Via Vite

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$30 and under
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Italian
Via Vite is a contemporary Italian bistro 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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KM
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. I am still salivating thinking about the goat cheese and fig jam on bruschetta.

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S
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had limited time. Our waitress was very accomodating. Great food. We will definitely be back for a more relaxed supper in the future.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaraunt perfect for celebrating a special occasion without being pretentious. Delicious appetizers (we had the goat cheese and fig bruschetta and it was divine!) The servers were knowledgeable, warm and efficient.

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

The location and service was very nice. The goat cheese and fig bruschetta was an excellent start but the meal that followed unfortunately did not maintain that same level. The gazpacho was tasty and my wife’s cod entree was also nice. The gnocchi entree was rather bland and dry and just OK. The sides of caramelized Brussels sprouts was way too sweet and the fennel was overly rich.
I would ... consider ... a return trip but there are a lot of other choices for this price range that I would try first. Sorry that I cannot give a better review as I wanted to really like it.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have an Italian Restaurant since 1963, we will be back. Great food, wine & service, and I didn’t cook it. Manga, beve & vivi bene. (Eat, drink & live well)

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AA
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love Via Vite. The location is perfect - downtown Cincinnati right on Fountain Square. The food is always excellent. Authentic Italian with great options and specials.

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Way overpriced for the quality of food. Service was fine, location was good. The food was mediocre at best.

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J
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It's been a while since we ate at Via Vite, I'd forgotten how good it was. The location in the midst of a busy and active square leads you to expect mediocre fare, living off the crowd. True of some neighbors but not Via Vite.

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JM
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi was wonderful. We also had the yellow pepper soup and it was very good.

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ML
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for my wife's retirement

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and our server was knowledgable, attentive and ver polite. Received a delicious dessert for my birthday.

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MB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Friend from Atlanta enjoyed it very much. Thanks for continuing to provide a nice dining experience.

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Nothing special. Very small portions.

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d
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service, a little nosiey, but will be back many times.

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TS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very slow service and food was just satisfactory at best.

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CC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was very salty.

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y
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. We ordered the lamb shank and bolognese. Both were outstanding!

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a
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Tomatoes in salad were not ripe and pasta was undercooked, even for al dente. Good location and service, but pricy and food quality less than average.

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RH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good penne bolognese with meatball. Bread was a little tough. Good drinks. Nice complimentary dessert for my birthday.

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AN
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Over all the food was just average can’t say we would probably go there again the actual restaurant I thought was OK super cute patio and a great location just wish the food was tastier and explained more on the menu what the items were

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Waited for 15 minutes for 1 glass of wine.
Waited 20 minutes for lukewarm soup.
Waited 45 minutes for our appetizer and was unable to eat it because it came without the crostini. Waited 10 more minutes and left.
The manager gave a lame attempt to help satisfy us. Wanted to send us something. Sorry, were from Chicago. That won’t work. We loved his comment, “you know how busy things get after a game?” Seriously, there were maybe a 100 customers in the restaurant. I’ve been to much busier restaurants and never had bad service like I did here.

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G
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

server was really good. the service was super slow, though...we were there almost three hours for dinner.

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SV
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food for the price. The goat cheese salad is fantastic for anyone who likes goat cheese.

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PW
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Overall it was ok. Food was mediocre at best. Music was extremely loud. Tables are so close it was an obstacle course heating out. Location is great. Poor waitress was assigned far too many tables. She was delightful but overwhelmed.

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ZW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was an okay experience. Food was pretty good and the space is great, but our server completely forgot we were there. It all felt very awkward and left us underwhelmed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a great outdoor atmosphere and timely food service!

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c
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Via vitae never disappoints us. We are always trying something new and our waitress Katie was outstanding. There are many restaurants that could learn from via vite today I’m at the definition of good services

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M
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience, thank you.

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l
London
26 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there early, in advance of a baseball game, so it was pretty empty and quiet.
The food was delicious, as always. Can’t go wrong with the penne or lamb shank, but I went with something lighter: the soup of the day (yellow pepper) and a fresh salad on top of air dried beef. Yummy.

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was terrific, atmosphere was urban and cool, noise level fine. It was a nice evening. However,
the selection of dishes on the menu was limiting. I ended up having a salad with a side of the fennel (which was delicious), but I didn't find that to be a satisfying pairing for dinner.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I have eaten here many times and usually the service is very good but today it was off. The server forgot to bring me my drink and I had to remind her. Then our food took forever to get delivered and when it did come to the table our entrées came to us before our salads and appetizers. There was just a lot of disorganization and confusion. Everybody has a bad day and this is not typical of my experience at this restaurant during other visits but the service was not great tonight

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Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

We were on a time crunch due to the fact we were going to a show. But the food was cold not as good as usual. Service was awful, she was not friendly and didn’t care about us at all. And in the appetizer there was a hair in it and usually I would have said something but I did not because I did not have time to do so. Overall disappointed about the experience and I’m a regular to this restaurant.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, will be back.

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BA
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another fabulous meal last Saturday before attending a show at the Aronoff. Our meal started with a wonderful bread, creamy cheese, heirloom tomatoes, and olive oil appetizer. Delicious! We moved on to the Amish chicken and fish entree’s and added the Brussels sprouts. They are not to be missed! Too much food for us to finish. We’ll be back!

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Via Vite prior to a Reds game celebrating with my wife and our nephew. Food was excellent ... my nephew and I had the sausage pasta dish which was spicy and tasty. My wife had another pasta dish that was just as expected ... tasty but not too spicy. We shared the meatball appetizers ... delicious. Server was very good ... friendly, great service, but not over the top. We will be back.

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OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual perfect size for servings for lunch before a show.

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BM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique Italian

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food poor service excellent

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F
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we were greeted by the hostess to our server, we felt welcome and given very personal service. The food was outstanding and the advice on wine pairing was perfect!

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BS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Extremely loud and way over priced. 11$ for a glass of wine and there was an inch of it. Not for me.

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