The 8 Best Italian Restaurants in Cincinnati

It’s hard to come across someone who doesn’t like Italian food. From pizza to pasta to bolognese and everything in between, Italian food is known for it’s carb-heavy, delicious flavor that most people love.

Fortunately for those of us in Cincinnati, there are several excellent Italian restaurants around the city that serve up incredible Italian food that can be enjoyed in an inviting atmosphere.

In this post, we share the 8 best Italian restaurants to visit around the Cincinnati area.

Map of Restaurants

The following map shows the locations of every restaurant mentioned in this post:

Sotto

Located in Downtown Cincinnati, Sotto is a basement restaurant with an austere brick-&-wood interior that serves some of the best Italian dishes that you can find anywhere in the city. Known especially for their pasta, large selection of wines, rich ingredients, and top-notch service, Sotto is a particularly popular spot to visit when you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion with some excellent Italian cuisine.

Location: 118 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Website: Sotto

Via Vite

Located in Fountain Square in the heart of Downtown CincinnatiVia Vite is one of the most well-known Italian restaurants in the city known for serving up a variety of pastas, risottos, pizzas, and salads. Along with their dishes, they offer a huge menu of craft beers, wines, and cocktails. They even have an outdoor dining terrace that overlooks the square, which is a particularly fun place to enjoy a meal during the warmer months.

Location: 520 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Website: Via Vite

A Tavola

Another excellent place to enjoy some Italian food is A Tavola, an Italian eatery that has locations in Over-The-Rhine and Madeira. Their menu is filled with a variety of pizzas, pastas, and salads along with an impressive selection of wines and house-made cocktails.

Location: Locations in Over-The-Rhine and Madeira

Website: A Tavola

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Located in the Kenwood Town Centre, Maggiano’s Little Italy is an Italian restaurant that offers a variety of traditional Italian dishes. They’re known for their fair prices, quick service, generous portion sizes, and delicious entrees along with their impressive selection of appetizers. Our personal favorite appetizer is the fried mozzarella, but you can’t go wrong with pretty much anything on the menu.

Location: 7875 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236

Website: Maggiano’s Little Italy

Nicola’s

One of the more upscale places to enjoy some Italian food in Cincinnati is Nicola’s. Located in Over-The-Rhine, this spot offers a unique atmosphere with exposed brick and dim lighting that adds to the ambiance of the meal. Their menu includes plenty of excellent options, but our personal favorites are the house made bolognese and the house salad.

Location: 1420 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Website: Nicola’s

Biagio’s Bistro

Located in the heart of Clifton’s Gaslight DistrictBiagio’s Bistro is a bit of a hidden gem that locals love. The service here is excellent, the dishes are delicious, and the atmosphere is inviting. One of our go-to dishes here is the tomato basil soup, but the whole menu is filled with plenty of delicious choices.

Location: 118 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Website: Biagio’s Bistro

Vincenzo’s

One of the best places to get Italian food in the northern part of Cincinnati is Vincenzo’s in Sharonville. A bit of history about the restaurant’s head chef can be found on their website:

Chef Vincenzo, who was born, raised, and trained in Northern Italy, has made Cincinnati his home where he is proud to create something very special; all the amenities of a fine dining restaurant, the freshest Italian cuisine available, a casual elegance that is not intimidating, and prices that won’t break your budget.

Simply put, the food here is delicious and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. If you’re craving Italian food, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Vincenzo’s.

Location: 11525 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

Website: Vincenzo’s

Forno

Last but certainly not least is Forno, an Italian restaurant located in the heart of the upscale Hyde Park neighborhood. Forno is known for serving up some of the most unique Italian dishes in the city, including octopus, sword fish, and wild boar. They also offer more traditional entrees like pastas and salad. The food here is fantastic, the service is high quality, and overall the experience at Forno is wonderful.

Location: 3514 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Website: Forno

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