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Pitrelli's Restaurant
Pitrelli's Restaurant

Pitrelli's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pitrellis.com/index.html
  • Phone: (513) 770-0122
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Linda Pitrelli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Behind Restaurant
A word from Pitrelli's Restaurant
Tired of chain restaurants, don't like being treated like a number, well come in and enjoy our relaxed and casual atmosphere. From the moment you walk through our front door you will feel as if you have just walked into our home. Our regulars refer to Pitrelli's as the Italian Cheers. Come in and find out for yourselves why so many have made Pitrelli's their new favorite Italian restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This place reminds me of Chicago's Italian Village. We loved it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is a really good family owned place. You can tell they make the pasta in house - it's so light and fresh. We had the Veal Tortellaci and the Chianti-braised short rib ravioli and both were excellent. Good options that didn't have tomato-based sauce but weren't full of cream. The couple behind us ordered pizza and we heard them remark that it was amazing so next time we'll try that. Also excellent desserts made in house. We had cannoli and the strawberry cheesecake and they were wonderful. Their bread and salad were much better this time than a few months ago when we went the first time so nice improvement. Coffee is terrific too. I would like to see more good appetizer options. A nice cheese board would be welcome. Overall, love it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A group of eight girl friends met at Pitrelli's for dinner. Atmosphere & service were superb. Everyone seemed to enjoy their dinner with the exception of myself & another woman who ordered the same thing, Chicken Parmesan. Presentation, pasta & sauce were good. The chicken was thick and dry. Traditionally, the chicken is thin, pounded cutlets. It was hard to chew and swallow. The vanilla, bean cheesecake was not satisfactory at all. It was flavorless and spongy, actually, it tasted old. After taking two bites I passed it around the table. Everyone else agreed that it was not edible. There was still half left and I was disappointed since the server stressed that all the desserts were made in-house. Sara Lee would have been better."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great Italian food with very friendly service. Also very cost effective for food and wine."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I had heard good things about this place and we were disappointed. My pizza crust was undercooked, my husbands food was over cooked. It was very disconcerting when a violin player sat down at our table (while we were having a conversation) and kept asking if we had a request, we didn't, we wanted to get back to our mediocre meal and get out of there. He didn't get the hint, finally to get rid of him another person in our party looked at his song list and did a request. We won't be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great crispy crust and wide choice of great toppings"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went to Pitrelli's to celebrate wife's birthday. Great food and service. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Special occasions in my family are usually celebrated at Pitrelli's. It's close to home, has a great neighborhood feel, is locally owned and the pride of ownership shows. Jack's roaming violin is always a welcome part of the delicious meal. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our server was outstanding, the food and wine were delicious alot of homemade items, save room for great desserts. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food was good as always. But the service was lacking. We had reservations and were seated promptly. We waited 25 minutes before the waiter visited our table to take drink or food orders. He passed our table at least six times without even acknowledging us or to let us know he would be with us soon. There were two other waiters/waitresses at tables across from and next to ours. Usually other waiters seeing you put the menu down will offer to bring you drinks if your waiter is busy. No such luck here. After 20 minutes my 9 year old was asking to go because she was thirsty and hungry. Once our meal was ordered another server brought it to us. Our server did check on us once after, but never offered drink refills! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The service was great. Our waitress was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. She offered great suggestions on drink and food choices. I thought the prices were a little high for what we got."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I happened to pull up OpenTable up on the Internet while searching for a new place to try. I made a reservation thru OpenTable fotr Pitrelli's. We were able to find Stag's Leap wine which is a favorite. The waitress was exceptional and helped us with all of our questions about the menu. When our Italian dinners and appetizers served, we were both surprised how well the flavors were layered and the food profiles constructed. It is obvious that the head chef is very talented and use the freshest ingredients. My linguini with clam sauce was outstanding and the clams were very fresh and tender. All in all a great find and I would highly recommend and thank you OpenTable for helping us discover this local treasure! X"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our high expectations were exceeded. Everything is freshly made and the sauces, in particular, are wonderful. The wine list was good and the choice and price of the house wines was surprisingly good. Prices are very reasonable too."