Via Vite

4.7
3985 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Via Vite is a Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati on Fountain Square with the largest outdoor dining space in the city. Our menu features Chef Cristian's creative spin on Italian cuisine using the best locally sourced ingredients available. We have private rooms available for all size groups and types of events.

*On New Year's Eve and Valentines day we only offer a pre-fix menu
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Ring in the new year with us! Enjoy our perfectly crafted pre-fixe menu that Chef Cristian has developed! Regular menu WILL NOT be available this evening. 4 Course |$75/per person +tax +gratuity *Wine Pairing is an additional $20 per person*

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CarolA
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant, better decor inside than the appearance outside. Service was very good, food was excellent, and although the restaurant was full we could still hear our conversation across the table from one another without any trouble. The entry area got very congested with new diners when we were leaving, but weather didn’t permit outdoor seating, which may have been the reason. It’s not a very big area to wait though. We would go back again.

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vipTaylor
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They stopped carrying pizza, the service was horrible, the lighting was incredibly bright, food was on par w Olive Garden and it took half the meal to bring my date a glass of wine. Wildly bad

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vipmilan19762
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal out with the kids. Second time going and impressed again with the food and service. This will become a regular place for us.

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Mike
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything, drinks, food, service and ambiance were great!

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LeeT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Everything was just ok. Our server was nice enough but did nothing to go above and beyond. The food was good but, the portions were inconsistent. My drink was amazing. It was nice but, I am not looking to go back. Maybe it just wasn't my style.

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KristenW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at Via Vite. The servers were very knowledgeable and friendly. I appreciate their care for our time, as they knew we were going to a show at the Aronoff, therefore were careful to keep the dinner well-paced and allowed us plenty of time to get to the venue. Along those lines, I appreciate how their menu reflected what was going on in the city, in this case, the show at the Aronoff.

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Richie
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a frequent diner at Vie Vite's. So, the way they change their menus by the seasons is awesome. We had great dinner and tried one of the four new pasta dishes. Any one of them would have been great.

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francie1016
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding and was very knowledgeable of the menu. She was friendly and helpful but not interfering.

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StephanieT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Vite is always consistently a great experience. A great location for business lunches. Service is always fantastic and the food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and dessert for our anniversary! Could not have been any better!

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your kind feedback!

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PatM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, but the Cost was very high. I think I understand why the Price was so HIGH. but because of this I doubt I'll be back.
I know you are Operating Costs have gone up, but this situation affect all of us. I wouldn't want to be in the Restaurant Business under the current conditions.

One final note, Fountain Square was not inviting, to Dark.

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Pat, we appreciate your feedback. Although our price point has fluctuated over the past two years, it has not increased that drastically. As other restaurants in this industry we have had to adjust and adapt in order to be able to keep providing the best version of ourselves and keep our guests satisfied and accommodated. We hope that you will visit us again sometime in the future.

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TECH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! Great good, excellent drinks. Great ambiance

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words and review :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. We sat outside with heaters, and our whole family enjoyed it.

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vipcvg2021
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Prior to COVID we were regulars at Via Vite and are glad to be going back. We usually dine there on Sundays, but this time we ate on a Saturday. The noise level is quite high with a full restaurant, and for those of us with hearing loss conversation is difficult. The food was quite good: the field green salad is always nice and fresh, even if the balsamic vinegar dressing is way too salty. The seafood risotto is also excellent. The Steak Pepe is nicely seasoned and the small potatoes are excellent; the haricot verts were brilliant green though a bit undercooked (I informed the maitre d'). The wine list focuses on Italian wines (logically) with US and other offerings. Prices tend to be high but you can find decent wines around $50.

The staff is always willing to accommodate food allergies and limitations to the extent possible. Service is excellent even at times when you have to be a bit patient because of staff shortages, as is the case in most restaurants.

We will return to Via Vite despite some of these issues, hopefully avoiding the more crowded days/times. It is a fundamentally good restaurant, centrally located, open on Sunday (a real advantage). Reservations are recommended, though you can always sit at the bar and have access to the full menu.

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, we appreciate you taking the time to review us and leave us feedback from your experience with us! Some things have definitely changed from pre to post Covid but we try our best to make our guests satisfied and make them feel welcome. If you'd like a more secluded/quieter place to sit when you dine with us next make sure to inform our host/ess and we will do our best to accommodate. Thank you again!

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LoganC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute. Good food. Friendly and helpful wait staff. Gluten free pasta option for folks with celiac intolerance.

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Logan, we appreciate your kind words and review! We hope to see you in again soon :)

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Peggyb
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your feedback Peggy!

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JSea
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great special-occasion restaurant. You really feel you have had an experience when you eat there -- the food is wonderful; the service is prompt, courteous and knowledgeable; and the location is great. The menu offers only one vegetarian entree, but be sure to ask the waiter what adjustments can be made to the other entrees on the menu to make them vegetarian. We did that and ended up with a delightful pasta dish.

