Via Vite

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$30 and under
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Italian
Via Vite is a contemporary Italian restaurant 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.
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4.7
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drewsg
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Penne Bolognese was amazing. Great service by Andrew. Overall amazing experience.

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vipHouse
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Trent was excellent server. Food was tasty. The lamb shank was very tender. Soups were great. Drinks maybe a bit pricey. Would definitely go back.

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vipdenac
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants with good food and ambience.

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MartinM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Food was excellent no complaints.

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JibbyB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a great pleasure to dine at Via Vite. The chef, Christian, and his team are a great way to spend an evening.

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viphappilyretired
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lamb Shank with risotto was excellent! The precautions implemented for COVID made our entire table feel safe and at ease! The picturesque tri-fold screens placed in-between tables kept us at a comfortable social distance. All of the staff were extremely friendly under their appropriately worn masks! (i.e., nose and mouth were covered at all times.) We will definitely be back for more!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Was a fantastic dining experience as usual. To aid in distancing, they used very chic dividers instead of clear plastic like many other restaurants are using. Found out that Friday is lasagna night, and it was the beat lasagna I have ever had! This place can not be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian and his staff make us very welcome and the varied menu always excells. Our "go-to" in downtown Cincinnati.

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AmyT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Via Vite was fantastic. The gnocchi is always on point!

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Katrina
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

I booked a table for my parents 65th Wedding Anniversary June 25th, at 7pm. We were greeted enthusiastically and seated quickly (no one there, COVID-19). The server and the hostess were great, and made a nice recognition for my parents anniversary. The food is a different story. We ordered the veal meatballs appetizer. They came lukewarm, not even that, really. They were burnt, and covered with a weird sauce, probably to mask the burned meat, and not tender at all. The orecchiette had a kale pesto that was not pleasant. Very bitter, tasted awful. Stick to an authentic basil pesto! I shared the seafood risotto with my mother, and the “seafood taste” was off putting. Was seafood fresh? My sister did say her salmon was “just right.” The cook should rethink that menu. The entire menu is way overpriced. The music was too loud, and on a lousy loop of old rock music, but not the good kind. My parents are elderly, and the ambiance was not comfortable nor soothing. Again, the server and hostess were terrific! They did send out an anniversary dessert, which was the best dish of all the food. The chocolate creme brûlée. The food was not worth the extremely high prices. It was a very disappointing dinner experience.

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Sassafrass
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first restaurant dining since covd19 quarantine.
Excellent preparation taken here for re-opening.
My Negroni was beautiful in its preparation and none has ever tasted better. Same to be said of the octopus appetizer. Slightly different plate than I was remembering and it was excellent!
My partner loved his peach gazpacho- a creative play on the traditional.
And the bucatini was perfect.

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rfc1
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Food and service. Great location, easy parking.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here to celebrate Fathers Day. We had a very enjoyable experience. Tables were spaced safely and comfortably apart. Service and food were excellent. We will definitely be back!

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Kaitlyn
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we were so very impressed. Trent was our server and he did amazing, best waiter I've ever had! As well as all the managers/hosts who checked on us and pre-bussed the table. I WILL BE BACK :)

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal. The bruschetta is unbelievable

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LisaC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was predictably good! We sat on the upstairs patio and it was well spaced and very comfortable. It was a very eerie feeling seeing no one on the square on a Friday evening.

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vipEllenM
Cincinnati
42 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vita Vite never ever disappoints
Food quality and variety
Service
Wine list
All simply excellent

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NKYpatron
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always order the lamb shank and penne bolognese they are really wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was EXCELLENT, servers and manager knowledgeable and friendly!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service for a very reasonable price.

LC
LCincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Vite does not disappoint. The food is outstanding, the service is always great and the location on Fountain Square is unbeatable.

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MaggieB
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! We had the goat cheese bruschetta and a nice bottle of Rose’ to start. My husband had the seafood risotto and I had the bucatini. Both were delicious as were the desserts! Our server was friendly, helpful and just the right amount of attentive. Great choice for our anniversary dinner.

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vipExperiencedTraveler007
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent and why I will go back but it is a little pricey. I would feel better if they at least served the delicious bread without a charge.

