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VIA VAI - Astoria, Astoria, NY
Award-winning

VIA VAI - Astoria

4.7
4.7
260 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
VIA VAI is a Chef-Owner run restaurant, serving contemporary and authentic Italian food that one would find in the best restaurants and trattorie in today's Italy.

The restaurant is rustic cozy and charming, with a slate and marble top bar serving only select Italian wines, and local and imported tap and bottled beer, that pair perfectly with the artisanal food prepared every day on the premises, and the brick oven roman-style (thin crust) pizza cooked in the imported Italian oven.

Chef-owner Antonio Morichini is Roman born and bred. He did his culinary education and training in Italy, working in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Rome. His food is loyal to tradition, but forward looking.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (347) 612-4334
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Antonio Morichini
  • Catering
    Cater your next special event with specialty food from VIA VAI. Call us for catering menus and further information
  • Private party facilities
    VIA VAI is available for private events. Call us for further information.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Astoria
  • Parking details
    Street parking and municipal parking lot in very close proximity, are available.
  • Public transit
    VIA VAI is down the block from the last stop of the N train, Ditmars Blvd.
  • Additional
    Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 260 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Romantic

  • Queens

    Romantic

  • Queens

    Italian

260 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience was great food was wonderful and the chef made everything form scratch and love that … you don’t get that now a days

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  2. Tabithax4

    New York City

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all enjoyed our dinner! The risotto with porcini mushrooms special was outstanding! Everyone else spoke very highly of their choices as well. Wonderful all around!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a nice little spot in Astoria, the staff was incredible and the food was so delicious. The atmosphere was amazing, and I definitely recommend this spot. The food is actually imported from Italy, so the food is authentic Italian cuisine.

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  4. NYCtraveler

    New York City

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We're fortunate to live in Astoria close to Via Vai. The quality of food and the experience of eating there would be HARD to get a table for in Manhattan - and would cost significantly more.

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  5. CindyS

    Inactiveville

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Fresh! Mouth watering! Looking forward to another meal at Via Vai very soon!

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  6. foodie

    New York City

    161 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Was expecting so much given the reviews It was good not great The server was wonderful Limited dessert selection

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good! Will definitely come back again. Ordered the fish of the day and was more than happy with our meal.

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  8. JBC9753

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing food, wonderful ambience and great service!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food the meatballs just melted and the cacio pepe was outstanding the wine our server paired with us was amazing as well

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing— the wine, service and food! Great for a date, get together or girls dinner. My go to when people come to town!

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  11. CarlE

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing service and food. Hidden Gem and highly recommended.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was so pleased to have found this amazing restaurant. I was visiting a friend and really wanted a Italian. Everything was spectacular. Thank you for a great evening!

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  13. Alejo

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is by far the best pasta in Queens. So yummy!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the best meals we have ever had. Truly outstanding food. Our ONLY complaint, was at the end of the meal, the waitress called us out on not leaving a sufficient tip, when we had left 20%. Where we live in Canada, 20% is an exceptional tip, but apparently it was considered insulting at this restaurant... So that left a bad taste in our mouths, and kind of tainted what was otherwise an outstanding experience. Overall, we would still recommend Via Vai, the food was so amazingly good, that it certainly outweighed the negativity of the tip situation.

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  15. AnnFnp

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious salad and pasta options (that's what we stuck with).

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  16. VickiT

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The place is small. There were 5 of us and we were cramped in 2 small tables. It took a very long time for the food to come out. A 22% tip was added to the receipt, which I thought was uncalled for. There was no where in the restaurant or on the menu that said a tip will automatically be applied. The food was good. I had food that was just as good, but at a better price and service.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    While the homemade pasta itself was tasty, the food was generally underwhelming. The cacio e Pepe was the winning pasta dish, whilst the pizza was relatively forgettable. The other disappointment was that the menu on the restaurant’s website was larger than what was offered at the spot itself. Also note that while they do have a large wine menu, there are no cocktails. Dessert was shippable as well. Overall, lovely ambience and very busy wait staff, but the food was just ok.

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  18. ShelleyR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice. REAL NICE. Good food. Waitress gave great suggestions. Pappardelle, risotto, ravioli and branzino were fire. Go. Just go.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing pasta, great wine list and attentive service.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A trip to Italy without leaving NY!!! The restaurant was ornate with Venetian masks and was warm and cozy. What a wonderful delectable treat this was. The food here is superb. Our server Stella earns 10 stars. She suggested the wine and most of our food choices. We were seated and swiftly attended to. The soft centered crisp focaccia awakened our palates. We started our journey with the polpette that was reminiscent of Rome. Soft small meatballs in a delectable tomato sauce. Their appy special layered zucchini blossoms was sweet and cheesy. We continued on to our pasta choice of “white meat” ravioli nestled in a buttery sage and truffle sauce and the Cacio de Pepe which was the star! Our next course, also a special was Bronzino wrapped and baked inside a dough similar to a calzone! WOW! So delicious! Flaky fish seasoned with rosemary and lemon. Accompanied by garlicky spinach and asparagus. The meal was completed with homemade pistachio gelato. We almost licked the bowl!!!! So good!!!! This place should be on everyone’s food radar when in Astoria.

