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Ferrari's Little Italy
Ferrari's Little Italy

Ferrari's Little Italy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ferrarilittleitaly.com
  • Phone: (513) 272-2220
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Greg Wright
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Ferrari's entire menu is available for carry out and many items are available in larger portions from our catering menu. All catering size pans serve eight to ten people. We will deliver with a minimum purchase and can do set up on-site.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ferrari's restaurant consists of a variety of different size rooms that can accommodate large and small parties. One room, with fire place, will hold up to 40 guests while the larger room can accommodate up to 75 guests.

    It has always been our policy at Ferrari's to eliminate the "unexpected" for our guests. There are no hidden fees.... set up fees, room charges or consulting fees. Our rooms can be reserved one year in advance. To confirm a reservation a deposit is required. All deposits are refundable with a 21 day notice. Final guest counts must be provided 72 hours prior to the event.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris or Cathy (513) 272-2220

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Miami Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ferrari's Little Italy
Ferrari's Little Italy & Bakery is located in the heart of Madeira, across from Madeira Kroger. Ferrari's is an authentic Italian Restaurant featuring Northern & Southern fare with excellent value & generous portions. Ferrari's has been operating for over twelve years and is family owned and operated by the Bassano family. The restaurant has two private dining rooms available for private parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings, or family gatherings. We also have an outside patio dining area that is beautifully landscaped with an Italian mural and a stone lighted waterfall. Ferrari's offers full service dining, carry-out, and catering, with an on-premise Italian bakery and Italian grocery.

At Ferrari's we feature family style dining. Our portions are large enough to share, they often border on the surreal. We invite you to enjoy the vera cucina piccola italia, the true cooking of Little Italy.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "I think it is a good place to eat with a date. Good food, drinks, and service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I ate here for his birthday and we aren't from the area and we just loved this little restaurant. The service was great and very hospitable. I was immediately telling my friends about the restaurant and that they should go with their significant others. Wonderful spot for a little celebration and the food and wine was amazing. I can't wait to go back again sometime soon."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday with 3 generations and had a great time. They were very accomodating with a cake I brought, bringing it to the table with lit candles. They brought a high chair for the baby and made us feel right at home. They were very busy and we needed to ask twice for plates ' forks and water. But otherwise it was a great dinner."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the the evening very much. Good Italian food moderately priced and friendly service. The Lasagna is one of the best I've had including my Grandmother's, and she was good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Loved the BBQ chicken wood-fired pizza. The insalata Ferrari is wonderful as well. Love having such a good spot so close to home."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went to Ferrari's for lunch and had an excellent meal. The service was top notch and the lunch portions were just right. It was busy but pleasantly quiet. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We dine at Ferrari's all the time and love it very much. The specials are always amazing and the wine list is great. I got the tortellini and he got the salmon. They were both wonderful. The bread basket thee bring is always full of delicious freshly baked bread. So yummy!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Had a lunch meeting at Ferrari's. Able to get a table in a quiet section of the restaurant. Server didn't bug us, but was very attentive. Great food. Large portions. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We love this place! Reminds us of restaurants that we enjoyed in Europe with out any pretence. I really enjoy their stuffed mushrooms, house salad, crab cakes, pizza, Everything I've ever had here. Casual enough to feel very comfortable & nice enough to feel like I've treated my family. We visit their bakery & get carry out twice as often as eating in & that works well for picking dinner up on the way home from work or school. Great place for lunch or dinner ! Enjoy +"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The pasta here is very good and the portions are large and easy to share. The pizza is just OK - tomatoes on my pizza margherita made is soggy."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the portions were generous. The staff was very attentive. Definitely would come back again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Perfect spot for the first date. Impressed by the personal attention given by the server without any intrusiveness. On arrival, they were happy to give us a lovely private table by one the fireplaces which made the evening simply splendid. Have been a few times in the past and though have always been big fan, this most recent visit was simply top notch. Had not tried the wood fired pizzas until this visit either, will certainly be ordering one again. All around, could not have picked a better place in greater Cincinnati for a first date."