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Alfio's buon cibo
Alfio's buon cibo

Alfio's buon cibo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alfios-cincy.com/
  • Phone: (513) 321-0555
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Argentinean
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We went here with a group of friends based solely on reviews in Open Table and we were not disappointed. Drinks during Happy Hour were great, especially the Limoncello and Espresso Martinis. Wine choices were excellent and the food was as well. Risotto was perfect and the filet special was exceptional - they even gave me some extra chimichuri sauce! Can't say enough about the service - wonderful. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The veal short rib ravioli was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. Rich and creamy."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Angus ravioli were excellent ! Grilled salad and appetizers were very good too ! Portions were large ! Loved it !"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Alfio's has delicious food; fresh flavors. Simple but varied menu. Loved it!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been here several times. The service and food are always perfection!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant and I wasn't sure what to expect. I was recommended by my mother (whom I brought with me) who tried the food at the Taste of Cincinnati. She loved the Spinach & Cheese Empanada so much this is where she wanted to have her birthday dinner. We all enjoyed the Empanada Trio very much so, my mom had the Red Trout dinner, I had the Seafood Risotto and my cousin had the special of the day which included a pulled pork empanada and Butternut Squash Mascarpone Soup. We all enjoyed the service, the food and the whole experience very much so. I look forward to dining here again!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had the short rib ravioli and the lamb risotto and both were excellent. Can't wait to return and continue to try new items."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I recently went to Alfio's to celebrate our anniversary and it was amazing! Our server was very helpful and the food was outstanding. My husband's steak was one of the best we've ever had in the city. I would highly recommend checking out this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is the second year in a row we have chosen to celebrate our anniversary at Alfio's. The food is amazing. The service is the best in the city. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. I would recommend Alfio's to everyone."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We recently went for dinner at 7:30 on a Sat. The restaurant was 85% full, and seemed very upbeat. But from the moment the hotess asked us "How many in your party?" the night of not being able to hear what anyone was saying began. Even she could not hear my answer, and I was standing right in front of her! We asked for the quietest place possible. We then had one of the best dinners out I have eaten lately...Short Rib Ravioli for the husband, Steak/crab special for a friend and grilled lamb chops with lovely vegetables for me, although my "medium" lamb was brought out very rare and took a LONG time to correct. In summary, a great place too go for wonderful food if you are with someone you have nothing to say to, or go on a Tuesday."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've been to the restaurant several times and the food has been excellent every time. The empanadas are simply amazing, particularly the spinach and cheese (which recently won an award at the Taste of Cincinnati). The crust is so tender and delicious, it really enhances the fillings. I had the wild mushroom ravioli in a cream sauce. My only comment is that the dish was light on mushrooms, some bites tasted more like roasted red pepper ravioli. But, regardless, each bite was delicious. My waiter, however, was not the best. I think I offended him early on with an offhand comment. He recovered slightly as it got closer to tip time. What are you gonna do?"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Took an out of country guest here and they raved about!! The food was amazing and service was friendly and wonderful- I know they are already planning on visiting again when they return!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We tasted an entrée from this restaurant at The Taste of Cincinnati. We were impressed. Four of us went to dinner and we loved our meals. The short rib ravioli is outstanding as were the lamb chops and seafood Risotto. I can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were eager to try a meal at Alfio's and were pleased to find it even better than we anticipated! Menu choices were unique and interesting - we had a hard time deciding but selected the lobster tail appetizer - the salsa had a fresh flavor; our entrees were the Trio and the Baby Back Ribs. The latter was so tender, the bone fell off the meat (!) and the sauce was beyond delectable. OK - dessert! The Italian Tartufo and the Argentinian Crepes were extraordinary. The prices were reasonable for the creative offerings, plentiful servings, friendly and efficient service and remarkable dining experience. We definitely will return, this time eager to try other menu items. Alfio's buon cibo - what a find in charming Hyde Park Square!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I had heard about their outstanding food..lived up to the the talk!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This restaurant won a few awards at the Taste of Cincinnati, so we gave it a try at the brick-and-mortar location. Two of the three empanadas were tasty (award for the spinach one). The wine list was not what any one would expect for a nice restaurant, and the service solidified our opinion that this is not a destination for foodies or wine lovers -- the server didn't know the difference between a Pinot Grigio and a Riesling when asked her opinion. All of us in the group skipped the entrees because nearly every one was heavy with cream sauce, creamy risotto or mashed potatoes. Save your money and go somewhere else."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The Spouse and myself are very proficient at meal preparation and presentation at our own home. Normally we spend the evening picking at the weak points of an eatery. None could be found here. The staff was excellent, and not invasive as seems to be the practice now, even in higher end restaurants. The marriage of the flavors, presentation and aromas on both of our entrees were perfect. I recommend this restaurant highly. