Via Vite

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Via Vite is a contemporary Italian restaurant 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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JF
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. Our table had Mussel appetizers, Steak, Penne Bolognese, Lamb Ragu and Lamb Shank. Everything was perfect. It's why we keep going back there.

DE
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience1

This 50th Birthday celebration for my husband was lack luster. Despite making the reservation 1 month in advance for a 6 pm dinner we were marched upstairs to sit at a wobbly table in a corner without a view or any significant decor. There is a charge for the bread. Not much entree selection for a vegetarian (pizza or gnocchi), the Bolenesse sauce is heavy/creamy and drowns the pasta, and I did not like the tiramisu in a upright glass which made it difficult to appreciate all the layers. Overall—Blah for the price. Kids liked their pizza and the water glasses stayed full. The service was attentive.

ED
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Tera. She had great recommendations and helped us pick out some great food!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Vite is always, predictably good! We look as forward to the dining at Via, much as the theatre afterward!

NK
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went to Via Vita to celebrate my daughters birthday. We had reservations and were promptly seated. We ordered the bread basket which was yummy and a side of Brussels sprouts, which were good, but a little too spicy for me....everyone else devoured them! I knew exactly what I wanted to order as I love their Penne Bolognese. My husband ordered the lamb shank, which I have never cared for having tried lamb at a family function, but after a taste I fell in love with it! My daughter loved the orecchiette rapini pesto and sausage and my son enjoyed the calabrese pizza. The ambiance is fun and the owner walked around making sure everyone was having a great meal. They also brought out a complimentary espresso risotto to celebrate my daughters birthday, it was delicious. Via Vite is my favorite restaurant!

GV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great and the service excellent! Food was very good.

G
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful prelude to a night at the theater. As always, the food was awesome and the service top notch.

PR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious and timely. We really enjoyed the waiter who made fantastic recommendations that we acted on throughout the meal. We were celebrating our anniversary and the did a great job making it a special evening.

SW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service. It's also in a terrific location on Fountain Square in Cincinnati.

CM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, we will be back! I got the fig and goat bruschetta and the salmon. I wouldn’t change a thing!

CT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food. Very convenient for good fish, salads and gnocchis before evening theater in Cincinnati.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyable experience. Good date night dinner with my wife. All staff were excellent. Appetizers and sea bass entree were excellent. The tiramisu was not good, even after 2 tries. Poor presentation in a glass. Poor execution. We will come back.

CG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I didn’t like the fact that I made a reservation and then STILL had to wait 30 minutes to be seated after my arrival. The food was good but it could have been warmer from kitchen to table. My date said the food was good but it was cold. Our server was very good and attentive to our needs. Overall it was a good experience.

M
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and the Lamb Shank is amazing! I am a regular customer for both business and personal is this a such a great place. Note that I have been to Italy many times and lived in Boston before Cincinnati - so I know Italian food.

m
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

A review written with a heavy heart. Via Vite has been one of my go-to romantic places. I left a glowing review just a few weeks ago. However, this review is specific to VDay.

This was my second Vday dinner here. The first was 5 years ago - unfortunately, long enough to forget.

We arrived 30 minutes early and had drinks at the bar. We could see the charming first floor dining area and we were looking forward to being seated - until we were taken upstairs. Memories of the previous Vday dinner came flooding back.

The upstairs area lacks all of the charm of the lower area - especially when many more small tables have been crammed tightly together. Welcome to Via Vite’s little Siberia.

Imagine sitting at a tiny, super-wobbly, 2-top with a table cloth so large you keep tangling your feet in it and spilling your drinks. The flood lights are super bright. You can read the menus at the table beside you. Your little chair is miserably uncomfortable. No view outside at all. Sound romantic? Sound remotely pleasant? Get comfy. You’ll be here a while.

The menu is prix fixe - 3 courses with 2 options each course. We ordered both options of all 3 courses.

I’m going to hammer home the biggest problem. We sat down at 8:30. We finished our last course at 10:30. We ordered early. The wait time between each course was over 30 minutes. When those long awaited courses arrived, they were lukewarm. The purpose of a prix fixe menu is to drive efficiency in the kitchen. Yet, we got three tiny courses spread out over almost two hours and delivered almost cold.

Portions were very tiny - not equal to a small meal. With two exceptions, the food was not memorable. The gnocchi was intolerably over-saturated with garlic. I love garlic and could not eat it. The osso buco forced me to ask for salt to render edible, which I never do. 2 cold bites was all I could handle.

We made dinner at home afterward. Via Vite is permanently off of my list. I gave it too many second chances.