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Since there are few great Italian restaurants in the Cincinnati area, we wanted to love Ferrari's Little Italy. The atmosphere is old school in and outdated sort of way. Our table was right by the bar and a pathway for the service staff so we felt like we were sitting in the way. The service was good, just lacking some of the ease and attentiveness that great restaurants have. The portions were huge. Calamari was dense with batter and greasy. Pasta was a bit overcooked. Sauces were heavy but had a nice flavor. Good, just not great."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "While waiting for our table near the bakery, we overheard a gentleman demanding his wife's money back from buying a pastry and that he wanted to give the restaurant "not another cent!" He was very angry and said that your restaurant staff were "nasty" and that you had lost a customer for life. He also insisted that the couple he was with would not be back either. I still am unsure what went wrong but this kind of outburst without anyone really doing anything was amazing. We stayed and met our friends for dinner and had a great time. The food and service was great but I wanted you to know about this as it was my husbands first impression and we both will always remember it. Thanks for listening! KB"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "As always, we loved all of our meals at our table of 5 and easily have another 5+ servings with the leftovers. We split one small house salad across 3 and it was plenty for a side salad. My only small complaint was that service was spotty. Had to repeat requests and did not see our server very often. It felt as if they maybe were a bit understaffed for a Saturday night. It will not keep me from going back though!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a great dinner in this hidden neighborhood gem. It was our friends birthday on a Friday during lent and she doesn't eat fish. We were all able to find a wonderful substitutes for meat and they were all delicious."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 7pm but wasn't seated until 7:30. We had brought people for the first time. we were disappointed we had to wait that long to be seated. However the food was good and the waitress prompt."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was wonderful however we had a reservation at 7:15 and weren't seated until 8 PM very very busy"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed the atmosphere for dinner with friends. We were seated in a small room with only one other table. Great for conversation. Service was good and timely. Loved the variety of breads that is served. It was hard not to eat all the bread before our dinners were served. Decent selection of wines and affordable. Portions are large. All of us took home leftovers and also noticed most guests doing the same. I loved the eggplant Parmesan and my husband really enjoyed the veal Parmesan. We were all too full to order dessert. Will return when I want tasty italian food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Huge portions for people who want filling, fattening food."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Although it's a little drive for us, it is so worth it since our fav real Italian place closed. Ferrari's has put true Italian back into our tummies!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We found this 'near me' as we were from out of town and needed dinner on a busy Saturday night. We only waited a few moments and then were ushered to a charming table in the back. It was crowded and busy, but our waitress was sweet and calm. I asked for something off menu and it was no problem. Our meals came quickly and were to quality."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have been to here numerous times over the past 20 years. This was not the best experience I have ever had. The calamari was still rubbery and tough. Also I got my pizza 10 minutes after my husband got his lasanga. The service was ok but not prompt at all. Plus we were never told the specials. I also felt like we were thrown in corner of room and not so romantic."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We took a couple to it for the first time and they really liked the food and atmosphere. They like the Natinoal Exemplar a lot and thought that they would like this location also."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Nice spot. Calamari caesar was un inspired. Service and decor made up for it"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We got there for an early lunch and the restaurant was not crowded yet. The food and service was great. There is plenty of space between tables and the rooms are arranged so you can have quiet conversations even when the restaurant filled up. It was a good experience!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Can be a great romantic spot if you ask for the right table! It's been a while since we last ate at Ferraris, but selected it for a special night out. Not at all crowded, and we got a nice secluded table away from the larger groups. It wasn't quite what we recalled, a little less formal than in years past, but our food was very good and the portions still generous. Highly recommend the Ferrari salad and the linguini carbonara."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with Ferrari's. The food and service is always excellent. The great thing about dining here are the portioins are HUGE so there are always some leftover to take home."