Via Vite
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to review us :) We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us on your special occasion! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipronv
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

Via Vite
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

Via Vite
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you for the kind words and review!!!

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NabilaA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Birthday dinner for my son.

Via Vite
Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you for your feedback!

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MaryL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Misu desert is a must! Outstanding salmon! Excellent service, professionalism, and friendliness from Annie!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great host

Via Vite
Responded on October 13, 2021

Hi there, thank you for your rating!

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JulieD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent, the service and food were terrific, thank you!

Via Vite
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for the kind words and review Julie! We hope to see you again soon :)

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vipCynthiaG
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

Via Vite
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you for the kind review Cynthia!

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vipJeepchick67
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is always amazing here! you won't be disappointed.

Via Vite
Responded on October 7, 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We hope to see you again soon :)

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vipJeepchick67
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is always amazing here! you won't be disappointed.

Via Vite
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you for the kind words and review :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good. The lamb was amazing as was the dark chocolate crepe brulee

Via Vite
Responded on October 7, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to review us :) We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again soon!

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Tobilicious
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone loved their food- we shared Brussels sprouts, broccolini, and wild mushrooms as starters and enjoyed salmon, bolognese, bucatini and fish risotto for our mains. All scrumptious!! Lauryn, Our server and the very nice wine steward were extremely helpful, cheerful and professional, contributing to a wonderful evening of celebrating our friend’s birthday.

Via Vite
Responded on October 7, 2021

Hi there, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us!! We appreciate you taking the time to review us :)

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Corky
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and drinks - great. Had the seasonal soup and bruschetta and a really awesome cocktail. We were a little disappointed that they no longer have the gourmet pizzas though . . .

Via Vite
Responded on October 7, 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We hope to see you in again soon :)

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JimP
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors on the balcony overlooking Fountain Square. It was a thoroughly enjoyable dinner.

Via Vite
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi Jim, thank you for the kind words and review! We hope to see you in again soon :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We had about 6 courses and did not want to stop! From the bruschetta to the raspberry dessert. Everything was amazing! The chef even came by to give us some recommendations!! He said just ask for him, chef Derekk!
Thank you Via Vite for an amazing night!

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for the wonderful review and kind words! We are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us :) Come see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and service even better if that is possible! Highly recommend!!

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback! Come see us again soon :)

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SteveD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive service, good food and nice atmosphere. All in all, a decent place to have some dinner and drinks.

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for the kind review Steve!

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vipLaTraviata
Cincinnati
209 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the three course Restaurant Week menu. We would "order again" (the best rating one can give a dish) each of the items we tried. In addition owner Cristian Pietoso serves three food courses at all of his restaurants, Many Restaurant Week participants serve a dessert as the 3rd course, which is generally not our preference. And at $36 this 3-course meal was an incredible value. In addition, a nice enhancement to the ambiance is the addition of white tablecloths. They add warmth and a more authentic Italian restaurant feeling. A very nice dinning experience.

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi there, we are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time and experience with us and got the opportunity to try our Restaurant Week menu! Thank you for taking the time to review us :)

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samG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

One person at our table of got there entre 15 to 20 minutes after the rest of us. My vodka tonic was very weak, could not taste the vodka. You really need to update and remodel your restrooms, there terrible. Was looking forward to having lasagna but was told it wasn't on the menu on Saturdays, an Italian restaurant!

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi Sam, although we appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback, we are not so happy to hear that your experience didn't meet your expectations. We would like the opportunity to make things better in the future, please, feel free to email our manager at tobias@viaviterestaurant.co m - we have plans to remodel the entire restaurant in January 2022, we unfortunately got held back due to Covid for the past two years; and Lasagna is our Friday night special! Thank you!

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Dianne
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed a dinner at Via Site. But during restaurant week, they out did themselves! The menu was as delicious as promised. We felt that the staff was fully trained to serve an enjoyable dining experience. And private dining with sanitary Covid restrictions was no doubt adhered to. All in all I'll come back again and again.

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi Dianne, than you so much for the kind words and review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you in again soon!

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Samantha
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Front of the house excellence matches the kitchen excellence. We forgot our leftovers from our three course dinner and Kelly, our server, ran across Fountain Square with our take home bag. Amazing! Perfect food, cocktails, and service. Congratulations to Chef Pietoso and his team for maintaining such a high level for so many years.

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi Samantha, thank you so much for the kind words and for taking the time to review us :) We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Kelly is the best.
Honeymoon Salad was exceptional. Pasta was really good. Spicy Vodka was awesome. Would live to see some vegetarian options.
We’ll be back.

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for the kind words and review! We hope to see you in again sometime soon :)

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Kathy
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent appetizers, pastas and lamb shank, but missed the pizzas that used to be on the menu.

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi Kathy, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such kind feedback!

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LisaF
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks & service were amazing!

Via Vite
Responded on September 29, 2021

Hi there, thank you for your kind feedback!

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FAQs

Via Vite offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 721-8483.

Via Vite is rated 4.7 stars by 3985 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.