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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.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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
On Fountain Square, Fifth & Vine Streets
$30 and under
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For catering for events of all types and sizes contact Events Manager Alicia Upperman at 513-721-8480.
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.
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
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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
Unfortunately, the experience was below my standard. While we waited at the bar enjoying our drinks, it was freezing. Every time the entry door opened, a rush of outside cold air made us drink with our gloves on. Get an entrance canopy! When we were seated, we were next to the exterior storefront. It was unbelievable that we ate with cold air at our feet and at table height. Our warm food was cold in no time. We dined with our coats on. To add to the frustration, service was slow. It took 40 cold, miserable minutes to get our dinner.
For a fine dining restaurant, the atmosphere was too cold to go back. This is unfortunate because the food was quite delicious.
Food is very good and the owner is exceptionally gracious. The two story dining room faces Cincinnati's main downtown square. The second level features outdoor dining. Via Vite has long hours (11 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, later on weekends), which is convenient. Many Cincinnati restaurants close on weekdays at 9 p.m. This restaurant has two private dining rooms for special events and for business dinners that may require confidentiality.
Great meal my family had before catching a holiday play. Always a great meal and my kids enjoy eating here. Our service was outstanding. Our server made fantastic recommendations and adjusted the menu to fit our interests. We were both divided on what to pick, so she created us a sampler of both the pastas for each of us. My wife was really happy with hers and I liked mine a great deal as well. She had the gnocchi and it was outstanding. Always a fan favorite at our house
I’ve been to Via Vite several times. This trip, a birthday celebration for my husband, I discovered they’d changed the menu up and removed some items (my mushroom pizza was gone! 😫) but had added a few new things too. I had the Gorgonzola mushroom pizza for my meal, the mushroom soup (tasty!), and bread for dipping. It was good, but I may try something else next time around; the garlic was a little too potent for me, but if you’re into a strong garlic flavor, then this one would be for you. The meatballs were a shared appetizer—tasty and loved by all. I’m not sure anyone could have complained about anything they had.
The service was outstanding. They brought complimentary proseccos around (ginger ale for my boys) so we could toast to my husband. I thought that was a very classy touch. Our server even chased us down at the door to hand us a free dessert that we weren’t able to eat inside since we were in a hurry to get outside.
It being the holidays the location gives you lots to look at, and we really enjoyed the primo spot to watch Santa repel from the Huntington building followed by fireworks. It was a great evening. Highly recommend.
We were on time for a 5:15 reservation. The downstairs was only half-full and yet we were brought upstairs to an empty dining area. When I asked why we were not seated downstairs I was told they were reservations as if we didn't have one. We were dressed for the Aronoff theatre so not dressed in jeans.
I bought tickets to the theatre to surprise my daughter who was in desperate need of a night out away from her young children. We decided we'd grab dinner downtown as an extra treat. Our server was exceptional! She approached the table immediately to get a drink order and gave a detailed description of the evening's specials. She offered meal suggestions based on our inquiries and comments about the menu. We ordered the Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschette and were not disappointed! For dinner we each ordered a pasta dish. My Mezzi Rigatoni Vodka was spicier than I expected but delicious and filling. Our glasses (wine and water) were never empty. She checked back often to ask if we needed anything but never hovered. Other servers/staff helped to clear any used dishes as they passed our table so we ended the evening with a nice clear table (except for our wine glasses that were still in use). The friendly, knowledgeable staff paired with the delicious food and wine made for a memorable mother/daughter night! Thank you Via Vite! Two thumbs up!!
We loved how unique the menu is a Via Vite. I loved the mushroom soup & tuna salad. My husband had the rabbit ragu and said it was wonderful. We had a reservation for 7:45, but they were able to seat us early (which was nice). The only complaint was that our waitress seemed to want us to hurry up with our meal. Otherwise everything was wonderful. We will definitely be back.
I ordered my pizza without meat and it came out with meat amongst the arugula. Because the lighting was so dim in the restaurant, I did not notice the meat and ate the pizza. I discovered the pizza was loaded with meat when I looked at the leftovers at home. So sick the next day. Plus the wine I ordered had a ton of sediment in the glass which of course I did not discover until I saw it at the bottom of my empty glass. Bad night at Via Vite. Don’t see myself going back.
My musical group, @PandiniBros (Italian mandolin quartet) stopped in after a brunch gig elsewhere downtown. After two hours of playing traditional Italian music, opera tunes, Neapolitan song, we were in the mood for Italian food (not to mention a glass of Prosecco)! The place was quiet at 1:45p on a Sunday, the server was attentive, informative, and charming. The food was great! I especially enjoyed the Boucheron goat cheese salad and order that each time I dine at this oasis of civility amidst the happy chaos of Fountain Square. The brunch menu is very "breakfast-y," but also included limited pizza and pasta options. Highly recommend!
Chic hoppin restaurant on fountain square! Took another couple for their 34th anniversary and they were brought champagne! Menu is adventurousome; loved the shrimp with home made pasta. Definitely will go back to try their reknown pizza very highly rated in past. I would give this 4 1/2 stars. Service was stellar!
Service and food were top notch. Owner visited table and we had a nice conversation. Chef sent a special dish for us to try. Everything we ate was delicious. They sent a complimentary dessert for my husband’s birthday. Great experience. On Fountain Square; restaurant is in a special location.
We had a lovely Friday night date at Via Vite. It was easy to get a reservation the day before but the tables were full during our meal. Our server, Alison, was knowledgable and professional and made our experience very pleasant. We had the Peperonata Bruschette which was served on blue oven bread that is better than Boca's (in our opinion). We also shared two pasta dishes which were divine. We always love our dinners here because they feel like a special a special occasion, but the value is so wonderful we can afford to make them a more regular occurrence.
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