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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Thank you for celebrating the New Year with us. There will be a four-course Prix Fixe menu with 3 savory options and 1 sweet at $75/pp. A la carte will not be available. Cancellations within 72 hours will be charged $40/pp to card on file.

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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

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Special Occasion (29)
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Casual (28)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Authentic (27)
Business Meals (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Romantic (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Hot Spot (17)
Scenic View (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Fun (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
People Watching (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Cozy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Seasonal (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Disabled Access (4)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
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Tasting Menu (3)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful meal an service.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Unfortunately, the experience was below my standard. While we waited at the bar enjoying our drinks, it was freezing. Every time the entry door opened, a rush of outside cold air made us drink with our gloves on. Get an entrance canopy! When we were seated, we were next to the exterior storefront. It was unbelievable that we ate with cold air at our feet and at table height. Our warm food was cold in no time. We dined with our coats on. To add to the frustration, service was slow. It took 40 cold, miserable minutes to get our dinner.
For a fine dining restaurant, the atmosphere was too cold to go back. This is unfortunate because the food was quite delicious.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent as always

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food is very good and the owner is exceptionally gracious. The two story dining room faces Cincinnati's main downtown square. The second level features outdoor dining. Via Vite has long hours (11 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, later on weekends), which is convenient. Many Cincinnati restaurants close on weekdays at 9 p.m. This restaurant has two private dining rooms for special events and for business dinners that may require confidentiality.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service. We were attending a play at 7p and the waiter was attentive and provided excellent service so that we were on time at the Ensemble Theatre.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Great meal my family had before catching a holiday play. Always a great meal and my kids enjoy eating here. Our service was outstanding. Our server made fantastic recommendations and adjusted the menu to fit our interests. We were both divided on what to pick, so she created us a sampler of both the pastas for each of us. My wife was really happy with hers and I liked mine a great deal as well. She had the gnocchi and it was outstanding. Always a fan favorite at our house

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was delicious and service was great. I would definitely recommend to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I’ve been to Via Vite several times. This trip, a birthday celebration for my husband, I discovered they’d changed the menu up and removed some items (my mushroom pizza was gone! 😫) but had added a few new things too. I had the Gorgonzola mushroom pizza for my meal, the mushroom soup (tasty!), and bread for dipping. It was good, but I may try something else next time around; the garlic was a little too potent for me, but if you’re into a strong garlic flavor, then this one would be for you. The meatballs were a shared appetizer—tasty and loved by all. I’m not sure anyone could have complained about anything they had.

The service was outstanding. They brought complimentary proseccos around (ginger ale for my boys) so we could toast to my husband. I thought that was a very classy touch. Our server even chased us down at the door to hand us a free dessert that we weren’t able to eat inside since we were in a hurry to get outside.

It being the holidays the location gives you lots to look at, and we really enjoyed the primo spot to watch Santa repel from the Huntington building followed by fireworks. It was a great evening. Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Not enough of the menu appeals to me, however the few dishes I do get are fantastic, always.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Poor service from the beginning. Sad to see that Via Vite has changed their menu and removed some of my favorites. Have been going there for the past 10 years, disappointing to see how much smaller the half price wine menu has gotten with fewer choices.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were on time for a 5:15 reservation. The downstairs was only half-full and yet we were brought upstairs to an empty dining area. When I asked why we were not seated downstairs I was told they were reservations as if we didn't have one. We were dressed for the Aronoff theatre so not dressed in jeans.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always a favorite spot to have dinner when we visit Cincinnati!

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal. Highlights were Crispy Gnocchi, Grilled Octopus, and Cioppino.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I bought tickets to the theatre to surprise my daughter who was in desperate need of a night out away from her young children. We decided we'd grab dinner downtown as an extra treat. Our server was exceptional! She approached the table immediately to get a drink order and gave a detailed description of the evening's specials. She offered meal suggestions based on our inquiries and comments about the menu. We ordered the Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschette and were not disappointed! For dinner we each ordered a pasta dish. My Mezzi Rigatoni Vodka was spicier than I expected but delicious and filling. Our glasses (wine and water) were never empty. She checked back often to ask if we needed anything but never hovered. Other servers/staff helped to clear any used dishes as they passed our table so we ended the evening with a nice clear table (except for our wine glasses that were still in use). The friendly, knowledgeable staff paired with the delicious food and wine made for a memorable mother/daughter night! Thank you Via Vite! Two thumbs up!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was our 2nd visit and it was inc again great. Enjoyed the ambience, food and service

