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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

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Forno Osteria & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Fit for Foodies (29)
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Authentic (29)
Casual (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Special Occasion (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Cozy (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Fun (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Comfort Food (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
People Watching (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Business Meals (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Romantic (7)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Great Beer (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Wonderful menu including regional Italian ( the marinated tuna stuffed peppers are fabulous) and wood fired oven pizza. Very friendly staff. Will definitely come back to sample more items on the menu!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent service, delicious food...little bit noisy.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I thought this restaurant was very pricey. I got a smallish piece of fish with some sauce for $27. No side dish or salad included. Thankfully it was nice outside, so we sat out there because it was very noisy inside. It has a bar atmosphere. Some places that have the word "bar" in their name is not as "bar-like", but this place is. The food was good, but it we didn't get much for the price we paid. My husband got a tortellini dish that had 4 or 5 large totellinis and that was it. No bread or anything included at all. It's probably a better place to go for just drinking and eating something smaller, like their pizzas.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We love Maria! We loved our meal. Celebrated a friends bday and Maria was awesome. She made us feel special.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Our meal at Forno was terrific. The Super Tuscan was really good and was a perfect compliment to our meal. The eggplant parmigiana was one of the best I have had. Will return!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I was entertaining friends from out-of-town and Forno was recommended by my foodie sister and brother-in-law. Their kids even recommended it. If you don't want to read any further, just know that it was exemplary in every way.

Breaking it down, the waitstaff was attentive, personable and unobtrusive. They weren't shy about recommending dishes and were efficient shuttling food and drink.

The food is simply stellar, everything we ate. We ordered several appetizers to share, everything from heirloom tomato salad to tripe (which was other-worldly good) and every dish burst with flavor. As we weren't after heavy entrées, we each ordered a different pizza. They feature thin, flavorful crusts and simple toppings. I won't describe every dish or their flavors but everything was imbued with a depth and complexity that is rare when dining out today.

Please try Forno. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Gnocchi was amazing
Gazpacho was simply delicious

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

It was nice but so crowded we were kind of on top of other people

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Any attempt to stick to a diet is happily futile when my husband and I go to Forno. Between the goat cheese and honey bruschetta, bolognese, creamed corn and lovely wine list, we're in food heaven. The service has always been fabulous and the atmosphere is hip and fun. Highly recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Went for the Pasta special. It was very good pasta and meat sauce at an excellent price. Service good as was the food.
Only difficulty, for those of us in our late 80's is the restriction that one must eat at the bar or at the "high table" sitting on backless stools.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Does not disappoint- service and food are amazing
Best brunch we have had in awhile

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This was a WOW!! We drove from Dayton, Ohio because we heard what a great restaurant it was. We were not disappointed at all! The tortellini was the best I've ever had & the pizza was phenomenal! Alex our server was wonderful, fun & explained the dishes very well!
Will definitely make the drive again soon!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Given my dietary restrictions (meat- mammal & fowl allergy), options are often limited. Not here! Heirloom Tomato Salad is to die for, the fish is really good and the pasta is unsurpassable, especially the Basil & Ricotta Tortelloni. Fantastic wine list. Decadent desserts! Overall the best meal & dining experience I've had- ever! Really, it was THAT good! And yes, I do get out, a lot!

Alex, our server, was awesome! Extremely attentive and spent as much time with us as we needed (but still gave us plenty of space). Just a few adjectives to describe him are helpful, nice, knowledgeable and fun! TJ stopped by our table too (a couple times) and also added to our wonderful overall dining experience.

It wasn't cheap, but well worth the splurge. Dreaming about my next visit. Hope it's not too long away.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Zucchini Blossoms were great. Awesome pasta dishes! Love this place.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I was really excited because I read amazing reviews about this place. I really wanted to like this place because we moved into the neighborhood earlier this year and love to be able to walk to the nearby restaurants. However, the food was really just ok. The gnocchi had a really really good flavor but was served a little cold. The short rib was under salted and dry and the porchop eventho it was a good portion, was not crispy, which is what I expect when I order a fried piece of meat. It was soggy. I had wanted to try the dessert with some coffee but the food was so mediocre that I didn't want to spend any more than the $84 dollars we paid for dinner. The service was great though and the place is very inviting. I really really wished I liked this place. It's too adorable and the menu looks amazing but what we ordered did not live up to the expectations.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The gnocchi was excellent

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I really enjoy Forno - great pastas, a good selection of appetizers and entrees, and a nice patio for outdoor dining. But their service can be lacking at times, which was our recent experience (missing an opportunity to provide an outside table, slow to take our order, messing up one of the entrees...). They need to beef up their level of service to be among Cincinnati's finest, but they're still an enjoyable and tasty option for a good night out!

