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About Forno Osteria & Bar

Full service, authentic Italian restaurant serving appetizers, wood fired pizzas, pastas, entrees and desserts.

3514 Erie Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45208
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - closed
Tuesday - Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday- 5pm-11pm
Saturday- 4pm-11pm
Sunday- Brunch 9am-2pm, Dinner 4pm-9pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 818-8720

Website:
http://www.fornoosteriabar.com/

Entertainment:
Chef de Cuisine- Stephen Carnes

Parking Details:
Valet parking

Executive Chef:
Cristian Pietoso

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

For New Year's Eve, there will be a four-course prix fixe menu at $65 per person. Cancellations within 72 hours will be charged $40 per person to the card on file.

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Forno Osteria & Bar Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Fit for Foodies (33)
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Authentic (30)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Special Occasion (26)
Bar Seating (26)
Casual (24)
Cozy (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Notable Wine List (18)
Fun (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Great for Brunch (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
People Watching (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Romantic (9)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Great Beer (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Short of spending a wintery evening in some hill town in Tuscany, this place gives you as regionally authentic a culinary experience as it gets here these days! Each course exceeded our hopes and we went home blissed out. Molto grazie!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

The bolognese and risotto were legit. I ate every bite of it, and do not at all regret it! :)

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We visited on a Wed night and made reservations in advance.....highly recommended. We found it odd that there were five small tables in the same row occupied and only one other table by the wall occupied. Tables are quite close so I got to listen to the entire conversation of our next door table...we were against the front wall therefore only had one table next to us.

The waiter was very good and came by several times to check on us after our pizza had been served.

The pizza was EXCELLENT and being a frequent Italy visitor would say that it was as close to an Italian pizza as I've had in the USA in a long time. The price was very reasonable.

Our reservation was for six PM.....and by 7 the place was packed, even at the bar.

Our main issue was the closeness of the tables and the overall noise level.

We would go again because the food was great.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Good cold weather food. The food and drinks are always good. Try to get a table away from the door as it can be chilly

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Really enjoyed our Christmas friend get together. The food was delicious. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. I definitely will go back. Past reviews said it was noisy, but this night it wasn’t.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was not up to par this visit but the food was great, as usual. Can’t go wrong with any of the pasta or pizzas!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic! Mushroom risotto was delicious. Delia knew the wine menu and suggested the Mathew Fritz Cab. Really tasty. Paired nicely with the papperdale boar ragu and the braised beef short rib. We want to come back for the Sunday brunch when we have time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We love this restaurant. It has the best food and the ambiance is perfect!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food, great /fun staff

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Forno is for foodies who like real Italian food! The bolognese never fails to delight, and the kitchen prepared a special dish for one of our guests who wanted a vegetarian option with whole wheat pasta. Superb!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and service.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

wonderful food and environment! my only complaint is they sat us right next to another couple when the restaurant was 1/2 empty...please spread your guest out

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was excellent. We love Forno and visit frequently.
Reservations not as requested causing a hold up to seating. Server inattentive-which was the first time that ever happened.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Really outstanding food. I was not expecting such a fantastic meal. The service was also outstanding. Forno has a young, professional and enthusiastic staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed a "Date" night dinner at Forno last weekend. Whether at the bar or at a table, we appreciate the great service and delicious food. We highly recommend!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Their Bolognese sauce is one of my favorites!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and nice service!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

High energy, (which means noisy) authentic Italian cuisine w healthier options available. Very accommodating, I didn’t want potatoes w my octopus, I had roasted cauliflower instead. I wanted light oil in my lentil dish, no problem. Server was knowledgeable about wine selections. The Bolognese was outstanding & so was the eggplant. We are looking forward to returning, I loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went there for a birthday dinner and waitress messed up our order. Never received our entree.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We enjoyed our meal at Forno. The pasta was excellent and the wine list was extensive enough to offer a choice in prices. We were delighted to order the "roman artichokes" as we had just returned from a visit to Rome and that is an authentic entree there. Our waitress was delightful and brought us a complimentary dessert to go, basil blueberry panna cotta - excellent! I will definitely return to Forno.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

