Via Vite

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Italian
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.
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Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew gave excellent service and the food was delicious as always!! Even a special dessert was brought for our celebration! We Love Via Vite!!!

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c
Cincinnati
292 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great downtown lunch spot. Good food and service.

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GL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I was there for lunch. The menu was a little limited. It was way too heavy of food for a lunch. And it is a little pricey. Food was tasty, but too much of it. And you have to pay for bread...never had that at restaurants, especially Italian restaurants.

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S
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine! The best brussels sprouts I've ever had. Server did not know the soup of the day so they lose just a few points there but otherwise everything was very good.

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OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Like Via Vite a lot. Went for Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch. Loved the selection of food and the quality was good.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Only issue, which brought the score down, was the pasta was not cooked properly. It needed a few more minutes for it to be Al Dente. But they corrected promptly.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

There for Mother’s Day brunch. Food was delicious. I didn’t particularly enjoy our table as it was in the middle by the servers area and had people trying to get around our table the whole time. Other than that, it was great!

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T
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Went there for the Mother’s Day brunch. The food was cold and not good. Only had 2 desserts and they were both bad. Not recommended.

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FB
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's day brunch was just excellent. Great selection of fare including 'those' gnocchi which are to die for. Breakfast pizza was fantastic too, as was the beet salmon; melt in your mouth. Thank you Cristian!!

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O
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch

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LP
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our server was not on her game. Ordered drinks from the bar. After we were served our appetizer, had to flag her down to check on them as they had never come. Didn't get my husband's order right. Delivered dessert menus and didn't tell us they were out of gelato until we tried to order it. Indicated we were celebrating our anniversary when I made the reservation with Open Table, but it was never acknowledged. Don't ask if you aren't going to do anything with the info. We've eaten there a number of times before, but we were disappointed in our experience Saturday night.

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GC
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son took my wife and I out for mothers day. all three meals were great! We had the Cod, Halibut, and the Brianza (not sure of spelling). all were fixed to perfection. We also had the rosoato with shaved truffles. You could really taste the deep earthen flavors of the truffles. the meal was excellent and would definitely plan on going back.

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OT
Cincinnati
173 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our pretheater meal. Great skate special, always outstanding bolognese, super sales and perfect service. We need to enjoy Via vite more often.

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was wonderful! Food as good as I had in Italy!

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good but portions were ridiculously small for the price. I left hungry. I've got no issue spending $ on a good dinner but I shouldn't be hungry when I leave.

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JQ
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was great, and meal was well paced. Food was good, the crispy potatoes were amazing! The restaurant was very loud however, so loud it was difficult to hear the other person at the table.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Dont order the lamb shank, disgusting....

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M
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with my daughter before the Show, a great start to our evening. The al forno pizza was terrific, the staff very attentive and kind. Rebecca was especially so.

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R
Cincinnati
48 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner as usual was great. We loved the Santorini Salad which is new to the menu. Gnocchi and Sausage was our entrée and the sausage complimented the gnocchi's perfectly.

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CW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dined at Via Vite for a team dinner. Great atmosphere, good food selection, great service.

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D
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Our waitress was WONDERFUL, she came over MULTIPLE times to tell us our drinks were not ready (took 15 minutes to get cocktails) and our food was not ready (took 30 minutes to get). Cocktail was very small and mainly froth for $11. Food itself was very good when we finally got it 45 minutes after being seated.

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S
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good venue for theater evenings. Kitchen was a little slow, but the servers were aware and kept us informed.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was good to try, not bad by any means. Just not our favorite.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become our favorite lunch spot. Perfect size servings for lunch before a show.

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E
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is super tasty! The Bolognese is my favorite!!

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M
Toledo
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for dinner and a Broadway show. We picked Via Vite because of it's great reputation and location (right on Fountain Square). It was a fabulous dining experience. The server was great, and very helpful in making our decisions. The food was spectacular. I especially appreciated the owner stopping by to chat with us. I saw lots of difference people - special occasion, post-work get together, family fun, etc. This was all we were hoping for and more.

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P
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was very bad. Food was not hot when served, dessert was melting, cappuccino was warm and sugar did not arrive until almost finished. Had to ask a second time. This was very unusual since service is normally very good.

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L
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not much variety of food selections. Service was terrible. Will not be going back again.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, excellent service. One of my favorite places.

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NK
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was extremely friendly and the food was delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kelly Lough is the best. Food is outstanding. Service is high quality.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of everything

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RU
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Some item Portions are small and come with no sides. Everything is ala carte. Food is good but i left hungary.

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M
Cincinnati
96 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lunch. Ate out on the patio.

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C
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We often come on occasions when they serve their brunch buffet. The food is a delicious mix of breakfast regulars and Italian favorites - the pork belly fagioli is a personal favorite - and it comes at a great value too. They do a fabulous job at dinner, but they’ve perfected brunch as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service!

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NO
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seating as requested at the time that we reserved. We were seated by the window which was drafty with cold air. The waiter was a tad delayed, but very pleasant and informative. Our meals were brought to our table in a timely manner. The food was very good. We will return there again, but will ask not to be seated by the window.

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OT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice experience celebrating my husband’s birthday. The food and service was amazing!
Katie was very attentive and her food suggestions were spot on......based on our comments, she knew exactly what we might like....and that we did! We will definitely be back and bring friends to share in this fabulous new find!

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LB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both outstanding. Thanks for a great experience.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

9 dollar local draft beer was disappointing

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