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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

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 8, 2012

Via Vite and its "father ship" Nicholas are our favorite places. Sunday at Via Vite is such a treat - 1/2 price bottles of wine, delicious specials and not so crowded. Sitting looking into the kitchen is great fun and the staff don't mind answering questions while they work. Speaking of the staff - they are top-notch! Friendly and knowledgeable but not oppressive - just the right amount of presence!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 8, 2012

We held our family Easter brunch here on April 8. It was WONDERFUL. We would definitely go back for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 8, 2012

We had a great brunch on Easter--would definitely go back. They were incredibly flexible and made sure we got every thing we wanted. They even ran over to Rockbottom to get ketsup for my husband (he can't eat potatoes without it). Just loved it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 6, 2012

Absolutely perfect...3 days later and I'm still thinking about how fabulous this meal was! We had the sea bass, and it was so delicious that I will be using this meal as my most perfect meal ever... I can't wait to try everything on the menu!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 5, 2012

Good location for lunch on Opening Day. Great service even though they were quite busy. Food well-prepared.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 3, 2012

The restaurant was bright, airy and comfortable seating. The soup, salad and pizza was a favorite for lunch. Potato gnocchi was too spicy for two of the diners' tastes. Look forward to future luncheons at the restaurant!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 1, 2012

Excellent food and service! We will definitely be going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 31, 2012

Best service and food that I have had in a long time

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 30, 2012

Great restaurant! Food is always good and the dishes are creative and varied.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 30, 2012

The waitress was exceptional and very friendly. Food was excellent and comparable to other very good restaurants in the downtown area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 25, 2012

Fifteen dollar Sunday brunch: A nicely prepared fruit cup with a ham-and-egg smothered bagel. Nicely presented, good service. Then they seated a party of six next to us in a virtually empty restaurant. I understand wait-stations, but c'mon. For $15, it wasn't a lot to eat, but hey, it's about the atmosphere on Fountain Square, right?

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 24, 2012

They've added too many seats. Very uncomfortable feeling squeezed in.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 24, 2012

Delicious Food, Great Service, Nice few of Fountain Square and Fountain

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 19, 2012

Can't go wrong with a meal here. Everything from the pizza to the steaks will make you want to come backfir more. A fountain square gem for both lunch and dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 17, 2012

I chose to share Via Vite with my mom before the Ballet because of it's wonderful food. She is a vegetarian who does eat fish and the choices are great. Not only did we have a fantastic meal on a Saturday night, but we had terrific service and got out in time to walk to the theater and get comfortably into our seats in time for the curtain without being rushed. Our server was very knowledgeable and described many dishes to help my mom pick her meal. She had the Salmon which had more flavor than I had ever tasted in that particular fish. I had the gnocchi which is in a wonderful thick tomato sauce.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 17, 2012

I have to say this was some of the best Italian we have had outside of Italy. The pizza was amazing...crispy bottom, chewy top with great yeasty/salty taste, the toppings were very well done...very authentic. The pasta dish we had was also amazing. The service was outstanding. Perhaps all this was helped by being one of very few early on a weekend lunch hour, but our experience will keep us coming back for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2012

Not disappointed after a one year absence. Visiting from out of town. But did find a little more salt than was necessary than I had remembered. Still a fave destination when in downtown.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 16, 2012

Consistently the best Italian in Cincinnati including higher priced sister, Nicola's. Great outdoor seating on second floor with view of Fountain Square. Great staff and bartenders

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 14, 2012

Spectacular Food, environment, and experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 11, 2012

I always look forward to enjoying the food and atmosphere of Via Vite. The staff are always attentive to the customers needs and comfort as well as their desire to have beautiful, delicious dishes on the menu. They did not disappoint me on Sunday Brunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on March 11, 2012

I've been here before for dinner and was never disappointed. Food and service is always wonderful. Just found out they have brunch and was even more pleasantly surprised. The ambience was peaceful and entrees were great. I had the Tuscan soup and quiche. Both were delicious. The only flaw I can say was I felt guilty with the experience being too "rich.". Now the price wasn't bad at $15 per person. It's a pretty good deal for this "rich" brunch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 10, 2012

