Ferrari's Little Italy
Ferrari's Little Italy

Ferrari's Little Italy

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ferrarilittleitaly.com/
  • Phone: 513-272-2220x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • 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 513-272-2220x

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
Ferrari's Little Italy reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)great for outdoor dining (49)special occasion (29)fit for foodies (28)romantic (25)good for groups (24)great for lunch (21)kid-friendly (17)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (5)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Another Great Dinner Date
    happy2eatout
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I have been here a number of times for dinner and I have also met friends for lunch here. The food and service are both wonderful regardless of day or time. Saturday nights get very busy but it does not effect wait staff or quality of food in any way! We have tried four of the pizzas and a different appetizer and soup every visit and all have been fresh, flavorful and delicious. You will not be disappointed whether its your first or fiftieth time eating there!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Italian restaurant
    Italiangem
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This restaurant reminded us of our trip to Rome..very cozy and great food. For kids the portions are big. Great salads and the tiramisu was awesome
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shrimp Scampi Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    seafood items were very fresh...shout out the chef that made an amazing seafood bruschetta special...please put it on the menu...excellent food and service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great food, but service is slow. I have been there many times and will continue to go back for the food. Be prepared to be there awhile as you wait for the basics like drink refills.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An authentic Italian experience
    ItalianHug
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    If you love authentic Italian food then you'll love it. Very large portions and a reasonably good wine list. Worth your time just for the brick oven pizza which is great and is the least of your choices.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    BuddyinCincinnati
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had dinner at Ferrari's last Saturday night to celebrate my wife's birthday. Food was excellent, but our server seemed very "scattered". We had to remind her to bring bread, ice tea glasses sat empty for a long time, and when we attempted to get our server's attention, she didn't seem to see us. She was very prompt in bringing the bill, though..........
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WoebmacVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Ferrari's never disappoints! The food is outstanding and the service attentive but not overbearing. I'd recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Great Outdoors
    ghost23VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    May be one of the best al fresco dining spots in entire area! Food is consistently good coupled with nice wine choices, especially on Tues and Wed at half price. The patio tho is the place to be, spacious with trees and character. Loved the shrimp Capri, large enough to share. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice atmosphere and food
    Laura
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great Italian feel and quaintness. Wonderful breads, salads. We have been before, enjoyed coming back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ferrari's
    zzackw
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great restaurant, food is great whether you have pasta or filet medallions or chicken, everything is wonderful. I would recommend this place for couples or groups and it has a great family atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    Lovewine
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do you like Italian?
    Arthur
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family dinner spot
    Julio
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian!!
    Foodie1101
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Loved the BBQ chicken wood-fired pizza. The insalata Ferrari is wonderful as well. Love having such a good spot so close to home.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Ferrari's
    Amymfisher2211VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Place
    Tbones
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I think it is a good place to eat with a date. Good food, drinks, and service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian
    LoveJazz
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch meetings
    Skybird9
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place !
    thegodmudder
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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 +
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy pasta
    Painter
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was delicious and the portions were generous. The staff was very attentive. Definitely would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food, and atmosphere
    Nmystic22
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent, but Can't Rave About It
    FoodieForeverVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, will be back.
    KatieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always yummy
    MBDM
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun good with friends
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ferrari little Italy
    JillVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food But..........
    princess
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great italian dinner
    Grif
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Huge portions for people who
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Huge portions for people who want filling, fattening food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    AnnBVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally Italian!
    kentuckysat
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We took a couple to it for
    Bill
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same it used to be
    klktbearVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch ok
    PtomaineVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Nice spot. Calamari caesar was un inspired. Service and decor made up for it
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can be a great romantic spot
    ABC1
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for lunch
    Skybird9
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    yecatsruns
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food & service
    ABCD
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Excellent Italian cuisine. Service was wonderful. Dessert was delectible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.