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I brought two couple friends with us - it was there first time at Alfio's. We all very much enjoyed our dinners. Two of us had the special (4oz filet, 2 scallops and risotto).. Both of us loved it. We were seated at the back of the restaurant at a round table so we felt we could enjoy ourselves even if that included some loud laughter. We weren't rushed at all and leisurely enjoyed three different desserts and coffee. Wine was also very good. Highly recommend Alfio's for a group, but make sure you have reservations....it was packed on a Friday night."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This restaurant has some of the best food I have ever eaten-fresh homemade pasta-fantastic salad and excellent service! Plan to return to taste other menu items. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our party of four had a great meal at Alfio's. We went to the restaurant after hearing of their awards at Taste of Cincinnati and were not disappointed. We shared the Empanada Trio, Fried Goat Cheese Salad, Seafood Risotto, Short Rib Ravioli, and the Wild Mushroom Ravioli. Everything was very tasty and everyone enjoyed everything. We plan to go back. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was amazing. Will possibly go back again. Server was friendly but focused on a smaller table of 4 and absent most of the time, letting our drinks go unfilled. For the price, service should have been great. I gave her a 12% tip, but she didn't earn that at all. Noise level was higher than it should have been. Le Petite has similar prices with amazing food with service, ambience and noise level to match. For the price, I don't want to feel like I'm in an O'Charley's or any other chain. If you take the food out of the equation, I would rate them a TWO. With food and deducting for all other factors - a SEVEN. For the price, ALL factors should be high."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Alfio's is by far our favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. Everything on the menu is wonderful and the staff is fun. Try one of the monthly wine tastings. We take everyone here so they can experience what we love!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Decided to try Alfio's buon cibo and was so glad we did. The food was so good I wanted to lick my plate. Unfortunately, had made reservations for two people but needed to change to four. They could not accommodate us in the dining room, had to sit in bar area at a high top table, but was not that bad. Service was a little slow, but restaurant was pretty crowded. Would go back again, you must try."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Friendly staff, great food, nice atmosphere! What else can you ask for? "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "From the minute you walk through the door, you're well taken care of. From confirming your reservation, to having a glass of wine at the bar, to a delicious meal with great service, you couldn't really ask for anything better. Food was great (Lamb Risotto and Empanada Trio). Service was friendly and considerate. Restaurant had a great feel to it. Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a Italian with a twist."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was great. However, for a party of two, our different courses were not spaced well and we ended up waiting almost an hour for our entrees. The part-owner came to speak with us and only offered 10% off our next visit and a free appetizer off our bill. Needless to say, we were not satisfied. We won't be returning."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the portions were perfect, not too big, not too small. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was our third visit and as before found the food to be very good and the service friendly and efficient. One of the rare menus where almost every item is appealing."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "After seeing the taste of Cincinnati awards, we decided to give it a chance. Wow, great food, my wife ordered the scallops and they were just as good as the award winning short rib ravioli. Service was great too. Very enjoyable. Go early and beat the crowd. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant. We especially loved the steak ravioli. Highly recommend you get this. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had dinner at Alfio's Saturday night. We called to see if we could increase our reservation from 4 people to 6. They were very accomodating. We had to arrive a little earlier because they were booked solid b/c Taste of Cincinnati had been the prior weekend and very successful. Everyone enjoyed their meals, including appetizers (empanadas and bruschetta) and salads. The fried goat cheese and beet salad was a delightful blend of flavors and one I would highly recommend. Our waitress suggested a wine that paired very well with my mushroom ravioli entree. The only negative was that they did not offer fresh caught fish and/or organic chicken or beef on the menu. We are already thinking of when we can go back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I don't think a lot of people know about this place but it is top notch. Great location, amazing food and good wine and small patio on Hyde Park Square if you are lucky enough to get one of the few outdoor tables. Excellent Short rib ravioli with truffle mushroom sauce, scallops, caprese and grilled romaine salads, delicious lobster appetizer--wrapped in bacon with pineapple and guac. Great chimicurri steak dishes too. Delicious! People--go there! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had talked about going for quite a while and finally decided to go on a friday night. Food was excellent and the server was very good, just a little slow in terms of getting drinks and the check. We weren't in a hurry so this didnt bother us, it was just noticeable. The one draw back was the noise. Our table was so close to our neighbor's we felt part of their conversation. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The atmosphere and staff were great but the food wasn't so much. We ordered brushette and they basically they cut tomatoes up, added basil and slapped some cheese on top of the bread. It was really dry and we had to add olive oil. We ordered some pastry puff and it too was "dry". We didn't order anything else after that. I would give it a second chance."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Lovely, comfortable setting in a great old Hyde Park building. Service was excellent. When uncertain about 2 wines, the server brought a sip of each making the selection easy. Menu selections were varied and many sounded delicious. Something for everyone. Homemade pasta was excellent. One in our group had salmon which she said was very good. For us, overall the food was good, flavorful, but almost everything was, unnecessarily, a bit too salty. Would try again because there were lots of interesting choices."
    Dined on 5/17/2014