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“Upscale Italian with a bar vibe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Via Vite

Via Vite
520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
+1 513-721-8483
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Ranked #33 of 1,747 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Cross street: On Fountain Square, Fifth & Vine Streets
Virginia
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“Upscale Italian with a bar vibe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

When I arrived around 6:30 the bar scene was very noisy and there were not many diners. By 7PM that had reversed. I thought the menu was rather limited, heavily slanted towards seafood. Don't know if it changes seasonally. Service was attentive, food was presented very well and the taste was first class. That all said, I would have probably preferred a hole-in-the-wall with Grandma in the kitchen to this atmosphere.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, OH
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nicola is Better!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Trendy. Better bet is to go uptown to Nicola's. I prefer the atmosphere and food. It's all the same family but the original is hard to beat. However hipsters might prefer Via Vite.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Decent Italian food in Fountain Square...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Convenient location in Fountain Square serving decent, upmarket, Italian style food. Friendly and efficient staff, good atmosphere made for an enjoyable evening.

Visited May 2013
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Powderly, Kentucky
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“Great service with adequate, not great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

Nice convenient location with excellent salads, average entrees, good desserts. Service was quick and efficient

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“The Food is Definitely Italian, but.......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

With a great view of Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Via Vite is an Italian Restaurant that serves up old fashion Italian cuisine in a contemporary setting. During a recent stay in Cincinnati, my wife, neice and I had the opportunity to dine for lunch at VV. They're on OpenTable.com and after seeing the flood of businessmen at lunch, reservations are highly suggested.

The reception was not warm. The woman at the door seemed to be a bit out of sorts about the fact that we were a party of 3 rather than 2. Wow, a French attitude from an Italian restaurant, not something you expect. After the hostess pulled herself together, we were seated. We were the second table seated at 11:30, by 12:30, every seat was taken and people were waiting at the door.
We began our meal with soup. My neice had a creamy potato leek and my wife had a cauliflower soup, while I had the minestroni soup. All Good. Our entrees were eggplant parm and bolognese My Neice and wife loved their eggplant, I thought the bolognaise was a little flat. If you're looking for the traditional bolognaise, this isn't the place to order it. For dessert we all shatred a triumvirate of Gelato (3 different flavors). Overall, the menu looked good, with all the choices of southern Italian cuisine.

The wine list was mid-range in it's prices. Their were a few choices in the $30-40 range. We had a traditional Italian Primativo with our meal for $35. Very nice. The bill for a 3 course lunch for 3 and bottle of wine came to around $150 with tip.

The service was OK, needless to say, when the restaurant became busy, our server disappeared. However, Via Vite is a nice option downtown for lunch or dinner with a view......if you can get around the French attitude and bolognaise

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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