919 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH | Directions 4520239.105939 -84.514316
Tue-Fri 11:30am-1:30pm and 5pm-8:30pm
Neighborhoods: Central Business District
AUTHENTIC!!! – Very romantic small Italian resturant that serves the most AUTHENTIC Italian foods I have ever tasted in this area. Definitley does not have an American spin which is probably why some of the reviews are negative. The price is a little high, but you are paying for the quality and EXPERIENCE...which you can't get at say, Olive Garden. It was like we were in Italy! And did I say the food was amazingly good!
Over-rated and Over-priced! – I was so excited about going to this place becuse I read some great reviews but I left feeling jipped and disspointed. The prices in this place are outrageous for a checkered table cloth dining experience. I had a pasta that was a nice size serving, but for the price that I paid it should have been. I've never heard of a tomao based pasta with veggies costing over $22 with no salad included in that price! Actually later that night I felt quite sick and I'm pretty sure if was from the food.
I would only reccommend this place if you feel like paying $22 for a bowl of pasta and that's it. Service was ok, they never came back to check on us to see how the meal was. Actually after we got our food we didn't see the waitor again untill the check came. Very over-rated and over-priced.
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Readers, Did You Notice? – The 2 really bad reviews are the same person. The "Awful" review 7/15/06 and "Not Very Impressive" 2/19/05...this person may be bad mouthing other fine Cincinnati establishments! Watch out :)) !!
Some people are too finicky – I had never been to Scotti's until two nights ago. It was a Saturday night and I had made reservations, which I had to change twice by the time we arrived. The restaurant was full but not crowded and the staff welcomed my party without any discontent regarding my changing reservations. We ended up with only a party of 3 seated at a table that I had reserved for 6. The waiter was very pleasant, offering suggestions for his favorite dishes and fully willing to serve a bottle of wine that we had brought ourselves. The food was excellent and largely portioned. The atmosphere is quaint and lovely. My husband and I spent some time touring Italy last year and this restaurant truly offers the authentic feel and taste of the country. Please try this restaurant before taking on the more recent negative opinions provided in other reviews. You will certainly enjoy your meal.
Awful, Awful, Awful – Went here years ago and liked it. The restaurant used to be run by an Italian lady and her kids. I think the kids have taken over. It was by far the worst Italian meal I had in years. The food actually tasted premade and microwaved. My eggplant parmesian was cold around the edges and hot (microwave hot) in the middle. Tasted like it had been made a week ago. If I did not pay 50 for two dinners, we would have not eaten any. Bad.
Scottis Italian Restaurant is the best – Scottis italian restaurant is great. I have been coming here for years. The staff is wonderfull, especially the beautiful waitress. She is energetic, funny, and one of the best cooks that I have ever known.
These people put in 12 to 14 hours a day, and barely have time to themselves. I think they are entitled to have a bad day once in awhile. After all they have been in business for 96 years, and the sixth generation is in full swing. Apparently they are doing something right. So to all the people with the bad reviews, WAKE UP!! This place is still in the same family, and the food is wonderfull.
Weak Italian Food in a Strange Setting – I want to see all restaurants downtown thrive but I've got to call it the way I see it. I grew up here, moved to the New York area and now I'm back with some perspective. The food at Scotti's was basically tastless. The soup was the best part. I'm all for eclectic but this was, well...just strange. The interior looked as if the old man got a hold of some spare bathroom tile, tapped into the vino and went to town on the walls. Not romantic, weird. My wife and I had 2 dishes (portion sizes a bit small compared to other Italian benchmarks) and one bottle of wine. The bill w/tip was $78. For the quality and the strange surroundings it just was not really worth it.
A Classical Experience! – My first trip to Scotti's was in 1988 on a first date, Momma told us to "shut up and eat your salad, your food is coming", she then yelled at my date for not having ordered wine telling him he was "dense" (she was right, last date with him!). I tried to make conversation telling her my Nonni was from Sicily, big mistake, she told me to tell my Nonni that she wasn't really Italian and was probably crazy. That's when I realized she was Calabrese. She was the highlight of that night and I have been coming back for years. For Italians that treatment is like home. We recently had a corporate team dinner there, Pat was the best!!! I am bringing the kids for lunch over Christmas break, the food is incredible and the place makes you smile from all the memories.
User review by leonardem – Absolutely THE BEST italian I have ever eaten! I can't wait to return!
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