Via Vite 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. We look forward to helping you plan the perfect event at Via Vite!
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We strive to be the easiest venue to work with. We can complete your reservation over the phone in under 2 minutes and immediately provide all of the information you need along with a custom recommendation for a tremendous experience. You can leave the planning to us or customize to your exact preferences. We require a credit card on file and a one-page, signed contract. We are available at a minimum of 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday and additionally by appointment and mobile phone. We will act as your personal concierge to our authentic Italian Bistro.
Yes. Absolutely! Over the years we have developed tremendous experience in customizing hundreds of events from cocktail parties and socials/mixers, family-style dining, rehearsal dinners, product launches, business presentations, weddings, holiday parties, business celebrations/milestones, brainstorming meetings, informal lunches…you name it…we have executed it well countless times for our guest hosts. We partner with you to make sure we create a warm, welcoming experience with top-notch service and the most authentic Italian food for each of your guests. Don’t hesitate to ask; we’ll make it happen!
Yes. We have the largest outdoor dining venue in Downtown Cincinnati. Our newly-remodeled Outdoor Covered Terrace seats up to 66 guests – 100 cocktail overlooking Fountain Square on our second floor. Our open-air Courtyard seats 20-guests in what feels like a VIP lounge with all the excitement of the Central Business District. Our featured venue, the all-new open-air Piazza Bar is perched above Fountain Square in front of our main building and offers a private bar for up to 45 guests.
Groups of 20 guests or less are welcome to order from our regular menus during your event. Groups with 21 or more guests are required to offer a pre-fixe menu. We have suggested pre-fixe menus at varied price points and you are welcome to customize your own pre-fixe menu. Your guests will still receive a true restaurant service experience and make their selections within the course offerings of your menu table side during your event.
We offer a Premium and Top Shelf Bar packages of 3 or 4 hour duration. We also offer open bar (hosted or cash) billed on consumption. Our most common/popular offering is an open (hosted) bar billed on consumption with pre-selected wines by the bottle.
We do not charge room fees. Instead, we assign a food and beverage minimum to the area(s) of our restaurant which are used for your private event. Every dollar you spend with us for food and beverages (including alcohol) counts towards your minimum. We also charge a 3% banquet service fee, suggested gratuity at your discretion (18% – 25% suggested) and local sales tax (currently 7%). Amenity partner spending such as audio/visual, celebration cakes, etc. does not count toward your minimum spend. If you are unable to reach the minimum spend at the conclusion of your event you are able to purchase all of our bottle wine offerings to-go. Alternatively, any remaining unmet minimum will be settled as a room charge. The minimum cannot be carried over/transferred and cannot be applied to gift cards.
We require final confirmation of your pre-fixe menu, bar and other selections 5 business days in advance of the date of your event.
Our hosts and managers will be happy to give you a tour of our beautiful restaurant and breathtaking city views at anytime.