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  21. DINAM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is absolutely amazing! The chef is a culinary artist. His passion and love for food make you want to come back over and over again.

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  22. Brianna

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my new favorite Astoria restaurant! Food is as good quality as Italy and I had a fantastic montepulciano red wine. Very cozy vibe. Excellent service.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at this restaurant. For appts we had the meat balls, which were incredibly tender and the sauce delightful. We also had the calamari… beautifully light and crispy and again super tender pieces. For mains we all had different pastas which were clearly very fresh, perfect el dente. I also had the daily risotto, this day it was a porcini mushroom and truffle risotto…this was the highlight of the night. So flavorful, big pieces of mushroom and a healthy portion. For dessert we had the panna cotta and tiramisu both were fantastic. Don’t waste your time going for Italian in Manhattan and spending an arm and a leg. Make the easy trip to Astoria and visit this little gem just steps away from the Astoria-Ditmars subway.

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  24. reallybigshoe

    New York City

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a discovery! The place was very quiet on a Wednesday night late, but perfect for my "delicate" nervous system. The owner/server was super-friendly. And the food was exceptional. I had the special risotto (with porcini mushrooms, black truffle, and pistachio) -- delicious, if pricey ($38). For the first course, my husband and I shared another special: fried zucchini flowers with mozzarella and a tiny bowl of outrageously good roasted red pepper sorbet. The wine list is both extensive and expensive -- we got the cheapest bottle, a $45 cannanou, which was fine.

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  25. GageC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is beautiful, calm, and inviting. The food is just as wonderful if not better. The pizza is perfectly crispy and the pasta is fresh.

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  26. SyedH

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent neighborhood location. Superb service. Pizza to do for. Spaghetti like in Rome.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Chef Morichini delivers authentic pasta dishes that make us feel like we are back in Italy. And no meal is complete without desert. We enjoyed the homemade gelato and decadent Tiramisu and wrapped up the night with a cappuccino. We will be back soon.

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  28. Gino

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the main dishes and down to the bread they served, every detail about dinner was perfect and delicious.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the best restaurants in the Astoria-Ditmars area. It’s a perfect experience every time.

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  30. 603RT150

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 2d time at Via Vai for dinner. Overall excellent. Excellent meal ball appetizer, salad, pastas & pizza. Service quick & friendly.

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  31. IzzyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best pasta places I've ever been in in NY. The pizza is a nice crunchy thin crusty, but the true beauty is in the fresh pasta. The fettucine bolognase is amazing and the daily specialty ravioli is wonderful

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  32. Carlo

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was The food was superb very authentic Italian cuisine. The pastor a La matrigiana was exceptional. and the pork dish tasted Devine . I will certainly come back and try some of the other dishes on the menu. Thank you Stella for your service.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Dinner was superb and absolutely delicious. The appetizer meatballs and sauce rivals what “ my Italian Moma used to make”. The MAIALE pork dish with truffle mashed potatoes was sensational . Pasta carbonara out of this world . Even the home made pistachio ice cream was magnificent . WINE list excellent . What a gem.

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  34. 603RT150

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 4 for dinner on Sunday 3/15/2023. First time for all of us. We shared the meatball appetizer which was excellent. All of us then had different pastas, all from off menu items. All the pastas seemed home made and were also excellent. Post dinner espresso was also excellent. The server was very professional. This is a wonderful Italian restaurant. We will be back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I thoroughly enjoyed. Will be back on my next trip to the area.

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  36. Cosmo

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although unassuming from the outside Via Vai never fails to deliver on a wonderful experience. Service is friendly, attentive, and never steers you wrong with a good wine recommendation. The food is outstanding. The meatball appetizer is a must! With this last visit our party’s order included a couple of the pasta mainstays from the menu and two specials, the shrimp ravioli and the branzino. All were delicious! Finish up with a couple of tiramisu and some gelato, …. Pretty perfect.

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  37. JennP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy, great service and delicious food! Not many tables, so reserve in advance.

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  38. frankg

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great and cozy little spot , will deff go again. Nothing about this spot disappointed us.

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  39. Stefanie

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little local gem! Always a great spot for a delicious meal and a great wine list. A nice variety of cuisine, mixes it up from a lot of other Italian spots in the neighborhood.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic holiday dinner, the pasta was next level. The service was fantastic.

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FAQs

VIA VAI - Astoria is rated 4.7 stars by 260 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for VIA VAI - Astoria

31-09 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Astoria
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking and municipal parking lot in very close proximity, are available.
  • Public transit
    VIA VAI is down the block from the last stop of the N train, Ditmars Blvd.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Antonio Morichini
  • Additional
    Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (347) 612-4334
  • Catering
    Cater your next special event with specialty food from VIA VAI. Call us for catering menus and further information
  • Private party facilities
    VIA VAI is available for private events. Call us for further information.
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