Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery

4.6
78 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Our second location in the heart of Olde Montgomery. Full service, authentic Italian restaurant serving appetizers, wood fired pizzas, pastas, entrees and desserts.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Saturday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM

Brunch:
Sunday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
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Phone number
(513) 231-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cristian Pietoso
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
We have a parking lot behind the restaurant. There is also a large public parking lot across the street from our lot. Street parking is available after 6:00PM. Our entrance is on Montgomery Rd. There is a walkway that to the right of our building that will lead to to Montgomery Rd.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 78 People Are Saying
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here yesterday, being regulars at the Hyde Park location since it opened. The Montgomery location has a similar menu to the original, but we think tasted even better. Portion size is excellent. The eggplant was amazing and the cod preparation was delicious, perhaps the best fish dish we have ever had in Cincinnati and we are locals who frequent restaurants. Our server was congenial and knowledgeable and highly competent. We are already planning a return visit!

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OS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Too noisy... uncomfortable table..too many of the staff going around the table constantly...better to remove that particular table for four.it was in the middle of the room.

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PM
Cincinnati
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good and service was excellent. Noise level bordered on unacceptable. We had 1/2 and 1/2 truffle and corn pizza--both delish. Antipasti was just OK. Wish they had less dishes with veal--I can't think on anyone I know who still eats veal. Overall worth returning.

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OT
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We would have liked more salad choices. Most were to exotic for my taste. A bit pricy but the service and food were above average.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kathryn was very accommodating and helpful, as I was on crutches and needed a seat out of the way. We love bolognese night on Tuesday! What a nice surprise to meet Christian tonight in Montgomery too! Forno is a great addition to our part of town!

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KT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time trying the Montgomery location of Forno, and it did not disappoint! Our server was fantastic and we all enjoyed our various dishes (I'm a sucker for a good tagliatelle bolognese!) Great to have this option not very far from where we live.

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PJ
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, lovely environment, nice remake of the interior. We will look forward to coming back

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h
Cincinnati
97 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

There is a great variety to choose from and many of the dishes are unusual. The deconstructed caprese starter and the cod entree served on bed of sautéed peppers and onions was fantastic.
My only suggestion for the restaurant is to remove a table or two from the crowded dining space. The tables are so close together that the servers can barely move around the room and when you scoot your chair in or out, you run into the diners next to you.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ok restaurant but the food did not impressed me. Ordered a gnocchi and in my opinion there was a strong taste of onion and i love onions. But it was too much

Also saw a lady returning her plate bc she did not like it. I think she ordered a salmon

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r
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is good. With the new Brick Oven made the space is a little crowded.

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j
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was so friendly, informative, and accommodating! Food was great. Tables were very close together, hard for servers to get through or weave through to get to restroom. A bit loud but still able to carry on a conversation. Will definitely go back

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TF
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Amazing food. Horrible service. They must have been short staffed as we waited over 30 min to place our order and had to ask repeatedly for water. It was also loud and crowded. So sad as we LOVED the food. Been there twice and it was the same experience.

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BW
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server made our ding experience great!! Not to mention the food. Excellent restaurant.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food

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OT
Cincinnati
99 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Meet friends and had a good evening. Went on a Thursday night and was crowded. A little noisy. Server was different and not great at remembering pepper mill for the salad and cheese to put on top of pasta. Food was VERY good. I had a pork chop that was split and pounded out that was awesome. Just a huge portion! I had 2 more meals out of it.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. We were seated just outside of the kitchen so there was a lot of movement around our table. Would have preferred to be seated around the perimeter of the restaurant.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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SC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The eggplant parm was intensely salty and overcooked. The soup was salty also. We asked for a quiet table and were placed in a noisy spot even though other quieter spots appeared open.

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JL
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of Cincinnati's treasures and may be the best Italian restaurant in the area. Located in the heart of Montgomery Forno has a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere. The food was incredible and their wine list is deep and appropriate. We plan on returning soon.

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N
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

When we first visited their Hyde Park location, it was ...okay. But, we have it another shot at their second locale in Montgomery and were pleasantly surprised. Michelle our server was wonderful and the food yummy. We will be back!