As always, great food and attentive service. I had eggplant parmesan and an appetizer, tempura fried vegetables on greens--I could only get through half of each! My husband had pasta bolognese which was fabulous and he had the chocolate salame for dessert. We love the atmosphere and the obvious care and pride everyone has in the food and the restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

New favorite brunch place!! Butternut squash quiche, French toast with blueberry compote, pappa al pomodoro (aka, shakshukah), pancakes, creamed corn... all rave worthy! And once again, Jamie proved to be the best server ever, surprising my table with end-of-day leftover doggie bags!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ambiance, drinks, and pizza were fantastic (did you know you could order half and half pizzas, and sample two at a time??), but our server, Jamie, really made our night!! Attentive, knowledgeable, and super enthusiastic... we'll be requesting to be in her section when we return! (And thanks to Devyn, the manager, for coming to talk to us so that we could rave a bit in person, too!)

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 3, 2017

First time and it was a good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delicious, generous portions. Knowledgeable staff. Inspired menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fabulous! Our favorite place to eat! We go at least once weekly - sometimes twice! Love eating at the bar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Have eaten here a number of times and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love the vibe of this place! Food is delicious and service is great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We came here to celebrate a birthday. Our server Jamie was amazing!!! She was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us great information. The menu has a lot of choices and is quite good. However, the portion sizes for some of the pastas are rather small for the price. Overall, Jamie helped us pick out a great combo of things to try and I would definitely recommend giving Forno a try!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I had the Arrabiata sauce- delicious. My husband had the pasta with CInghiale which was very good as well. It was prepared with typical Sicilian spices. We shared some sides that were all outstanding - artichokes, braised lentils and broccolini/rapini stalks. We can't wait to go back and try some of the other things on the menu! Only 4 stars because we have not tasted enough of the menu, but we really appreciate the authentic dishes and preparation.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Overall a very nice evening with a friend. The Server was excellent. I believe her name was Maria. She gave us very good food and wine recommendations. My only complaint was that when I went to the Ladies Room, on both occasions stood waiting for a very long time, and each time it was an individual working in the kitchen. I have never had that experience before.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We sat a the bar and loved the ambiance!!!! The food and wine were perfect!!! Service was excellent, perfect date night!!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 25, 2017

PASTA REVIEW: Ask your server about half-orders of pasta so that you can try the most of them! The gnocchi was delicious (but very rich! no need for more than a half order for 2 people) and the tagliatelle bolognese was very good (although not as good as Sotto's or Nichola's). Avoid the Spaghetti Arrabbiata, its quite bland. Eager to try other menu items another time!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was incredible. Very loud and parking always a problem in this area.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Have been here before. Enjoyed this place... very good food, service was friendly... Will be back.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Awesome food and service. However, this was our first time on a weekend night and it was jammed. The problem being that the tables are right on top of each other, they're wooden, wood floors, etc. - no acoustics. It was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk. We asked to be moved to an outdoor table. Bottom line: we love this place but will only go back on weeknights, and probably earlier in the evening.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Ashley our waitress was incredible from start to finish and added a few strong wine recommendations that we tried at dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Met friends for dinner and had a fun evening. Excellent service and good food! Would definitely recommend it -- and we will go there again. Can't say enough positive comments about the service. Our waiter was superb. He had a great knowledge of the menu, was attentive, and accommodating. Excellent service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fun
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful casual friendly neighborhood vibe. Fabulous Italian food, including some inspired by owner Christian Pietosa's grandmother. Servers are caring and knowledgable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved it!!! Went for birthday brunch. Friends had been talking about it for a year and we just hadn't made it there. Loved everything about it. At first the noise level seemed high but as a couple of tables emptied it was fine. Highly recommend it!!

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