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Via Vite
Via Vite

Via Vite Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.viaviterestaurant.com
  • Email: info@viaviterestaurant.com
  • Phone: (513) 721-8483
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Late night "After Show Menu" Friday & Saturday: 11:00pm -1:00am

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Cristian Pietoso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Available for catering for events of all types and sizes, contact Chef Cristian Pietoso at 513-721-8483 or Events Manager Shawn McCabe at 513-721-8480.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Fountain Square, Fifth & Vine Streets
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Fountain Square Parking Garage with entrances between 5th and 6th Streets from both Walnut and Vine Streets. Fountain Square exit provides elevator access that exits right in front of our building.
A word from Via Vite
Via Vite is a contemporary Italian bistro located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati right on Fountain Square. Our menu features Chef Cristian's creative spin on Italian cuisine using the best locally sourced ingredients available. Via Vite is the ideal spot for a quick lunch or a lively dinner with friends. We have private rooms available for all size groups and types of events.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Asparagus and beet salad was wonderful! My Dina pizza was tasty but a bit doughy but I liked the combination of sweet and salty toppings. We started out with one waitress and ended with another which might have been because one couple was late, but they tried to serve us another table's meals. We waited a long time before dessert was offered and we had to find someone when we wanted our check. Still, parking was easy and the Square was busy and fun to see all the activity. I would return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were at a Wine Bar in another part of town and decided on the spur of the moment to try Via Vite. We made a reservation online about 45 minutes before we arrived and they had us in the system. They asked us if we wanted to sit outside and since it was a nice night we agreed. A great view of Fountain Square! The wine list was good, and the service excellent. Will definitely bring out of town friends soon."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great start to the evening when we were given the the table I requested - one with a view of the gorgeous Tyler Davidson Fountain on Fountain Square. Our server was attentive and helpful. No problem with sharing a pizza, then sharing a salad followed by two different pasta dishes. Dinner was served very leisurely, which is fine by me but an order of pepperonata was provided when there was a long wait for our salads. Very tasty!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Very good location--right on Fountain Square! Perfect for lunch or dinner. Service was quick & the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The staff are very friendly, service is quick. Excellent food."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had a group of 20 and they happily accommodated us! They split the bills correctly, got the food orders right and were happy that we chose them for our night out. Love this place (for big or small groups)!"
    Dined on 4/24/2013
  • "We had a 16 birthday celebration for my son at Via Vite. My husband and I love this restaurant and the food is always outstanding as is the service. But this time the dinner was outstanding as always but the service was just ok. I don't know if the server was new or what but we were disappointed with the service. Food was top notice!!!!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Great find on Fountain Square. Knowledgable staff. Very friendly. Just filled the table with salads and appetizers and we're thrilled and filled."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It was our first time dining at Via Vite, and we were a little disappointed. The restaurant staff was very friendly and we enjoyed the ambiance, but the portion sizes were very small. For two people, we ended up eating an appetizer, two bread baskets, our entrees, and a "side for the table" (which only fed one of us). We ended up still having room for dessert from Graeter's."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "the service was excellent the pizza was truly italian with an intense ovine oil garlic sauce oven artichoke hearts and olives. The butternut squash ravioli was sumptuous!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "All 4 of us enjoyed our dinners. 2 people got pizzas and really loved them, but they were almost big enough to share so lots of leftovers. I got the gnocchi that our server said was one of her favorites- it was good but not amazing. However the carmelized brussel sprouts were amazing! We got a half priced bottle of wine which was a good deal for a restaurant. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The server seemed annoyed that we asked for the regular menu not knowing that only brunch was served on Sundays at 11 when we arrived. Food was average, I've definitely had better. Crab cake burger needed more flavor. Ravioli was ok. Bread was delicious. My daughters pizza was decent. I was expecting something more, but I'll probably go back to try the lunch or dinner menu."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Went on Sunday night for date night. They have half off wine bottles on Sundays. Our server was very knowledgable and very attentive the entire meal. Best dish was the tuna entree and their Caramel ice cream for desert was incredible!