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We loved how unique the menu is a Via Vite. I loved the mushroom soup & tuna salad. My husband had the rabbit ragu and said it was wonderful. We had a reservation for 7:45, but they were able to seat us early (which was nice). The only complaint was that our waitress seemed to want us to hurry up with our meal. Otherwise everything was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food,, service, and ambiance were wonderful. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

As a birthday gift to my cousin, we had lunch at Via Vite. She followed my recommendation of Bolognese pasta. After her first taste, evaluation was: this is great!!
The free birthday dessert was the perfect compliment to a first meal at Via Vite.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Seated by the window and froze. Terrible service. Food was just ok.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great new menu to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Hostess not too friendly when we asked for a different table away from traffic. Many available tables. Otherwise a good experience. Pizza very thin and difficult to eat, but tasted great

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I ordered my pizza without meat and it came out with meat amongst the arugula. Because the lighting was so dim in the restaurant, I did not notice the meat and ate the pizza. I discovered the pizza was loaded with meat when I looked at the leftovers at home. So sick the next day. Plus the wine I ordered had a ton of sediment in the glass which of course I did not discover until I saw it at the bottom of my empty glass. Bad night at Via Vite. Don’t see myself going back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My musical group, @PandiniBros (Italian mandolin quartet) stopped in after a brunch gig elsewhere downtown. After two hours of playing traditional Italian music, opera tunes, Neapolitan song, we were in the mood for Italian food (not to mention a glass of Prosecco)! The place was quiet at 1:45p on a Sunday, the server was attentive, informative, and charming. The food was great! I especially enjoyed the Boucheron goat cheese salad and order that each time I dine at this oasis of civility amidst the happy chaos of Fountain Square. The brunch menu is very "breakfast-y," but also included limited pizza and pasta options. Highly recommend!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was great, server was below average. Really didn't explain the menu and didn't communicate with the table what the restaurant was known for. LACKING

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Chic hoppin restaurant on fountain square! Took another couple for their 34th anniversary and they were brought champagne! Menu is adventurousome; loved the shrimp with home made pasta. Definitely will go back to try their reknown pizza very highly rated in past. I would give this 4 1/2 stars. Service was stellar!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service and food were top notch. Owner visited table and we had a nice conversation. Chef sent a special dish for us to try. Everything we ate was delicious. They sent a complimentary dessert for my husband’s birthday. Great experience. On Fountain Square; restaurant is in a special location.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent dinner- highly recommend the octopus ! Great service by Coco- will return!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and Great service. Will return to try more dishes.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had a lovely Friday night date at Via Vite. It was easy to get a reservation the day before but the tables were full during our meal. Our server, Alison, was knowledgable and professional and made our experience very pleasant. We had the Peperonata Bruschette which was served on blue oven bread that is better than Boca's (in our opinion). We also shared two pasta dishes which were divine. We always love our dinners here because they feel like a special a special occasion, but the value is so wonderful we can afford to make them a more regular occurrence.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fun, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This place never disappoints! Ever! The team is well oiled and know what they are doing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have eaten here before and the menu was just changed - it is excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was okay, but soups had to be re-heated. Service was very good.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of my favorites, always! New menu debuted the day before my lunch, lots of great new choices and the best of the old staples still available (thank GOD!).

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I have always been pleased by the food, service and value!!

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food as always. The hostess was accommodating, moving us to a booth for more room. Only minor hiccup was our server had a large party & another table or two which slowed the service down. All in all, excellent.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The shrimp in the spinach pasta dish tasted bad and as if it had been sitting out for a while. It ruiend the entire taste of the dish

Tags: Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our waitress had a great personality and was attentive.
The Wades

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The best I have never had anything bad here!!! Octopus was great

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Treated to a bottle of Prosecco on the occasion of my twin’s 23rd BD! Delicious! Great food and service. 5 thumbs up!!!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Casual
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