HH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Day and didn’t realize until it was too late to cancel, but they had a special menu. The only options for entrées were either lamb or salmon. They would have charged are credit card if we had canceled. They tried to tell us that they inform us when they called to confirm our reservation but they didn’t. And it did say it on the confirmation email but it was way down below in the small print that nobody reads. So I ate all the other stuff but didn’t have a main dinner. All the other food was good and the ambience was nice. It was definitely spendy though. I guess I’d go back again to see what their regular menu is like – but that left a bad taste in my mouth that they were unwilling to cancel our reservation because we were not informed. So many restaurants to choose from, I doubt we will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience for Valentines Day! The food was excellent and we enjoy the wine pairings as well!

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Was very disappointed in the service - felt like we were being rushed out the door. I also wish the restaurant had confirmed we wanted the Prix Fix menu when confirming the reservation.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservation for Valentines Day....Everything was fantastic! From the time we were seated until the time we left. Harley was our server and she was so attentive and sweet. Kelly(sp?) was so nice! The meal was delicious and just the right amount! Thanks so much!

CJ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants! Never disappoints. Want to try different appetizers, but can’t get past the fig and goat cheese bruschetta. Love it! Everything is fresh and so tasty. Service is always excellent and attentive. Extensive Italian region wine selection. Good for pre Arnoff

k
Cincinnati
101 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for a late dinner after a show. Full menu was available as were drinks. Especially delicious was the fig and goat cheese crostini. We were there a few years ago and found this establishment to be consistent. Will definitely return sooner than another few years.

CC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

menu is pretty limited. The food we order was average in terms of Quality and taste. Lamb shank was a bit old and tough, the risotto was too salty and seemed prepared in a mass production way

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Service, food and atmosphere were all excellent!

OT
Cincinnati
169 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 4 promptly seated for Saturday pre-show dinner. Server Trent very attentive. Brussel sprouts app was excellent, salads big enough to share, salmon entre was very good, pizza was average. Drinks + eats + tips = $200

DG
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I am always happy to write a glowing review of this restaurant. We only make there about once or twice a year and every time it is a wonderful experience. Great service and food. Manager or owner have stopped by to check in with us every time we have been there (too many places discount the value of doing this )
Great wine list too. I can’t think of anything negative to say.

WW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Good service. Wine was a bit overpriced. A bottle you could get for 10$ at the local store was 40$ at the restaurant. But overall would recommend.

OT
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience1

So disappointed in Via Vite with all the good things we heard about it. We felt that the restaurant was very cold in temperature and very cold atmosphere - very cold and uninviting and not warm at all. Food was mediocre and very expensive for just a pasta and no protein. Salad prices were outrageous. The choice of bread did not complement the Italian meal. It was a multi-grain very course and dry bread. It was cut very thick and we were given a small dish about 2 inches in diameter with olive oil and no spices. The dry bread did not even fit into this shallow serving dish. The olive oil was not enough for more than one or two pieces of bread. However, the service from Stephanie was absolutely superb! She was very good and attentive. The staff was also very friendly. We will never go back there.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every food choice was delicious. Fig-goat cheese buchetta, gnocchi with truffle, bolognese. Looking forward to our next time there!!

AS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely incredible. Would definitely go again

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience3

This place blows more than a beluga.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal every time. We are never disappointed! Bolognese with veal meatball is amazing (my boyfriend raves endlessly). The gnocchi was just want I wanted! A nice change up from the signature lamb shank (which is one of my favorites).
Can’t say enough good things! Staff always knowledgeable on great wine pairings. The Super Tuscan they keep on hand is one of the best!

HT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A few kids running around and not exactly intimate, but man, the food was good and the biłl reasonable.

EC
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful pre-Cincinnati Pops dinner at Via Vite! It was a busy evening but the service and food were outstanding as usual. Looking forward to coming back again soon.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After the play at the Theater we absolutely love the experience. Our host was knowledgeable and had great advice for each selection. More than happy to offer variations if we desired. Our dinner and apps were out of this world good. Can’t wait to go back. Can’t say enough positive about this restaurant. We were very happy! Great food and we try a lot of different places.

g
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Great location.

G
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Via Vite is a great choice for excellent food when downtown, prior to a show at the Aronoff or just for a nice night out. I had a special, a Sea Bass, which was well prepared, but left me a bit hungry. Others in my party had a pizza and the gnocchi. The latter being amazing, but super rich! Our service was as expected, well informed and very polite.

S
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Maybe the best Italian food in Ohio. Great gnocchi and bolognese, real Italian pizza, and a decent selection of wines. Highly recommended!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality food and service!

BH
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Awesome food and service