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My ten year old daughter suggested an Italian restaurant for lunch. We decided on via vite and she loved it. It was a great first experience for her. The waitress was wonderful and the food delicious! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The service was well timed, out server was sweet, and the chef came out to speak to us and told us the culture of the dishes we had chosen. We were very charmed by them and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We never miss going to Via Vite whenever we are in Cincinnati. The service was excellent and the food was superb."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went after a matinee show and we loved it! We are already planning on returning in the summer. The special appetizer was order for everyone at the table. Lots of flavor. 2 loved it 1 did not like the anchovie. The server was wonderful. Friendly, timing of food, knowledge of their wine and also noted they white truffles were available on this particular evening and recommended. The white truffles were wonderful in the crusty gnocchi dish. Everyone was very pleased with their entree selections and also the brussel sprout side ordered for the table. We decided on 3 different desserts to share. All of them were great, but the Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee was hands down the favorite of the three."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our first trip to Via Vite and it was absolutely wonderful. I needed a great dining adventrue at the end of a difficult day, and this was perfect. Spend time enjoying the great atmosphere, wonderful wine list, amazing food when you go to Via Vite!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I highly suggest this restaurant for anyone who can appreciate fine dining at a reasonable price. We took suggestions from other reviews and ordered the Bruschetta, Crispy Gnocchi, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, and Caramel Complexity. We gushed about the food so much that the Chef came to our table to personally thank us. I have never had such a wonderful experience at a restaurant. We are already planning our next visit."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food and service was very good. Very loud downstairs so we asked to be seated upstairs, not quite the same ambience, but overall we were satisfied."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "a great place for lunch, but the noise level prevents it from being a good place to have a lunch 'meeting'."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "It was a birthday celebration for my friend which began with dinner at Via Vite [me, the Butternut Squash Ravioli with Lobster Tail; she, the Filet with sauted fresh spinach and garlic mashed potatoes. First course was the Mussels in the most amazing broth - completely consumed with the fresh baked bread, and she a goat cheese salad with Rasberry vinegar dressing. All exceptional!] Off to see the Wizard in WICKED at the Arnoff; only to RUSH back for desert! Dark chocolate creme brulee with Rasberry infused whipped cream and a Carmel tower of carmel flan, mouse and gelato between baked filo dough layers! YUM! a perfect evening complimented by a perfect meal... Chef Christian is more than consistent - he NEVER disappoints!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went to Via Vite before Broadway show. Excellent food and wine list to match. Great spot for moderately priced, casual Italian cuisine."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was delicious. I had the Italian French Toast and my mom had the penne with bolognese. So tasty! The chef even came out to greet us and see how the food was."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Wow!! I am a visitor to Cincinnati and an avid foodie, as is my dining companion. Chose Via Vite after reading reviews and it was a close walk from the hotel. We were delighted with our server Maggie, the best in the business. She described in detail the dishes and drinks and made recommendations. We chose the Boucheron goat salad, the carrot custard like appetizer, the crispy Gnocchi and rich diver Scallops. Each choice was over the top delicious. Very well prepared and great flavor. I highly recommend the Via Vite. And ask for Maggie. She is fun and knows her stuff!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We wanted to try something different while we were out of town for a weekend getaway. Called ahead to our hotel and they recommended Via Vite (as an Italian restaurant). It was a bit on the "club" side, not really a quiet, romantic place. HOWEVER, having said that, we were seated in an out-of the way semi-quiet corner. The service was fantastic and we were even visited by the chef who was charming and humble! The menu had a lot of variety and our server was very helpful in helping us make selections. I enjoyed one of the stonefired pizzas (Veggie) and it was wonderful with great flavor! My husband had the Roasted Chicken. He enjoyed it immensely, We also indulged in the rice pudding for dessert and it was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was looking forward to a great meal and had never tried Vie Vite before. The whole experience started with a Tim Gunn wannabe presiding as host. Not friendly or cordial in any way. There is an overall energetic atmosphere about the restaurant with a great location right on Fountain Square, but the dining room is over-packed. The servers had to literally hoist their rear ends up and over seats as the were going from table to table as the tables are placed right on top of each other. I would be fine with any of this if the food was good, but it wasn't. I ordered the pasta e fagioli, as I love fresh pasta, but the noodles were so dense it was like eating boiled pie crust. The service was abysmal, too. I would rather eat at Olive Garden."