VIA VAI - Astoria
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
House-made tagliatelle with branzino, black olives, capers, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
House-made carrot gnocchi with asiago cheese fondue, porcini mushrooms and pistachio pesto
With caramel sauce
As always their staff can recommend amazing wines with great dishes. Their specials go quick but they are that good. I highly recommend this place for authentic Italian eating that doesn't give you stomach issues afterwards. The ingredients are always fresh and the flavors are matched excellently. The staff is also super.
Never had a bad meal at Via Vai. This time we had the pork tenderloin, spaghetti carbonara and kale salad - they were all excellent and fresh.
Ambiance is perfect, very cozy, lighting just right and always good background music.
Service was also up to par - waitress Sam suggested an excellent wine.
Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Very good restaurant, from appetizer to main course, we loved everything
Food was DELICIOUS! Wine was so good! Service was amazing.
Great food. Good drink. Friendly staff. Nice and quiet. Would definitely recommend.
Our meal and the service at VIA VAI was fantastic! Our temperatures were taken when we arrived and we were seated far from other dining parties. The salads were perfectly dressed and all of our entrees were delicious. Highly recommend the tiramisu for dessert, it was one of the best we've ever enjoyed. A new favorite of ours in the neighborhood!
Absolutely adorable! Food was perfect. Authentic Italian food hand made pasta was amazing
VIA VIA is a very good restaurant - it's the sort of delightful, delicious establishment that makes living in a city worthwhile!
Truly delicious food but service was a real problem. Our assigned server seemed to write us off upon arrival and, at times, it felt uncomfortably like a bias situation. There were only five tables (most of two and one of five) and two waitstaff. An hour and a half in we were told that there was a delay with our order but were largely ignored the rest of the time, though we did observe our server being attentive to their other tables. Several more things happened in that vein that we largely ignored because we were having a birthday dinner and didn't want any tension. However, after struggling to get a check and having to flag down another server, our original server shortchanged us by $75 and when confronted with the error, gave two different reasons, neither of which made sense. We got our correct change but it was a weird, sour end to what could have been a lovely evening.
The food is superb and the prices reflect that. But watch your tab and your server. The prices do not justify the overall dining experience. Food 10/10, Service 0/10.
Via Vai did a great job acclimating to the very challenging limits of the pandemic. I've always enjoyed the food and thoughtul wine list, and the service has actually improved. The waitress was attentive and personable and we were able to enjoy a delicious meal and paired wine in their outdoor dining area.
A real gem of an Italian restaurant in Astoria. The food is sensational!
Truly the finest authentic Italian cuisine in the 5 boroughs (and anywhere that I’ve been, outside of Italy. Worth the trip to Astoria!!!
Love love love
What a wonderful restaurant! We went there earlier this week to celebrate a family birthday. We all ordered pastas; each was outstanding. The service was superb, and our waitress brought out desert with a lit candle. (We didn’t even have to ask!) Love this place. Highly recommend!
Incredible service and impeccable food. I ordered the branzino special which was cooked inside focaccia - it was mind blowing. Our server was excellent - attentive and not pushy. Great place - will be back.
Matt and the chef Antonio were fantastic
It was great,
The wine selection is really good for the bottles and I was very happy with that and my food choices.
Great meal. Samantha was a wonderful hostess
Service is awful not sure how they got into Michelin’s rating system that should be re-evaluated
Unfortunately the service was terrible.
There was a new waitress, very nice and she was trying her best but still the service was terrible.
We had to request the menu, water wasn’t served or refilled as we wanted to.
There were people arguing with the manager and it wasn’t a o
The food is delicious. You have to be patient because it is still a newer restaurant. they were short staffed the evening we were there so one of the entrees came out much later than the remaining 2 and the appetizer came out with the meal. If you are enjoying your company and a nice beer or wine it isn’t so bad, but the food is absolutely worth the wait. Meatball appetizer is outstanding in flavor. Pasta with langoustine and crab is so yummy but it is not too saucy (drizzle a bit of the olive oil dip for bread, and that’s all you need). Definitely going back to taste every pasta on the menu! Wait staff was lovely even though they were overwhelmed due to staff and chef shortage that one evening. People dine at the bar as well. Highly recommend trying this restaurant but bring good friends and a happy attitude if you need to wait a bit.
Service was horrible
We love everything about Via Vai-the food, the welcoming atmosphere, the wine selection. We go for special occasions or just for a lovely dinner. The pasta is fresh and the serving size is perfect.
Amazing restaurant! Fell in love with the meatballs and the service was outstanding.
On a busy Valentine’s Day the food was very good
I am looking forward to trying it again on a regular night. The food was very good.
Went on Valentine’s Day it was very crowded and they clearly squeezed in extra tables they probable use as outdoor seating. The table was small and like a tv table where you couldn’t put your legs under it because of a bar connecting the table legs. The chairs were also very uncomfortable. I heard the people at the next table complaining about them too. They had a special limited menu for Valentine’s Day but didn’t tell us they were out of gnocchi until we tried to order it. The service was very slow and at one point we were waiting for 5 minutes for cheese. The food itself was good. The experience overall was terrible.
Everything from the service to the food was excellent. The menu was creative and relatively affordable.
Terrible service. Food was OK but took entirely too long to come out. The staff didn’t check in or say anything about why the food was taking so long (almost an hour wait for our entrees). Never again.
The server, Samantha, was terrific -- friendly, helpful and great with recommendations.
We had a very lovely meal and the atmosphere was super cozy and welcoming. The only "issue" we had was we made a reservation for 7:45pm and when we checked in we were told we had to be out by 9pm due to a large party. We ended up rushing to leave, which wasn't fun.
The food was amazing!! It took a pretty long time but was worth the wait
The food was excellent, great atmosphere and the service was very good.
Perfect Italian restaurant. Food, service everything perfect..
Me and my husband we really had a great a time.
Everything was outstanding from the food we had fois gras for apps that was fantastic then duck and branzino and main both perfect executed and very tasty service was very italian and welcoming and the wine was fantastic . See you soon via vai thank you
Branzino was delicious. Great variety on wines. We got a complementary Panna cotta desert that was yummy
Amazing food and very attentive service. Went on a Friday night to celebrate a birthday.
Food was excellent.
I came in here Saturday night with seven of my girlfriends. The food was very good. The service was alright. It seemed like we inconvenience them being there. A little disappointed because we all come from a background in the restaurant business. Location is good, and ambience was good as well.
We went to Via Vai for Thanksgiving dinner. Every item of food was absolutely delicious. I had the meat and cheese platter - outstanding. My wife had the caprese mozz. and prosciutto - also outstanding. My daughter had the calamari - very tender and cooked well. For dinner, my wife had the carrot gnocchi which were delicious and unique, while my daughter had the shrimp ravioli which she enjoyed very much. The portions were large enough to fill us up. The only issue we had was that it pricey, as we spent $270 for our meal.
Food OK. Overpriced for what you actually get
VIA VAI - Astoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (347) 612-4334.
VIA VAI - Astoria is rated 4.7 stars by 136 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.