Tags: Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The CN Tower is a great experience for anyone visiting Toronto for the first time. Since it cost about $40 to just go into the CN Tower, it was worth the money to get dinner there as well. Would recommend for first time visitors.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Alex our server was awesome. Food was amazing. We will be regulars for sure

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Forno is one of our favorite places to eat authentic good Italian everyday food. Everyday eating in Italy is a gustatory delight. As in Italy, the food is fresh, vibrant, tasty and beautiful. Expect excellent wine pairings.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food was very good, especially the gazpacho and creamed corn. Enjoyed the wine suggested with my entre. Price point was reasonable. Sat out on the patio on a perfect evening, though the tables are very close and we could hear what others around us were discussing. Next time, we will sit inside for privacy.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Second visit both great!!food and service excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Celebrated an anniversary that included delicious meals in a warm, friendly and quiet surrounding. We had great service from Maria, who was delightful and engaging. Our first time to dine here, but certainly will not be our last...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary and had a great meal with great service in a delightful outdoor setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 30, 2017

This was our first visit and came highly recommended from a friend. the restaurant did not disappoint in any way! Service was EXCELLENT and the food even better. Loved the setting and great place to someday stop in and grab a seat at the bar for dinner. I would highly recommend with one exception--stop charging for the bread! This is an an Italian restaurant and growing up Italian charging for bread is like charging for water!!!! Otherwise we will definitely be back soon! Loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food was very good as was the service. It wasn't overly busy or crowded and they had a table for us outside as we requested. Really my only issue was that it was a sunny day and we got a little fried with the heat. Not all the outdoor tables are shaded!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

I cannot recommend Forno. This was our first time at Forno. We had a 5 o'clock reservation and although only one other couple was in the restaurant we were seated at a table directly across from the kitchen with blaring music playing. The room was too air conditioned. The menu was somewhat confusing and although we told our waiter we were new to Forno he was not inclined to offer much help with making menu selections. Our waiter misunderstood our order and only ordered one of our entrees. When our food arrived I had a piece of trout(?) and my husband had a side of risotto. When they realized the error they did offer to prepare another entree if we wanted to split the first one, but we chose not to do that. Everything here is a la carte so you get no bread or salad with an entree. I ordered the trout which came with 2 limp pieces of asparagus and a sauce. Curiously the trout looked like salmon. I will say this is the first time I have eaten at an Italian restaurant and left hungry. Definitely unimpressed. Good if you are not hungry.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Two-bite, very expensive entrees ... must order side dishes or you will go hungry. Pizza too charred and dry.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was great! Ambiance very nice and the service was spot on! Katie did a great job!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Service was good. Bread was good and well seasoned, however you should note that there is a charge for the bread. The tagliatelle bolognese wasn't great... tasted like chili mac hamburger helper, which was just OK but definitely not what I was anticipating. The spaghettini arrabbiata was good. Atmosphere was a little cramped for my liking... too many tables crammed into a small space and needs a little better lighting.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 21, 2017

food was both good and not so good..depending upon item server was ok but did not warn us the spice level of an appetizer which was extremely spicy..restaurant was busy but service got slow as dinner progressed

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The food was great, very flavorful and cooked just right. The service was good. But once the restaurant filled up the temperature spiked and for us, was uncomfortable.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly & added to our great experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Ashley was our server and was amazing! The elenor pizza was delish and the meat and cheese tray is a must!!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Pizzas are really good. Would like to see a better variety of salad offered and at a more reasonable price. They have joined the "trend" in charging for bread - I didn't think we are in Europe.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The best recommendation I can give an Italian restaurant is that my Italian mother would eat the food and not complain. Meals are freshly and authentically prepared. The wild boar pasta was richly flavorful giving sensations not only of taste but smell and texture. My Italian cousins prepared a similar dish for me in Tuscany. My non-Italian friend raved about his pizza, how the thin crust supported the explosively delicious tomato, sausage and cheese toppings. Yummy!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The food was amazing. Service very good and the house red wine good for a group. My biggest issue is how hard it is to navigate the tables especially if it's full!! Uncomfortable. But otherwise the food is totally worth it

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The goat cheese bruschetta was delicious. The pizza and tripe were good, swordfish was a bit dry.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 27, 2017

We welcomed a new colleague also new to Cincinnati. We were able to take our time and enjoyed the moderate hubbub of the venue. The food was excellent and portions were appropriate. Our server, Katie, was well trained and an excellent resource. We will return!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun
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