Via Vite

4.8
3861 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Via Vite is a Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati on Fountain Square with the largest outdoor dining space in the city. Our menu features Chef Cristian's creative spin on Italian cuisine using the best locally sourced ingredients available. We have private rooms available for all size groups and types of events.
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Experiences

  • Expressions of Sangiovese Wine Tasting

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy our selection of unique Red Tuscan Wines. Five different Vintages - Five different Producers 100% Sangiovese Grapes. Receive a 2 ounce pour of five wines that will be paired with a variety of Charcuterie samplers such as crafted meats, cheeses, Italian Giardiniera, and crostini.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3861 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. Waitress with the forearm tattoos was awesome ! Can’t wait to go back

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vipCharlesT
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal very much. Great atmosphere, service, overall an outstanding place for dinner, the enjoy an evening in the heart of Cincinnati! Thank you

Via Vite
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Charles - We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review :) We're happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, hope to see you again soon!

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vipLeoG
Cincinnati
48 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food is spectacular some of the best Italian food in the city.

Via Vite
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Leo - Thank you for taking the time to review us :) We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Eileen
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent, well versed and knowledgeable. The food and wine were fantastic and reasonably priced. Highly recommend.

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viphappy
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and service could not have been better. Great job!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Little pricey but was worth it for the occasion.

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Hi - We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay here at Via Vite, we look forward to seeing you again soon :)

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vipMarkJ
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The house meat sauce was as good as I have ever had. It appears to be the oldest item on the menu, I understand why.

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PamelaR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Via Vité consistently exceeds expectations. It made for a very special Easter brunch with out of town guests. The terrace was very nice. The high top table has limited surface space for all the plates and the tall chairs are somewhat of a challenge to scoot in. But so worth it.

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CaseyY
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was very good. The menu choices were great. My only suggestion would be to send the first course out separately from the second.

Via Vite
Responded on April 7, 2021

Hi CaseyY - We're glad to hear you enjoyed your Easter Sunday brunch, thank you for your feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Authentic Italian. The owner came and spoke with us about the food and Italy too. Loved it

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vipWhitneyC
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came here for a little anniversary dinner and it was great, as usual! The Bolognese is to die for, and my husband LOVES their Lasagna! Delicious and highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Toledo
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the most amazing meals ever! Our server Trent was amazing and the manager/owner was so attentive. Get the seafood risotto for sure!

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DavidC
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit . What a great experience! The menu was very good . Arugula salad , octopus, lamb and halibut were all terrific. The food was served at the proper temperature and nicely presented. The service was very good . Big wine list. We highly recommend you give this fine restaurant a try .

Via Vite
Responded on April 5, 2021

Hi DavidC - Thank you for taking the time to review us! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed you first-time experience with us at Via Vite! We look forward to seeing you again soon :)

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vipAnneS
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was so positive and excited about the new menu. Her excitement led us to try new items, which All of us enjoyed . It’s definitely a restaurant to return to again and again.

Via Vite
Responded on April 2, 2021

Hi AnneS - We're glad to hear you enjoyed trying some of our new menu items, we look forward to seeing you again!

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Judy
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was good but not great. The service was really not great, which led to cold food (which is the worst!) missing food items and an overall lack of satisfaction primarily due to the service.

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vipLaTraviata
Cincinnati
177 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a quick Bolognese lunch special, which just that: special. Chef knows how to make Bolognese. A very good value.

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JenniferM
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! Service was great! Can't wait to go back again!

Dessert to die for!!!

Via Vite
Responded on March 31, 2021

Hi JenniferM - Thank you for the five star review! Hope to see you again soon :)

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RandyS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terra was a very great bartender and Toby was very knowledgeable about the wine. The swordfish was delicious

Via Vite
Responded on March 29, 2021

Hi RandyS - We're happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JayS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at VIa Vite. The staff was great and did wonderful with our kids (ages 8 & 10). Great, safe meal!

Via Vite
Responded on March 31, 2021

Dear JayS - Thank you for the five star review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us :)

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Sophia
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the views from the outdoor patio! A great place to take guests visiting Cincinnati to see a lively area with great food.

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Sophia - Thank you for the five star review! Our patio and terrace are definitely a "hidden gem" in the heart of Fountain Square :) we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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YashuaH
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was amazing! The grapefruit cocktail is a must-try!

Via Vite
Responded on March 24, 2021

Hi YashuaH - Thank you for your feedback, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Miller
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Via Vite was very delicious and had good service. I have two complaints, it was very cold in the restaurant, as me and my husband were shivering the whole time. Also, the portion for my meal, the ravioli, was very small. I was still very hungry after eating.

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vipCyndieS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to dine at Via Vite for our 24yr old twin’s birthday, and the evening well exceeded our expectations. Every aspect of our meal was perfect. Our server was professional, attentive, thoughtful, an expressed a genuine interest in providing a memorable experience. The owner, Christian, graciously stopped at our table to check with us and ensure that we were enjoying every aspect about our selections, and that gesture was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend this restaurant as it has become one of our absolute favorites in the city. Thank you for a great night!

