Via Vite

4.7
3981 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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  • Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week

    $36.00 per person

    Sep 20 - Sep 25, 2021

    Join us at Via Vite for a 3-course meal as we will be taking part in Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. $1 from every meal will go to benefitting Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. -First Course- Potato Soufflé | melted Irish butter, parmigiano, trapanese pesto. or Roasted Beet & Arugula | glazed pecan, pickled shallot, greek yogurt, citronette. -Second Course- Handmade Crispy Gnocchi | fonduta, black truffle, chive. or Pappardelle e Fagioli | rosemary infused pappardelle, "mama sauce", cannellini bean ragout, Italian sausage. -3rd Course- Cod in Cartoccio | Atlantic cod "papillote," marinated eggplant, Ligurian olives, blistered tomatoes. or Lamb Shank | 12-hour braised with natural jus, parmigiano white polenta.

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
What 3981 people are saying
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JCD1
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great, food and wine pairing was perfect!

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PhilipB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably great cuisine
Staff all gracious
Atmosphere is great
Jake was considerate kind and attentive

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Sasmit
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! We had-
1. Fig and Goat Chees Bruschetta
2. Handmade Crispy Gnocchi
3. Faroe Island Salmon

Each of the above is a must-try!!

A
Alabama
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trent was beyond wonderful!!! Never had to wait for a thing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The pepper steak was one of the best steak dinners I have ever had. Incredibly tender and wonderfully flavorful.
Outstanding.
Excellent attentive service from our waitress.

KR
vipKReviews
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

While I am thrilled to see that Via Vite is back open again for lunch (we've literally been waiting for this for months), some in our party were disappointed with their meal. Unfortunately he would not recommend the crab pasta dish, as it was advertised as spicy and was far from that. It also did not have any noticeable crab in the dish. Overall though, the old classics were wonderful - bolognese, vodka, etc. We will definitely be back.

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vipRussellM
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trent was an exceptional server. Gracious, engaging, attentive and unobtrusive. The manager stopped by to check in on us and was genuine in his interest in our well being. Food was excellent.

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vipLaTraviata
Cincinnati
203 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great new menu with two excellent new pastas. Great to see VV open for lunch again.

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to review us and leave such kind feedback! We hope to see you in again soon!

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JamieS
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was so happy to have it reopened for lunch! IT is a great downtown option with great food.

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Jamie, thank you so much for the kind words, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and cannot wait to see you in again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind feedback!

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SteveS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, need more help. Great food. Great place

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Steve, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback! We hope to see you in again soon :)

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SarahS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelly was amazing!

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the kind words Sarah!

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DateNightDinner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Did not overpay for anything and received one of our best Italian meals in a long time.

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again soon :))

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JoanF
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Especially the octopus starter. Would really have enjoyed being outside instead but they can't accommodate parties of more than 4.

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Joan, we appreciate you taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you in again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Inventive menu and caring friendly service. Our downtown favorite.

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us :) we appreciate your kinds words!

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Browns50
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The goat cheese salad and salmon were exceptional.

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words and review :)

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DyanW
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The lasagna was wonderful. Need more side salad choices though.

Via Vite
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Dylan, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to a concert and told our waiter Jake our time constraints. He was awesome in taking our order, getting it out quickly and never made us feel rushed. The food was also delicious!

Via Vite
Responded on September 10, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for the kind words and review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you in again soon :)

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milo
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Via Vite September 7, 2021, the night as a concert on Fountain Square. I wanted a way to hear the music, but avoid the crowds. The outdoor balcony at Via Vite was the perfect match. What I didn't anticipate was how wonderful an experience the combination of the food and music would be. The staff was incredibly accomodating, trying to make sure people had views of the screen and stage. The service was also amazing in general - great recommendations, just the right level of attentiveness, and friendly. I came for the location, not the food, but realized that was a mistake, because the food is certainly worth its own trip. Everything was delicious and I'll be back even without a concert next time :)

Via Vite
Responded on September 10, 2021

Hi Milo, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us while dining on our Piazza Bar, that's what we love to hear! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us such kind feedback and we hope to see you in again soon :) Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a pleasant evening with friends, appetizers were fantastic especially the Bruchette and Veal Meatballs. We enjoyed some of the pasta dishes and I had the wonderful Lamb Shank. Followed by the Dark Chocolate dessert. A wonderful Amarone Wine with Some Espresso after dinner drinks. All delightful. A wonderful server and staff was courteous and kind.

Via Vite
Responded on September 7, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us feedback! We are very happy to hear that your experience with us was all that you wanted it to be! We hope to see you again soon :)

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AmyW
Northern MI
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gazpacho was out of this world, seafood risotto very good and the fig jam bruschetta always a favorite.

Via Vite
Responded on September 7, 2021

Hi Amy, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback :) we hope to see you in again soon :)

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AlliB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Great service and food! Waiter was excellent, don’t remember his name but he was a young Gentleman, recent XU graduate. Will definitely be returning and recommending.

Via Vite
Responded on September 7, 2021

Hi Alli, thank you so much for the kind words and review :) We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with here at Via Vite :)

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MindyS
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service top notch. We definitely recommend this place and will be back ourselves.