The food and service were great! There were just too many table for the available floor space. I stopped counting after my chair was hit, bumped or jarred 12 times. 90% of the contact was from the wait staff. I looked around to see others having the same problem so it wasn't just my table. (and we were all average of average size) It is just poor design and overcrowding.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 10, 2012

We were there with a party of 8, celebrating an early birthday dinner before heading to the Wine Festival. As expected, the lamb shank and gout cheese salad were outstanding. The stuffed tomato appetizer was disappointing as were all the pastas -- too heavy, drowning in sauce. Our service was excellent -- until our server was seated with another large party. We had to request our check and barely made it to the wine festival on time.

While it was the first evening for some in our party, others of us had been before and will come back again. But we will be more choosey about our pasta choice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2012

The great experience began by the greating at the front and continued through the rest of the evening. Our server was well informed and of great assistance in the ordering process. I love the place, only wish they had played Italian music instead of what was playing.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 9, 2012

First time eating here. We had a great dinner, great service and great time before going to the Arnoff. Will come back soon.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2012

We like this place but they sat us at a table in a very quiet room with no character what so ever - felt like we were being punished for making a reservation. Asked to move and they did so - no problem.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 9, 2012

Entree was very good and artfully presented. Service was also very nice, but perhaps went a bit overboard describing the daily menu which we read.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 8, 2012

Always a pleasent evening at Via Vite, be it a business dinner, grabbing food with the buds or a romantic night out!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 4, 2012

Surprised that it was so crowded early on a Sunday evening. Liked the half price bottle of wine special because it made the somewhat pricey wine list more affordable. My special Cornish Hen feature was amazing but my husband's pasta dish was just so so. Since we were sitting next to where the food was brought out, which did not add to our dining experience, we could see other dishes easily. They appeared ordinary and over priced.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 4, 2012

This was our 2nd visit to Via Vite. The cioppino is a wonderful appetizer. I had the flounder and my husband had the lamb shank. Both were cooked beautifully and had delicious sides. The highlight of the meal was the creamy risotto rice pudding!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 4, 2012

Exellent bruinch experience -- Thank you

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 3, 2012

Great view of Fountain Square. Service a bit slow considering our reservation was at 9:30pm. Food was great. Recommend bacon wrapped pork and seared beef. Pizzas are ok. Creme Brulee was so-so. Music a little too loud, barely could hear my two friends at our small 4 top table. Tables are pretty crammed together, unless you are lucky to get a moon shaped booth. Over-all good. Great wine selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 3, 2012

Amazing food, really great price, our waiters were very nice and polite. We will definitely be back!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 3, 2012

Fun place to go for dinner... Had a "special" Cornish Game hen that was overly salty. Also he spinach side dish was too salty as well... Pasta dish was outstanding... stick with the pasta here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 3, 2012

There were 8 of us on Saturday night and another couple showed up and they were able to join us for dinner. We had Aronoff tickets and our waitress was very attentive and made sure we got out in time. She also had our leftovers boxed and held for us so after the show we came back for drinks and picked up our food. Service was excellent late night also. Started out with our same waitress from dinner, but ended up with someone else. Not a problem, both were excellent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 3, 2012

The pizza did not have much flavor. There were six of us and our waiter got confused with the order and we waited about 45 minutes for our foodOur pizza did not have much flavor. We had to wait a long time for our food. Waiter got our orders confused

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 2, 2012

Had a great time. Met up with friends for a drink and dinner. Service and food was excellent. Will definitely be returning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 2, 2012

We were not impressed at all. The selections were limited, and not up to previous visits for our group. To make matters worse, the wine I ordered tasted like it had been sitting out for days and there was grit on the greens in my salad! I can think of several restaurants the do Italian better than this and some of them aren't necessarily even classified as Italian Restaurants.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 1, 2012

Extra special treatment by staff. Perfect but a bit too noisy.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 1, 2012

My theater group ate there before we went to see West Side Story. Loved the food, our waiter was wonderful and very helpful answering our questions. I had been there before and would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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