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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

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (52)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Business Meals (30)
Authentic (29)
Casual (29)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Romantic (27)
Scenic View (26)
Notable Wine List (26)
Worth the Drive (23)
Hot Spot (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Fun (18)
People Watching (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Cozy (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Seasonal (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Vegan (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
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Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Octopus appetizer was perfect, tender and delicious with fingerling potatoes and artichoke. Polenta was luxurious with rich Demi surrounding lamb shank. Excellent lovely meal.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

We made a reservation a couple of days ahead but while driving into town we called and asked to be seated at the Chef's counter which they did. I highly recommend it since you can watch the food prep and your meal is delivered immediately.
Unfortunately our waiter took 10 minutes to find us. Not sure if he had a big party or if he did not know we were there. After he showed up the remaining service was excellent: prompt and professional.
I had the braised lamb shank and it was one of the best meals I have ever had in a restaurant. The meat falls off the bone and is succulent. Don't miss this.
It appears that their pizza sauce comes from a jar and my wife thought her pizza was only mediocre.
Drinks and apps were great. Goat cheese/peppers bruschetta was superb.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our meals were fantastic. The only downside to the dinner was the poor attention from our server. We arrived before the rush at 4:15, but we had a bottle of wine ordered that had gone bad. That required a wait for a new bottle...which was also bad. Then, the wait for the third bottle left us at 45 minutes seated before we ever got to order our meals. It was like we entered a black hole! Our waitress just disappeared for long patches of time.

Fortunately, the food was great and since I planned extra time in the schedule, we were still able to make our 6:30 show.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Celebrating wife's birthday.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Staff was very friendly and personable. The food was delicious. We were celebrating my mom's birthday and they brought a fantastic chocolate mousse with a candle for her dessert. Everything looked and tasted great! Very enjoyable dinner!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Via Vite is my favorite authentic Italian restaurant. I love the Penne Bolognese. Their authentic recipes remind me of Italy! The staff is always very attentive and friendly. Love Via Vite!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Everything was wonderful. The grilled octopus was divine. We took many of our server's suggestions and we were not disappointed. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our server was so helpful!! Loved it!! The artichokes were so good and so was the lamb shank.

Tags: Quick Bite, Healthy, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Real, authentic Italian food. Coming from someone who lived in Italy for a short period of time, Via Vite took me right back and was just perfect. Highly recommend to anyone in Downtown Cincinnati!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

In town for one evening and used Open Table-as always-to find an Italian restaurant for a birthday party of three. We were seated promptly, service was excellent as was timing of courses.
Our server asked if we were seeing a show after so he could help us time our dinner. So thoughtful as we were in fact going to the Playhouse after.
Bread and butter were perfect and paired well with the recommended red wine special. We had the caramelized brussel sprouts to share, margherita pizza and red snapper. The snapper was amazing-skin was crisp and purée under was just right with some bean sprouts atop for a bit of freshness.
Would have gone back the next night and eaten the snapper and brussel sprouts again if we'd been in town.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Wonderful! We chose Via Vite for a pre-Aronoff dinner. Service was fantastic. Four girls we ordered cocktails and a variety of dishes to share. All were great! My go to place for downtown!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Brunch before Theater

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful meal and service!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was delicious! We were there during happy hour time so we had to sit at the bar for happy hour prices, which was the only less-than-ideal part of our visit.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

First time experience for our wedding anniversary pre-show at Aronoff. Excellent food and service in nice setting close to Aronoff.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food and service. Our server, Ian, did a great job.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Good Italian restaurant. Good was very tasty. Perfect for romantic date. Nice ambience noise level was low.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonderful Italian cuisine, and not the usual spaghetti and meatballs! Creative, healthy, scrumptious...wish I lived closer so I could frequent it more often. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Wonderful. Everything about this was excellent. Everyone was incredible and attentive. Ian was top notch. The artichokes - oh, so good - reason enough to eat there! ...and sorbet with prosseco - Delish! Great place to celebrate any occasion. New favorite place. Thank you Crossroads, for introducing us to this truffle-garlic- aromatically delightful place! #crossroads #thrive

Tags: Vegan, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Authentic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

It's loud, it's energetic, it's in the heart of the city. The food is great and the servers are friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food and service was great. We have been there before and loved it. This time was no different

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was good but didn't knock my socks off. It's a lively atmosphere but very chilly.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This is a very good Italian restaurant in a wonderful ovation right off fountain square. The service and food was very good. I will be back again to have dinner.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We drive almost an hour to eat here every 2-3 months. It's well worth the drive. My husband is half Italian and it's the only place we'll go out for Italian food. Our kids love it too!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great place, great food and great service loved the atmosphere

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant many times over the years. The food is usually good and consistent. Parking isn't convenient since it is public parking under fountain square, I did not see valet service. We enjoyed the soup of the day, pastas, a flat bread and a reasonably priced bottle of wine. Compliments to our server. She was just the right amount of friendly, informative and helpful and attentive. Will go back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

via vite never disappoints
exceeds expectations with service and menu selections
love this cincy gem

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was flavorful and appropriately sized. Good wine selection. Very good service. Nice ambiance!!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Such a wonderful experience at Via Vite. The service was exceptional, the menu is an inventive take on classics, the food & drink were amazing. We had a fantastic time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. Need to go back soon to try several things on the menu that sound awesome. It was highly recommended to me and now I know why.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I'm always made to feel special and part of the family when I'm at Via Vite. The food is delicious and the service is always friendly and helpful. The view of Fountain Square is incredible. A real experience to bring out of town guests to.

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 (West Virginia)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Very good food downtown Cinci - close to Hilton and Hyatt if staying there. Very authentic food, interesting options with great presentation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had a delicious meal. Each dish had distinctive flavor, was fresh, and artfully presented. Our waitress was personable and prompt. A bit pricey for the casual decor but the meal was worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Had a great time at Via Vite! My wife and I enjoyed the night out.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great lunch. A little pricey for everyday. It would be nice if they have lunch specials for $15 or less that varied day to day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Had a nice time. Food was wonderful. We received a complimentary glass of champagne. Thank you! Nice evening date with my hubby of 36 years.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Absolutely loved the bolognese sauce. I could have just eaten a bowl of it without the pasta (although the pasta was cooked perfectly). The waiter told us they marinate the beef in wine. It was delicious. Also got the cioppino - which was delicious. my husband got the shrimp pasta which he loved. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I hate to let this little secret out, but we dined upstairs and I enjoyed my experience so much more. It was quieter, but you could still hear the music from the Square. It was a treat fro our date-night to be able to talk and hear each other and not as many distractions.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 15, 2017

music level at dinner was every loud, server addressed issue and lowered it

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We visited VaVite during restaurant week. It was again another delicious meal. As we ate our way through the courses, the food gained intense flavors. We completed our dinner with the luscious raspberry Panna Cotta. The service was excellent as all the staff is in tune to the diners. The owner/chef was out and about graciously greeting his customers. My husband and I look forward to our return. Thank you for a memorable experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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