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“Didn't totally live up to expectations” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alfio's buon cibo

Alfio's buon cibo
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Ranked #28 of 1,881 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Erie & Michigan
Cincinnati, Ohio
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Didn't totally live up to expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After seeing this place on the Best of Cincinnati list in several categories, I was expecting phenomenal food. My husband was really happy with his mussels, but I was a little disappointed with my mahi mahi with risotto, which had so much sauce it was like rice soup. The flavors were great, but it wasn't the perfection I expected based on the hype and the prices. Still high quality food, and I would give it another try!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Key West, Florida
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156 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“I will have dreams....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Had a superior meal with family and there was a lot of moaning and sounds of delight from everyone at the table. Our server Steve was both knowledgable and personable. We tried several dishes! Great ambiance...perfect!!!! I wish I could give them a 6!

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1 Thank reddskyy
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Alfio is a culinary genius!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

There are many chefs but few have the talent and heart of Alfio. He is an artist who uses food to create delicious masterpieces. When attending his wine dinners (strongly recommend!!), he takes a flavor note from a wine and invents a dish that emphasizes the flavors perfectly. He has never made anything we don't LOVE! Plus, his passion for food is contagious and he is the nicest guy in town!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Kendra T
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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80 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting combination”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great place on Hyde Park Square. First time I've ever seen an Italian/Argentine dual menu.
Portions were surprisingly large; lamb risotto was very well done, and they had a pretty nice wine selection as well. We'll be back now that we're close by!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank P93S27
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Owings Mills, Maryland
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“First time...not the last”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Visiting our son in Cincinnati. He heard great things about Alfios. They were right! He ordered the butternut squash soup which was so good, very thick. The grilled romaine had a great flavored dressing, just a little too much of it. I had the pistachio crusted salmon on top of butternut squash. Very tasty. Took some home. Tasted the chicken risotto and the shrimp and scallop entrees. Everyone loved what they ordered. Katrina, our waitress was very nice too. Vibrant atmosphere, every table filled!

Visited July 2014
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