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About Via Vite

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.

520 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
On Fountain Square, Fifth & Vine Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 721-8483

Website:
http://www.viaviterestaurant.com/

Catering:
For catering for events of all types and sizes contact Events Manager Alicia Upperman at 513-721-8480.

Parking Details:
Fountain Square Parking Garage with entrances between 5th and 6th Streets from both Walnut and Vine Streets. Fountain Square exit provides elevator access that exits right in front of our building.

Executive Chef:
Cristian Pietoso

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Via Vite has 3 private or semi-private dining rooms on the second floor which seat 8-62 guests, and offer great views of Fountain Square.

Via Vite Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (35)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
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Fit for Foodies (31)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Business Meals (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Authentic (23)
Romantic (23)
Good for Groups (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Bar Seating (19)
Fun (18)
Casual (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Scenic View (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
People Watching (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 9 hours ago

The food was great and the service was outstanding. However, they need to learn how to pronounce tagliatelle properly.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined a day ago

Wonderful service, food was excellent. Smaller portions which we actually really liked.

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 (Poconos)·Dined a day ago

My family and I went on a Saturday evening for dinner. The food was delicious. The food came out quickly. Overall great experience.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine's day "all inclusive menu" was extremely mediocre. You had 3 options for an entree and it was really just an overall disappointment. Spent 140 bucks, and will not be going back anytime soon.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Limited menu on valentines was not great, food had obviously been pre cooked, overdone

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·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day. They had a Valentine’s Day special menu and was extremely disappointed in the food.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

I was ill BEFORE getting to the restaurant; so I can’t really judge the experience too well. However, once the restaurant knew I was under the weather, they all (manager to waitperson) did a superb job of helping us enjoy the visit as best we could. When flowers I had ordered didn’t show up during dinner as planned with a local florist, the restaurant even created a very lovely table bouquet of roses!! Kudos and many thanks. We will return. PS: my illness was not infectious.
Randy Randolph

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

We were well taken care of. They had a large, loud party upstairs where we were, but because we were clearly celebrating Valentines Day a day early, they placed us in a private room, one other couple was in there as well. It was very quiet, even though the remainder of the restaurant we walked through to get there seemed very energetic. My wife loved the wine that was recommended, but the craft beer selection could have been a little deeper.
I gave the food only 4 stars because, while I know many people prefer pasta al dente, what we got was a little more than that....almost chewy. Not enough to complain, as we didn't want to ruin the good vibe, and certainly not bad enough to not eat (LOL)....the flavors were amazing, and being able to order half of two different entrees was excellent, as neither one of us could decide what we wanted.
We will definitely be back for special occasions, and we look forward to it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 7 days ago

Via Vite is reasonably priced for the quality of food served. If you are looking for a feast, this restaurant is not for you. The portions are small. But the quality is what you pay for. Overall, I would return to this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Sat at the chef's table facing the kitchen and watched a well choreographed ballet of cooking! Everyone there seemed happy to be there...happy cooks equals happy food! Chef Christian oversaw everything going out of his kitchen without being overbearing to his staff. The food is always of the highest quality and so so good! The service is always top notch too. Via Vite never disappoints.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was excellent, but very small portion sizes. Drinks were great, though over priced. Overall, a great night, but over priced and left hungry.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Mussels appetizer and grilled octapus were flavorful and unique. Super Tuscan by the glass good value.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service was fantastic. Our server was energetic and attentive to us even with a packed house.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love the atmosphere at Via Vite. When we first arrived we were to be seated upstairs in a private room. It was early and the downstairs area was completely open so it was a little strange. After having a drink at the bar and seeing other diners seated in the downstairs area we requested to be seated there instead. I’m vegan and my pizza was made with cheese. I didn’t realize until after eating a piece. They made a new one to go and brought some Prosecco for the table, which was nice.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love Via Vite. I was in Tuscany several years ago and I discovered Bolognese. Never thought I would ever taste that wonderful dish again, but surprise, Via Vite granted my wish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Food was good and service was quick. Our server was trying very hard, but she told us about 3 specials. Then we heard another server at the table behind us list a salad special as well as 2 entree specials that our server had neglected to mention.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Once a again I reminded how good this place is. I had the lamb shank this past weekend and it is just unreal - tender, roasted perfectly, and seasoned so nicely with Rosemary. I have to plan to get it once a month! Service was great and noise level is nice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent service in the upstairs dining room, which was notably quieter than downstairs. The wine list features many Italians grouped by region, which was perfect for us as we're planning a trip and wines from Campania were on the list. Baked polenta appetizer was terrific. Meatballs just ok, nothing great. Cioppino was very good with two baby octopus, squid, shrimp and scallops in a nice savory broth. Many entrees were intriguing. I will go back to try some. We are fans of the sister restaurant in Hyde Park, and recommend both highly.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Drinks were great, the goat cheese bruschetta was lovely and the gnocchi was tremendous. The antipasti needed another cheese like Parmesan to round it out and the cioppino had too much squid and octopus and not enough fish and sauce. The atmosphere can’t be beat though and overall we had a wonderful dinner.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We are at Via Vite for lunch this afternoon. We had the goat cheese bruschetta that was outstanding - but for 9 dollars, the portion was unbelievably small. Sharing between two people was a joke. The lunch special of 2 for 12 was a good deal with very yummy soups, salads, and pasta to choose from... we left full and happy!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent place always love it

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Christian is from Florence Italy and it is a treat to have his passion for food in Cincinnati!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was our first time there, and the pizza was fabulous! Also, the lemon martini and the homemade orangecello was amazing! And , the crispy gnocchi was spot on:)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The hostess took us to our table, dropped the menus and just walked away. We should have know at that point to just leave but we started.

