Chef Cristian Pietoso
Chef Cristian PietosoExecutive Chef & Owner

Via Vite Italian Bistro on Fountain Square

Chef Cristian Pietoso, Executive Chef/Owner

Via Vite Meaning - of the vine Italian Bistro on Fountain Square in Downtown Cincinnati offers the most authentic Italian food. We opened our doors on October 11, 2007 and were founded by one of the most prominent and successful restaurateurs in Cincinnati. Chef Cristian and Amanda Pietoso became the sole owner/operators of the restaurant in 2012. Chef Cristian and his culinary team source the finest imported and local ingredients and hand make each dish in our scratch kitchen. We are located on Fountain Square in the heart of the Central Business District of Downtown Cincinnati.

Chef Cristian Pietoso

Born and raised in Florence, Italy, Chef Cristian Pietoso has worked in some of the most renowned restaurants in Italy; among those, Cibreo (Florence, IT) under Chef Fabio Picchi, Pane e Vino, Belcore and Dulcamara under Chef Pierluigi Campi.

Chef Cristian is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Florence, Bernardo Buontalenti.

In 2000, Chef Cristian moved to London to work as Pastry Chef in the world-renowned Savoy Hotel right in the heart of the city working under Chef Anton Edelmann. In 2004, Chef Cristian moved to Cincinnati to join his father at Nicola’s Restaurant where he worked as Executive Chef until he opened Via Vite on Fountain Square in the Central Business District of Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then Via Vite has experienced phenomenal growth and includes expansions such as its Piazza Bar. The all new, open-air outdoor Piazza Bar is a stunning addition overlooking the Spring and Summer activities on Fountain Square.

Chef Cristian brought true, authentic Italian cuisine to Cincinnati for over a decade. He started at Nicola’s adapting authentic seasonal Italian fine dining and now brings the same experience to Via Vite. Via Vite is a casual, fun and energetic venue with a pure metropolitan feel.

“This is as close as it gets to true Italian food without taking a plane.” – Chef Cristian Pietoso

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