and so was the service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful food, much too loud
    Middleagedguy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was a nice night at ABC, with an attentive waiter. The food was wonderful, and plentiful, with an attractive price. But the noise level was so high, that I had to lean in to hear the person next to me and it took away from the night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring Friends- Leave it to Alfio's!
    JoEllen
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    From the warm greeting at the door to an informed waitstaff, Alfio's has it all! Twenty-five years gone from Hyde Park, I returned to host a birthday celebration, and found it on the web. I chose the ambience of the neighborhood square on a Saturday night, so it was a win for me to find this dining gem! Don't miss the empanadas with drinks as you mull over the menu. My party chose pasta, pork, seafood and steak entrees, all impressive. Sides and sauces are amazing! I booked Open Table reservations from out of state, and was impressed when they called me to confirm. We took our time, never felt rushed (as weekend dining sometimes does) and wrapped the evening with a delicious dessert. i will drive 120 miles to return again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There's a lot to like. Try It
    PickyPete
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was excellent. The four of us tried items from all over the menu and there were raves all round. The menu provides lots of options and price points. The service, even under pressure, was effective, fun and thoughtful. I'd recommend you try Alfio's, but call for reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicioso
    pjw330VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This was a special find in the charming Hyde Park area of Cincinnati. It was obviously a local hotspot as every table was full on a week night. Everyone seemed to know the servers and the friendly owner who stopped to visit with each table. Steven, our server, was quite attentive, personable and patient, with a smile, as he accommodated my need to taste my wine selection first. My husband had the angus ravioli and said he would order it again. I had the lamb risotto. It was good, but I think I will try something else next time. It was a bit too gooey for my liking. We ended with the house specialty dessert--the tiramisu mousse which was quite good. All in all it is worthy of a repeat visit when we return to Cincinnati another time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hans
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Thank you for offering a creative and very tasty menu. We three each had a different entre and all were superb! Our service person was knowledgeable about the wine list and pairings and gave great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food at Alfio's is excellent. I've never had a sub-par dish there and the service is great as well. Its a great addition to Hyde Park Square. Their wine list is impressive as well. I would recommend Alfio's to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding !
    Superb
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Angus ravioli were excellent ! Grilled salad and appetizers were very good too ! Portions were large ! Loved it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.