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went on a very busy Saturday night during prom season and the night before Mother's Day. The food and service was good despite having a full house. I had the Lasagna and my husband had the Chicken Parmesan. Not exceptional, but good and we would both get it again. On the other hand, the Oreo Cheesecake was fantastic!!! It was a special dessert for the night. We were told that all desserts are made from scratch in house. We will go back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "now that we've been to Pitrelli's a number of times, i continue to love their authentic dishes. my one critique is the fact I need to buy an entire entree for my kids. on my previous visit, i was charged $14 for a small chicken breast for my six year old, with nothing else provided. this time, when i asked about a kid's portion, i was charged the full $17.50 for chicken parmesan, the chicken breast was half the size of mine (same dish), and the pasta was brought out in a container (smaller than regular dinner portion) with no sauce. so i was charged the exact same amount and received exactly half as much. it doesn't seem like it should be that much of a struggle, unless Pitrelli's is discouraging families with young kids. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Walking into a restaurant where the owner greets you with a smile and a joke makes your dining experience wonderful! The food is good, not the best Italian food in the world but still very good. What makes this place is the outstanding service and the attention the owner gives to you and your dining expereince. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "First time there, enjoyed the meal. Friendly service, but not very attentive. The sauce sampler was a nice idea as an appetizer but $5 is a lot for 3 spoonfuls of sauce...why doesn't this just come with the bread? Still, food was delicious and we would definitely come again."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Everyone was very friendly and the food was really good. As this was our first time there, we got the sauce sampler to start - bolognese was delicious! Prices are reasonable, portions are good (not small & not huge). My husband loved his calzone (homemade crust looked amazing) and I really liked the truffle ravioli. One of our friends got the Italian wedding soup which was wonderful - everyone in our party enjoyed the food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we were very impressed with the food and the ambience of the restaurant. Having Jack do a table by table serenade on the violin was a wonderful bonus that completed the evening."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food was great....recommend clam sauce. Kids ate half portions of pasta and delicious pasta"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Nice, reliable gem in downtown Mason. Good food, well prepared and decent sized servings - many items available as a half-serving. A variety of pastas offered, as well as quite an array of sauces."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We were celebrating birthdays that night and had a great time. The brownie dessert is wonderful !"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "After our first visit to this adorable and elegant restaurant, we thought we'd give it another try. Unfortunately our second go around was horrifying. The service was atrocious and the food tasted like it was cooked days prior and was just warming on the stove. We mentioned that we were there for a slow paced, romantic dinner, which in his eyes must have meant 'I don't have to do anything extraordinary for these folks'. I bet there was a total of 5 times he visited our table over a 2 hour span of time. Such a wonderfully planned evening was ruined and we will not plan to visit again. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We made reservations for 6, and two friends showed up unexpectedly - they never batted an eye! The place was very busy (Saturday night at peak), and the host graciously smiled and told me "we'll make it work..." Within 5 minutes we were being seated at a great table. The rest of the evening went very well - food, service, entertainment (Jack the violin player!) - it was all wonderful. Finally tried the pizza after going there for years - now we're hooked!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Mix up with OpenTable reservation and restaurant as they reserved our table in the bar-area. Resaurant said it was noted that we requested table in the bar, which was not the case. No other tables were available. Location didn't ruin the evening as food was outstanding; however, it would have been nice to have a dining room table."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We're from Louisville Kentucky but were in Mason, OH because we were staying at the Great Wolfe Lodge to celebrate my daughter's best friend's 10th birthday. We chose Pitrelli's because we searched for local Italian restaurants and it came up on that search. We loved the environment and ambiance immediately. The menu and wine choices were excellent as well. However the icing on the cake, was that Jack, the violinist, played happy birthday to her and then played another 5 Disney tunes and others that she would recognize. We have now returned every year and that is our girls get away tradition. Wonderful memories!