Via Vite
Responded on March 22, 2021

Hi CyndieS - Thank you for the positive feedback! We strive to deliver the best kind of hospitality, we look forward to celebrating more birthdays with you soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!!!! I am surprised we have not experienced Via Vite sooner because BOY, this place delivers! We had the fig tagliatelle bolognese ... YUMMM — delicious and artfully prepared, presentation was amazing and service was thoughtfully spot-on! We normally cannot eat too much in one sitting, so we usually take home leftovers. (I hope Chef did not take it as a slight, because, I assure you, everything was “molto delizioso” — we will gobble everything up before morning!!!). We also took home the tiramisu, which did not last!!! *

Via Vite
Responded on March 22, 2021

Dear guest - We're so glad to hear your enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review :)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chef tasting menu and it was fantastic. Food and service were above and beyond. Definitely plan on returning.

Via Vite
Responded on March 26, 2021

Dear guest - We're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! Thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review!

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JamesR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff brought their ‘A’ game. Responsive and offered very good recommendations and didn’t rush my decision.

Via Vite
Responded on March 22, 2021

Hi JamesR - Thank you for your feedback! Glad you enjoyed your time with us a Via Vite

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wildcatrick
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome as usual but the greatest thing was the service - which has also always been great. We had a guest who we haven't seen for 14 years. The waitress was very patient with us allowing us to get caught up with our guest while being right there when we needed her. Also, this is the first time we have dined in at a restaurant in a year because of Covid-19. Starting with the info on their website and the way the staff conducted themselves and the way the restaurant was laid out, we felt very safe but comfortable. A great night for sure! Thanks Via Vite!

Via Vite
Responded on March 22, 2021

Hi wildcatrick- Thank you for the five star review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us all around and that you felt safe, we take Covid protocols very seriously! Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect every time I come in!

Via Vite
Responded on March 18, 2021

Dear guest - Thank you for the five star review!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Chef very pleasant and around the restaurant. Pizza ordered and came out cold and soggy did remake was was ok. Octopus delightful but thought playing with potatoes was a little heavy for appetizer. Wine good. Server a little off. Made up for pizza with complimentary dessert. Chocolate cream brûlée. Very yummy.

Via Vite
Responded on March 18, 2021

Dear guest - We appreciate your feedback! Next time we'll try and earn that fifth star!

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TerryK
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best service experiences I've had in Cincinnati, as well as very solid food and drinks. We got small plates and a pizza but want to return for the lamb shank and pumpkin ravioli.

Via Vite
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hi TerryK - We're thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us at Via Vite, and can't wait to see you again soon!

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vipTakeFive
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my wife’s best friend and her husband for their first visit. As usual, the food was exceptional. I tried the amatriciana for the first time. What a wonderfully prepared dish. We also had a terrific bottle of Brunello di Montalcino. Everyone truly enjoyed their meals. I highly recommend Christian’s restaurant for a wonderful dining experience.

Via Vite
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hi TakeFive - Thank you for the five star review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us!

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NKYpatron
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated another birthday at Via Vite. It is our favorite place to enjoy a delicious meal. They went out of their way to offer my daughter various menu items that she could eat after we told them of her dairy allergy. She was thrilled to have such a wonderful selection. Thank you for another memorable birthday!

Via Vite
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hi NKYpatron - Thank you so much for the five star review!

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BettyOnWynkoop
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great. Our first dinner out since February 2020 and the terrace felt safe and comfortable.

Via Vite
Responded on March 13, 2021

BettyOnWynkoop- Thank you for the remarkable review! We are glad to hear you felt safe, we take Covid precautions very seriously. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipRichS
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite places, and one of the top restaurants in Cincinnati. We especially enjoy the outdoor dining when available. This time we sat inside because of the weather. Our only complaint is that the sound system was playing so loudly that our waiter could not be understood, and conversation at our table was at a sound level that was higher than I would have liked.

Via Vite
Responded on March 13, 2021

RichS - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience here with us at Via Vite. However, we are sorry to hear you experienced issues with the level of surrounding music, we will definitely make some adjustments. Next time you dine with us we will make sure to accommodate you in quieter area of our dining room. We appreciate your feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food all I can say is I have seen better

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Gwenny
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delish, we’ll be back:-)

Via Vite
Responded on March 13, 2021

Gwenny- We're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us a Via Vite. Thank you for the positive review!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and prepared beautifully. Loved the gnocchi! Our server was very personable and took great care of my family. Close and easy parking near the restaurant too. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Awesome chef that came and greeted us at our table. We will go back for sure.

Via Vite
Responded on March 3, 2021

Dear Guest - thank you for the kind words and awesome review! We can't wait for you to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the service was great!

Via Vite
Responded on March 3, 2021

Dear Guest- thank you for the kind words and 5-star review! We're glad you enjoyed everything this evening and can't wait for you to return.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Via Vite. Great food and wonderful dinner service. Loved meeting the chef and the staff was fantastic. If you go the lamb is an amazing choice. 😍

FAQs

Via Vite offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 721-8483.

Via Vite is rated 4.8 stars by 3861 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.