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D
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is delicious. smell of the building is heavy. Service was great.

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Phoenix
100 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We feel the new location in Montgomery is even better than the original. Easy parking, fun vibe and great shareable nibbles. Arugala pizza with truffle oil was an amazing surprise and enjoyed immensely. Mushroom risotto was so yummy but too rich for one person to eat. Anti pasta for 2 was good for 4 people, too. It’s so nice to have a casual and yummy place to go nearby. Christopher, the chef, stopped by and was hilarious and friendly. Interior is warm, but have heard some of the tables are too close together.

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AB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this little spot! The layout is better, in my opinion than the one in Hyde Park. Much more private feel to tables and booth and the bar is not in the main dining room. Foods was excellent. The artichoke soup is not to be missed and you can’t go wrong with a pizza from their ovens. Chef came around to check on us and we chatted a bit about his time in Florence, Italy. Super friendly staff. A great spot, will be back many times!

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T
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and nicely decorated...octopus was great...but the rest was slightly disappointing...the pizza was supposed to be slightly crunchy...the cheese was not completely melted, the pizza crust was great but the remaining was soggy...the gnocchi were probably homemade but looked like they were just rolled...Italians would scream shame at the shape! Not impressed

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S
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good. Wine pours are a little "light" though. Overall it was a nice place to go. I have been to better Italian restaurants here in Cincinnati, but I would go back.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service.

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R
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, it was a little loud but besides that, we will definitely be coming back!

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k
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Forno is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Cincinnati. We had the Cod which was delicious and the bolognese. Their eggplant parm on the sides menu is excellent and I am a full-blooded Italian who is picky about eggplant! The service was good. It can get loud especially at the tables in the center of the room. We sat in a booth which is a bit quieter.

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F
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we have a Forno in Montgomery! The atmosphere is comfortable and the food is outstanding! In fact, I think our meal here was better than we’ve had in Hyde Park. The octopus was perfectly cooked and tender. The beans and vegetables with the tuna had the perfect balance of texture and seasoning. Christian was the quintessential chef-host making all the tables feel welcome. This is definitely our go-to neighborhood gem!

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SQ
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is wonderful. It’s quite noisy, but you somewhat get used to it.

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always...our new go to whenever friends come into town. Christian does a great job of making everyone feel welcome and the staff attends to every need. Always an enjoyable meal in a very comfortable atmosphere.

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DS
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I wanted to go to a place reasonably close that served good food. We were very pleased with our decision. The food was good and the service excellent. We definitely will return.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Dining room very noisy and tables stacked on top of each other. Chose to eat in bar instead.

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, outstanding food and excellent service. Top notch all around. The food was authentic and delicious and prepared wonderfully. I would definitely recommend Forno to all my friends. A great new addition to Montgomery!

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christian was such a gracious host. We loved Cinque, and now Forno even better!

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F
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Cristian delivers the best Italian in Cincinnati in his newest venue. We were fortunate to have him personally attend the the needs of every table. Terrific job by all!

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SF
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

First impression is good, you walk in and the place is lively - love the neighborhood feel. Then, after making a specific phone call to the restaurant asking for a table in the window area, which they said was no problem, they put us by the kitchen. We asked to move, they were barely accommodating. Server was slow to come to the table, then we felt rushed to make selections. Asked if we wanted bread, but did not state there was a charge. The wine selection was nice BUT the pours incredibly chintzy. Maybe 4 ounces in a glass that was $10.00 a glass. Meatballs were very good, pizza’s were just ok. Bowl of pasta - $17.00!!! And not even a big bowl. Then it took forever to cash out. I have been to the Forno in Hyde Park, it is good and the service is very good. This experience makes me not want to return to this locale.

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R
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our first visit to the Montgomery location. Loved that the chef visited with us twice!

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ST
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Always great food when it was Cinque and now Forno. But in the main dining room with the pizza oven/bar in the corner, the room temperature was probably 80F+, to the point where our server is sweating and we're roasting. Got to get that figured out.

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DH
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new addition to our dining experience. Still in shakedown as a new place but better each time. It is always great seeing Christian in the restaurant.

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