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was our second time at Pitrelli's in Mason. Their bartender makes the most amazing Vodka Gimlet. Sounds simple...but he takes it to a whole new level!! Restaurant & staff make you feel a part of the Family. Welcoming, gracious, prompt, attentive & FUN are just a few words that come to mind in explaining our dining experience. Ahhh, then the food & wine. Calamari appetizer is prepared perfectly with a light yet crispy panko exterior, deliciously tender & fresh texture. Antipasto plate is abundant and enough for several people. Veal & Prosciutto Tortellini in brown butter & sage wine sauce was delicate & light. Chicken parmesan was plentiful & prepared perfectly. Wine selections are well thought out for food offered on menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences we have had in years. Will be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Petrelli's. On both occassions I found the food to be very good and well worth the cost. On this visit we enjoyed the daily special and it was very good. The service was wonderful and I would reccommend this restaurant to everyone."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Been there several times. Have always had reservations and been seated promptly. Menu is varied, service is prompt, prices are reasonable, and food is very good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food, just a bit slow. Although we had reservations, we still waited half an hour for our table. Nice touch with violinist."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 7, and seated when we arrived, which was the highlight of the evening Our table for two was next to the kitchen and a busy hallway, so we had concerns of people bumping into us After being seated it took ten minutes for our waiter to come to the table, because he was busing tables in his area We ordered wine, which he had to come back to ask what we wanted. The service went down hill from there To be fair, my wife ordered chicken simplacto which was outstanding I ordered lasagna, which was cold. After bringing it the waiter's attention, he re-heated it and brought it back. It was not as good as Stouffer's. The best part of the evening was the 93 year old violinist. He is worth the trip but don't expect a great meal"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I had the mac and cheese with crab cakes, Friday's special. It was average. My friends did not say that the food was any better than average. Pitrelli's used to have great food. Lately, I have been disappointed. For example, 3 years ago I raved about the sausage and peppers. 2 months ago, it was just OK. The special that I had last Friday confirms that the kitchen has lost touch or is cutting costs. I am really sorry. However, the service and ambience is still great."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I had been to this restaurant years ago, and was not very impressed. Several people told me to try it again, which I did. The food was delicious, service good, and loved the 95 year old violinist. I went with a group of people and we all walked out very satisfied and will come again soon!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "If you like a place that prepares and cooks the food it serves instead of the bland chain food, Pitrellis is the place to go. The wine list is not extensive, but it is notable! They search for good to great reasonably priced wines and purchase as much as they can. Thusly, the list changes, but haven't had a bad one yet. The menu always features a special (or two), and the deserts are fabulous! It's not Rome, but it IS great food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is a great find. Recently relocated here and I was told that the Cincinnati area did not have good Italian restaurants; well they at least one. Delicious food and terrific friendly staff."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "A group of 14 had the back room to ourselves. The service and food were great. The personnal touches made it a memorable event for all that came."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "What a pleasure to find a cozy little neighborhood spot like Pitrelli's. The food was quite good but the service was warm and attentive, staff by bright and witty college kids. The old many that plays the violin from table to table is also a gem! We enjoyed the meal and the warm atmosphere very much and it was moderately priced which was a bonus!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Everything about this place was very good except for the food. I had the Lasagna Bolognese which was "mushy". My wife had the eggplant parmesan which was supposed to be sautéed but for whatever reason seemed to be deep fried to her. Other members of our party had porcini & truffle oil ravioli which was just "OK" and spaghetti with overdone meatballs. Most likely we will not return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a lovely birthday dinner for my husband at Pitrelli's Restaurant! The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. I had the seafood ravioli and if you like seafood, it's delicious! The sauce is nice and light so you can taste the shrimp, scallops, and lobster inside. The gelato was perfect after such a filling meal. And, the violinist was phenomenal and we were very impressed and felt lucky he came to our table! What a treat! My mother-in-law actually bought us a gift card, so we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014