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "As residents of the Big Apple, we have a wide choice of excellent Italian restaurants from simple to refined. As occasional visitors to the Queen City, we have often found a certain lack of authenticity in the cuisine, and a lack of choice. Your New York visitors are happy to report that the Queen City has now found its place on the culinary map of excellent Italian food in America in the form of Via Vite, located on Fountain Square. Credit goes to Chef Cristian Pietoso, a native of Tuscany, for his authentic and comforting treatment of classic Tuscan dishes and for his charming and welcoming personality. We could not recommend it more highly. Via Vite is this New Yorker's refuge in the Queen City."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Had 6 pm reservation and was seated immediately. Told wait staff that we were attending an 8 pm show. Dinner was not presented until almost 7:30 and this was after asking three times about status of food. Pizza was cold and tough, gnocchi marginal, fish flavorless and bolognese decent. Needless to say, we had to shovel down our food and run to the show. They did comp us our drinks which was a nice gesture."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "If you like loud, energetic atmosphere, this is the place. They were so busy this night, our waitress forgot many things and kept on saying "im sorry" all the time. The chef bussed tables as well. Our bruschetta was very disappointing for $11 we got two small pieces of toast with sliced red and yellow cherry tomatoes thrown on top with a few shreds of basil. No cheese. Not a good presentation for a bruschetta."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ho mangiato bene finalmente, prosciutto rucola e mozzarella di bufala come antipasto un secondo a base di pesce (Tonno lo consiglio). Per la pasta il condimento è ancora un po' troppo Americano.....sarà di sicuro un punto da sviluppare meglio Cristian ha le doti per farlo e per far apprezzare ancora di piu' il gusto e lo stile Italiano."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Dined here 10 months ago with our then 8yr old. We new we wanted to dine here again as our experience was a nice one. We loved the food and the service then and it was no exception this time around. They accommodated my gluten allergy again making this a top stop for us when we are in Cincy."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service we had was outstanding. The chef came out and spoke to us. The entire experience was awesome and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "the service that I received at this restaurant was top notch and our server was very knowledgeable and polite.I've already recommended this restaurant to friends and family and will be going back very soon!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was very good. Had bow tie pasta with salmon, white pizza and brussel sprouts. All are worth going back for. Our waiter was knowledgeable but not very dynamic which is what kept this from being 5 stars. Perfect place to go if you are going to the Aranoff for a show."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food- braised pork belly, goat cheese salad, yellow pepper soup, lamb shank, and butternut squash soup with lobster was all excellent. I loved the views of Fountain Square. Everything was excellent."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our waiter was extremely polite, there was parking below the restaurant and the food was amazing. The view out the window wasn't the most exciting or scenic view I had ever seen but there is a fountain with statues nearby that was quite beautiful. The wine list was ridiculously long and the dessert options were fairly extensive but our waiter was happy to make suggestions. He asked what type of alcohol/food preferences we preferred then gave suggestions when asked. The service was fantastic with amazing food at a decent price, perfectly timed service and a comfortable but romantic atmosphere. I would suggest it to anyone going on a date and will be going back the next time I am nearby."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We had never been to Via Vite. What took us so long? Sunday night half price wine night before the theatre a must! The food was amazing, the place was packed but we could hear ourselves think. Great sound baffling. Service was 5 star an all in all. pleasant experience. We're going back next Sunday. Amazing pizza, appetizers, mussels, etc. Something for every price point."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "There is a shining star of a restaurant when the service is phenomenal!!!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I've been to VIa Vite a number of times for dinner. The food and service are normally impeccable, but this experience was far from great. We had 12 people for lunch, but only 1 server. It was my wedding day, and I had made a reservation, so the party size shouldn't have been a surprise. The service was slow. When our food finally came out, it had to be auctioned off, and a few of the plates were completely wrong. The two or three extra servers handing out plates were muttering how "jacked up all this is", highly unprofessional, and not what anybody wanted to hear. I will go back to Via Vite, but probably not for lunch."
    Dined on 3/7/2014