Via Vite
Responded on September 7, 2021

Thank you for the kind words Mindy! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback :)

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AdamR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing. The staff is generally very helpful and professional. One failure with service this last time but it was minor. Still will be coming back.

Via Vite
Responded on September 7, 2021

Hi Adam, thank you for taking the time to review us! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gnocchi was best we’ve ever had!

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vipFoodie
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious lamb shank.

Via Vite
Responded on August 31, 2021

Hi there, thank you for the five star review :)

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vipNancy
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Via Vite before a show at the Aronoff. We were greeted by two friendly hostesses who sat us at a window table overlooking the square. Our server, Samantha, was outstanding!! She was so nice, talkative and attentive and we felt relaxed and not rushed. She really made for a great experience. We started with the bruschetta which was out of this world. For our main course we both got the bucatini amatriciana and were not disappointed. Very very good! We finished with delicious gelato. It was a great evening and we will certainly be back.

Via Vite
Responded on August 31, 2021

Hi Nancy, thank you so much for the kind words and review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Via Vite! We hope to see you in again soon :)

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ScottR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t know why we have never been before but know we will be back. The food was amazing and not overpriced at all. Great location. Left dinner and then listened to music on the square before heading to the Johnny Mathis concert.

Via Vite
Responded on August 31, 2021

Hi Scott, thank you for the kind words and review! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your first-time dining experience with us :) We hope to see you again soon - thank you -

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Mike
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very nice meal! Trent was polite, friendly and
professional. Delicious bolognese with meat BALL! :P

Via Vite
Responded on August 25, 2021

Hi Mike, thank you so much for your feedback :) we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us!

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JoyeK
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best salmon dinners I ever had! Highly recommend!

Via Vite
Responded on August 25, 2021

Hi Joy, thank you so much for the kind words and review!

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ErinN
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were more than happy with the food. We had the goat cheese bruschetta for starters and followed that with the seafood risotto and gnocchi. I will CERTAINLY visit again for the gnocchi. It was a smaller dish but good to pair with an entree. We then did the steak entree which was large enough to share. We did the olive oil on the side which makes it less heavy.

Via Vite
Responded on August 25, 2021

Hi Erin, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback :) We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon !

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vipHeatherL
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for drinks and appetizers, and this place did not disappoint! We both had gin drinks and they were delicious. For the appetizer, we had the grilled octopus. Hands down, the best I’ve ever had. It was cooked to perfection and served with a gremolata that I could have drank! The potatoes and frisée pared beautifully and the portions were perfect for 2 of us to share. Best appetizer I’ve had in a long time and next time I come back, I may make it my meal! Our server was Emily, she was attentive and very sweet. The manager also stopped by. It was a wonderful evening and a perfect start to our anniversary night!

Via Vite
Responded on August 25, 2021

Hi Heather, thank you so much for the kind words and review! We are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Via Vite :) We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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vipBrookeB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. The gnocchi is always the right choice. Also had the lasagna special, portion was huge and it tasted great.

Via Vite
Responded on August 25, 2021

Hi Brooke, we appreciate you taking the time to review us! We hope to see you in again soon :)

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vipBobby
Cincinnati
270 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Mary Poppins experience: practically perfect in every way.

Food was amazing, portions were just right, service was great (thank you, Beth). Could not have been better.

Gnocchi is to kill for. Enjoyed the swordfish and lamb shank. Chocolate creme brûlée was outstanding.

This was our first visit (been to sister restaurant Nicola’s many times), we will return.

Via Vite
Responded on August 25, 2021

Hi Bobby - we are so excited to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us!! We appreciate you taking the time to review us and can't wait to see you again soon :) Thank you for your feedback!

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vipCraigH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is as good as all the reviews. Vodka pasta with sausage was an interesting take and very tasty. Brussels sprouts were incredible, sort of a carmelized maple glaze. Wine list was very nice with a wide array Italian choices.

Via Vite
Responded on August 21, 2021

Hi Craig, we are so thrilled to here that you enjoyed your experience with us! We appreciate you taking the time to review us and hope to see you again soon!

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BrianA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome staff was very friendly service was excellent highly recommend

Via Vite
Responded on August 21, 2021

Hi Brian! thank you for the kind words and review :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for a date night/bday dinner and was immediately greeted with a champagne toast for a bday. Food was beyond fabulous and the service was impeccable.

Via Vite
Responded on August 19, 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good food and service was fantastic!

Via Vite
Responded on August 17, 2021

Hi there, we appreciate you taking the time to review us!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via vite was amazing as always! Great food, great service

Via Vite
Responded on August 17, 2021

Hi there, thank you for the five star review :)

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BobK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The amatriciana, seafood risostto and boucheron goat cheese salad were all fantastic. The risotto was absolutely loaded with delicious fresh-tasting seafood and cooked to perfection. The only hiccup was our server forgot our bread and disappeared a couple different times even though they were definitely not very busy at all. Minor complaint compared to the entire experience.

Via Vite
Responded on August 13, 2021

Hi Bob, thank you so much for the kind words and for taking the time to review us! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon :)

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FAQs

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

Via Vite is rated 4.7 stars by 3981 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.