Our table was in a room with only two other tables. The room was more of a hallway out to the outside 2nd floor porch/deck. The table was so close to the door that every customer that came through the door either hit our table/chair with the door or they apologized to us for almost hitting us. The staff knew we were their so they were careful when coming through the door to only open it a little bit.

Since this room was basically being used as a hallway the other customers and wait staff were constantly opening the door out to the patio were it was 46 degrees Fahrenheit. So my wife ends up wearing her coat for half the meal being hot and cold. We mentioned it to the staff but they said the plastic “walls” outside only hang their and have not been attached to the building so their is nothing else they can do.

Spent over $100 for my wife and I to eat with a glass of wine each for average food and lousy environment.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This was our first visit to Via Vite. Sadly, we found our food to be just so so. The salad greens were not exceptionally fresh and the margarita pizza was bland. It lacked flavor. It came with 3 basil leaves for garnish in the middle. They were left whole, so nearly impossible to bite into and enjoy with our pizza. We would have preferred the basil to be chopped up and spread on the top of the pizza.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 18, 2018

As always, it is was all perfect: food, wine and great service all perfect!!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was my first visit to Via Vite and I was extremely disappointed. I have no desire to return. It was extremely loud and we could barely hear what the waitress was saying when she spoke. We were seated in a table for 2 near a window that looked out to the Fountain but the air coming in the closed window made it uncomfortably cold. The pasta I ordered was not thoroughly cooked and was still hard. For the amount we were paying for the meal and being an Italian restaurant I would expect pasta to be cooked correctly.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Nice-looking place convenient to Fountain Square and it's garage. Pleasant greeting, quick seating. Our waiter, Brice, is a gem who really seems to enjoy his job. His attention (although not intrusive) was the very best thing about our experience!
We had the antipasta and the pizza of the day. Just enough for two. A little pricy, especially the bar, but you have to expect some of that in a dpwntown restaurant.
Although we enjoyed ourselves, it will have to be a very special occasion to go back.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Chase, our server was great!

Dessert menu could use some help...

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Although the food was very good, the portions were small and the prices were too high for what you received ie the Bruschetta was one piece of bread cut into five portions with a nice topping but for $10...really? Wine was two fingers and no more. Although it is on Fountain Square, it really does not have the ambiance to warrant high prices. The wait staff was very nice but not very attentive especially since the place was half full. The Manager came to check on us more times than the waitress. Overall I am not sure I would race back since more restaurants are opening up in OTR and in the suburbs that seem to be better. Sorry for the honesty.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent service, food and view ... what more can a restaurant provide. Well, maybe a little friendlier pricing, but when you're nailing the big 3, a little pricey is probably to be expected. We requested a window table when we reserved, but when we were seated (on a single-digit winter night) it was very uncomfortable. One of the servers -- not ours, the first we found -- very graciously organized a move upstairs to a comfortable window table right under a heat vent. Our upstairs server, Arianna I think, was superb. Very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. She's a keeper, whom I will ask for on our next visit. Lamb shank, pizza, and pasta Bolognese were all 9's and 10's. As was the off-menu request for a pasta primavera that was very graciously handled by Arianna and the kitchen. Via Vite continues to be one of our downtown Cincy go-to's.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The restaurant was absolutely freezing and the staff seemed oblivious to it. People were wearing coats to eat, which did not make for a pleasant meal. The "special" anchovy pizza was extremely salty and not much else on it except anchovies. Special Bechamel lasagna was regular lasagna with a dollop of béchamel sauce on one end of it, not a white lasagna.
Chocolate tart was mediocre. Pumpkin/creme boule was delicious.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I’ve been here before but didn’t find the food as good as last time. And it was freezing so that didn’t help. With that being said, I still love this place for lunch with my friends...

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Tuna salad was great, wine list is awesome, pizza was super tasty. Been here many times and keep going back. Had kind of a goofy server who was trying to be funny and act like she was the show........I came for the food, if I want entertainment, I will head to the Aronoff!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and great service

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always our favorite! The food, wine and experience never disappoints.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

For a New Years Eve cuisine, the course selections were fair. The music selection wasn’t very appropriate for the setting. Could have had a bit more on the main course. Dessert was fabulous.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We attended Via Vite for a New Years Eve dinner. The menu was prix fixe and the choices appeared to be amazingly decadent. However, the restaurant was so cold in temperature that many patrons had to keep their coats on. It was quite uncomfortable.

Also the wine pairings were served much ahead of the course that they were suggested for so the three ounce portions were already gone prior to the lukewarm course arriving. The restaurant was booked solid so some waiting was to be expected but the courses arrived lukewarm and it was disappointing for a $100 per person meal on a holiday evening.The waiter acted perturbed when our table
asked for a bit more wine to taste with the food it was paired with.We have always enjoyed this restaurant on our multiple(7) previous visits but this time left a lot to be desired and we were frozen by nights end.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was delicious and worthy of the prices. The service is top notch. Great place to have a group. We were in a room with another wry loud group of 7 though, much nicer after they left.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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