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Have been to Ferrari's many times in the past and have thought it to be romantic and intimate. This visit however was anything but that, as we encountered very close proximity seating, bright lights and a very loud group close to our table. Food was great but not a place that I would call a romantic destination for my wife and I anymore. This was our Valentines dinner and it wasn't what we were used to in the past."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I forgot how great this little Madeira gem is! The service is great, food is outstanding, and the atmosphere was perfect. Kind of casual, but not overly so. Not too loud. Nice fireplace and small bar, just really nice all around!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great restaurant with wonderful Italian food. Not too pricey for two, either. However, they have several different dining areas, some are cozy and romantic, and others are like being in a cafeteria. We seem to always get seated in the latter area, which tends to be drafty and cold, and takes away from the dining experience. Lovely dining area outside when the weather is nice. However, one time we were seated by the fountain, and were subsequently moved because another customer requested the table - a little odd, but I guess you keep the big spenders happy...?"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I went on a date with my boyfriend to celebrate V-day and the food was absolutely great! There were a few reasons as to why I didn't give this restaurant an oustanding review and that is because a poriton of the floor was tiled and it made it challending to walk in heels. I had to walk carefully as I had slipped a few times but was able to catch myself. Second the parking was very limited. Both my boyfriend and I thought our table was in an odd place and not as romantic as we had hoped. This wouldn't stop us from going again because the food was GREAT! Although I was disappointed at the limited selection of their baked items, which I was intially excited about since there are no Italina bakeries (at least that I am aware of) in Cini"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Ferrari's. My fiancée and I were seated in a smaller room which was quaint. There were four tables, one of them being a round that sat six. After we were seated, the staff added 2 more places at the table for 6 and the room became crowded and noisy. The ambience was gone. Our service was lacking too. We were told the specials when we were placing our order then heard a different special when the larger table was being waited on. I ordered the veal piccata which was flavorless. The dish had no seasoning whatsoever. The server did ask about it and she quickly replaced it with something else. That being said, the calamari and lasagna were good. Overall, not an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excellent Italian cuisine. Service was wonderful. Dessert was delectible."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Our last minute date night came together beautifully thanks to the staff at Ferarris. We were aware that it was Valentines weekend and expected delays and possibly a rushed dinner. However we were seated within 10 min of our reservation time. Morgan made sure to answer all questions. When I asked about a wine recommendation she asked another staff member what would be best and I appreciated her sincerity. Her suggestion was perfect. Often times (esp with wine) I feel as if the server is suggesting a specific wine out of duty or to win a staff contest. I was glad she didnt get flustered and instead took the time to ask. The food was excellent! Start to finish great time and beautiful meal. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a reservation for five and they put us in the side room in the corner. It was snowing that night and it felt like we were in a cold cellar. We had our two boys with us (ages 9 and 7), and there was a small toddler at the table next to us. The dinner was fine; good for kids. It ended up working out well for the boys, but I never felt quite warm enough or settled. The table was extended to accommodate our family, and my husband had to hold on to his plate for fear it would end up in his lap. If we make reservations here again, I will know to try to ask for seating in the main dining room."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Low key restaurant in the heart of Madeira so it is close to home. It was quiet with tasty pasta dishes and had a nice ambience. This is my second time coming and enjoyed it each time. I will be back again."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We went here for a late mother's day gift for my mom. Everyone was very friendly and inviting. It was early still so the place had not filled up yet. Food was quick and tasteful. Bread was also awesome and remarkable. We had a reservation but still we got seated right next to another couple. My only complaint is if you have plenty of room, why not spread out your guests while there is still room. I really didn't enjoy hearing the other couples dinner conversation, but that was easily remedied when they left for the night. Our server was fantastic and right on top of things. My son loved the "cheese" bread and couldn't get enough."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We visit our daughter often and make this restaurant a definite must. Great food with many choices. The shrimp scampi is second to none. This restaurant provides a cozy atmosphere with many small rooms that give it much warmth. Love the fireplace. Keep doing what you're doing as it certainly is working. Kudos to you and can't wait to visit again and place Ferrari's on the top of our list."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "cute restaurant but my lasagna was only warm...as in not reheated enough! Service was slow and we were there at a non busy lunch time. Bakery did not have much selection. Unfortunate since I have heard good things."
    Dined on 2/4/2014