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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

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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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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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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 (Denver)·Dined on February 28, 2012

Via Vite is quickly becoming our special restaurant. The penne bolognese is to die for!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 28, 2012

We came for the pizza. The Bianca was amazing; the buttery taste of the cheese was worth coming back for again and again. And then there is the Italian Sausage and Carmelized Onions!! Our party of four has decided we need to do a repeat visit very, very soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 26, 2012

Thank you so much for a memorable meal! LOVE the half price wine list!!!!! That will definitely be a repeat!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 26, 2012

The food was fantastic. We had the lamb and the flounder. Beautifully prepared. The goat cheese salad is my new favorite salad.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 26, 2012

My husband and I came here for our anniversary. He doesn't like trying new places, hates spending money on small portions, and is very particular about the way a restaurant is set up. So obviously going out can be a challenge. He loved everything about Via Vite. We went for brunch, it was delicious. The music was fun, the restaurant is decorated beautifully. My husband said he wants to make it a regular stop for us and our friends from now on.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 23, 2012

This was my second trip to Via Vite, but first time going for lunch. The food was very good, but the service was really quite bad. We waited several mintues to be greeted, and then waited longer to place our orders. The salad arrived (the fabulous one with the goat cheese) and was wonderful, but it took forever to get refills of our water. The waiter cleared our plates and our silverware and then delivered our food. But never brought us any silverware. I got up and went to the server station to ask for someone to bring some and then a few minutes later someone did. Of course, by this point our pastas had cooled a bit.

The poor service really suprised me because my previous experience was so great. I doubt I'll be back for lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 21, 2012

Food was great and waiter was exceptional. Manager did a nice job of checking up and making sure everything was going well.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 20, 2012

We were referred by locals and Via Vete did not disappoint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Not a good place for a date. It was crowded, the table was long so I was far apart from my date. We couldn't really have a conversation due to this, and the fact that it was so loud. I felt like I couldn't talk without the people next to us overhearing. Food was decent but way overpriced.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Great food, great service. Understandably busy. Please try the carmelized brussels sprouts and the creamy polenta side dishes. We order them repeatedly and never tire of them.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Perfect, romantic date night. Great food, service, and the ambience and downtown atmosphere were perfect. Definitely a memorable experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Absolutely THE BEST short ribs I have ever had! Dessert of Caramel Complexity was priced at $8.50 and I would have paid twice that!!
Server was personable and willingly described any menu item we inquired about.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 17, 2012

Mixed review. Lamb shank w polenta..very nice. Penne bolognese was oversauced which created a Chef Boyardee-like orange gloop. Server was very sweet, young, but overly attentive. Took three trips to get the wine order right. Bar scene was moderate.. For a Friday night I was underimpressed.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 17, 2012

This was my first time at Via Vite and I was impressed. I took my girlfriend for her birthday and not only did the food blow us away but the service was astonishing. Noise wise I never felt like I had to talk over anyone even though everyone in the restaurant was talking a couple could talk at a low level and still not struggle to hear each other. I would recommend Via Vite to anyone looking for a night out and I will be back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 14, 2012

Courteous, knowledgeable, and professional staff. The food was amazing. Everything was cooked perfectly, well presented, arrived quickly (on an extremely busy night!). Simply flawless.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 14, 2012

A bustling, energetic, eclectic crowd of young and middle-aged well-appointed, hip and business class patrons. The waiter was attentive, friendly, not overly solicitous - the right mix. Food was lovely and delicious, portions were just right. Hot things were hot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 14, 2012

The food was not very good- the pasta special barely had salmon included- basically a sprinkle of fish for $18 and the sauce was not that tastey. Something was off.

My wife's dinner looked and tasted like it was hamburger helper. Not very good.

I would recommend for appetizers and drinks because the view and ambience.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 14, 2012

We had a delicious dinner, they were super nice and the service was exceptional. We have just moved back to Cincti after being gone 10 years and were thrilled to have a new place to go!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 13, 2012

A little noisy as they have a huge bar..but overall excellent on all accounts.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 13, 2012

We went to Via Vita the evening before Valentine's Day. The restaurant was about 95% full the entire time; about 25% of the patrons were couples. The rest were small groups of friends, family or business folk. The restaurant is lovely, modern yet warm. This is not a place you should go to for a quiet, serious conversation as tables are rather close (although staged in a manner to give as much privacy as possible). Nor is it a place for young children who may wish to move about. The food was excellent. Tuna was prepared as we like-rare, and the rigatoni amartriciani was delightful. Service was wonderful. Overall, a great experience! Looking for an upbeat place to treat your taste buds? This is it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 12, 2012

My husband and I came here for our Valentine's dinner/date. The food was Fabulous and we will most certainly being coming back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 12, 2012

I have been a fan since Via Vite first opened its doors. I am constantly surprised by the new items and have never had a bad night out there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 12, 2012

This was our first time at Via Vite. We went for a Sunday Dinner to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. The waitress was awesome, and everyone did a nice job of clearing our plates and keeping our waters filled. The food was great. We were amazed at the amount of food we were given. My appetizer Beef Carpaccio was reasonably sized, but my boyfriend got way more Caesar Salad than he expected. Also, his lettuce chunks were huge. I got the gnocchi which was great tasting, but was a lot. The pizza was enough for two people. We didn't know that and the menu wasn't great at letting you know how many it would serve. Chef...if you give us less in our portions, we would have gotten dessert. :) Everyone took home doggie bags that we saw.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 11, 2012

Great for a nice dinner with your spouse or significant other.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on February 11, 2012

The pasta special with wild boar was absolutely delicious. We were on a time crunch to get to the symphony, and the food was served very promptly. It was a Saturday night, and notably the noise level was quite high. It was challenging to hear my partner from a short distance across the table without shouting somewhat. The service was pleasant but not overly warm. We had a reservation for 18:30 and still weren't seated until 18:50, which added to some tension about making it to the symphony before 8. Would be helpful if they adhered to reservation times.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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