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AlexN
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife an I took a much needed date night while he parents watched our toddler. We received a GC over a year ago and decided now was as good a time as any to use it. We were welcomed and decided to stop ar the bar for a drink since we arrived early. The restaurant did not look busy and only one other couple was at the bar. They have the seating at the bar spaced in pairs to keep the social distance. We moved to the main dining area where the table were also well spaced and each was devided from those closest to them with a privacy screen. The food was great, the service was outstnading, all workers wore masks and gloves.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was great

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vipCG1lover
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we dine here it is outstanding. Cristian and his team do a wonderful job with the menu, the experience and making you feel welcome. Open for his 2nd night after the closing due to COVID, and it was flawless. Always can’t wait to return.

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vipccurran
Cincinnati
340 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was their second night being open after being closed 2 1/2 months for the pandemic and they did a great job. The service had been changed a lot to meet new requirements and our server worked tirelessly to keep things moving smoothly. The food was wonderful and it was a great way to celebrate our anniversary.

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vipMable
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very special evening celebrating getting out after sheltering in place! We felt very safe! The owner greeted us at the table. So special!

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Chief
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was alright but was not good enough for the price. Service was great.

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FoodloverfromOhio
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the bolognese with homemade pasta! We will definitely return to get that dish again.

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vipEmilyR
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have always loved Via Vite. I had clients in from Denver and wanted to treat them to a great Cincinnati experience with a view. The FS Fountain is gorgeous- despite the construction, so I chose Via Vite.

What a debacle. It was one of my client's birthdays and given that I love and grew up in bourbon country, they always let me steer the ship on what we're drinking. Old Fashion's are an easy and all time favorite. However, when ordering them, it seemed to be such an issue. Never before have we been served Old Fashion's the way the bartender was making them. It was bizarre. We were all caught off guard and tried to explain what we wanted but it didn't seem to register or make sense to the server or the bartender. After a while, it just became stressful and was eating in to our enjoyment of the evening, so we settled on what was brought to the table and then just switched to wine.

My other client does not eat red meat. He ordered the Bolognese with Taglia pasta, as suggested by the server with no meatball. She brought it anyway, acknowledging when she sat it down that he had said he didn't want it, but decided since the kitchen added it anyway, she would keep it on there and not charge for it....What???? At this point, we were still so exhausted by the drink conversation, we just didn't say anything and he just ate around it.

I called earlier in the day to let them know it was a birthday dinner and it was disappointing that nothing was mentioned by the server about it and that a dessert or anything was offered to celebrate. Yes, this is an assumption on my part. Though, one that is made based upon experiences at other nearby, nice restaurants.

Just... disappointing.

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DaveB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and great presentation from start to finish. Love the setting with all the natural light,also tables are nicely spaced so you don't feel a bit crowded in your space

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TonyaJ
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I celebrated our birthdays here with my son. This was our 3rd time at Via Vite and everything we had was absolutely delicious!! Always worth the hour drive!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Y’all are just the best! Fantastic as always!

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Todd
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've always enjoyed the restaurant but had probably the best meal I've had there, or anywhere, recently. Split an 8 ounce filet and seafood risotto with my companion, and both were outstanding. Also had a cup of their pepper soup, which is always excellent. I will be back!

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viplfmom
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Some of the reasons we like Via Vita is the consistently good service, nice ambiance, and delicious food. Who could ask more from a restaurant! They delivered again on Sunday. We’ll be back soon.

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DarcyM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

This is a beautiful restaurant on the ground floor but We were brought upstairs to a tiny room that had a metal door that had to be opened and closed every time someone came in. It made the whole dining experience different in a negative way.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had just been at Via Vite for New Year’s Eve dinner and had a great time. Our overall experience here was terrific. Started out a Happy hour at the bar while I waited for my friends to arrive for dinner reservations. Bartenders friendly and friendly folks at the bar. Seated right on time work the a great table and our server was terrific. She took very good care of our table. Food was delicious and came in reasonable time. I enjoy Via Vite more every time I come here!

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ChrisC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jack was an excellent server- 5 stars- I had made a reservation weeks in advance- it seems a better table w/view- less congested and noisy area for 2 could have been accommodated for celebration my friends 90th birthday- overall a 5 star experience!

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KimberlyM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food!!! Highly recommend the four cheese gnocchi!!

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

Via Vite is rated 4.6 stars by 3713 OpenTable diners.

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