VIA VAI - Astoria

4.9
165 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.

Indoor and Outdoor Dining Available, weather permitted.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 165 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambience, and service!! Thank you and we will be regulars when we are in town.

JP
JordynP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot! Samantha is the best and always takes such great care of us. The food is absolutely amazing.

DS
vipDavidS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food from beginning to end. Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food!!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best carbonara I’ve ever had!

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YsabellaG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but good things to say. I came here cause I was looking for comparable quality to Italy Since we just got back from stuffing our face in southern Italy. Pasta and sauce is real Italian style and homemade (we ordered bucatini - to die for!) We ordered glasses of barbera which was worth it! Samantha, our server, also tied the whole experience together for us and made it whole. Thank you. We’ll be back for sureeeee!

JL
JanineL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is authentic and delicious! What can be better than homemade pastas! Everything from the appetizers to dessert was outstanding. Love this place!

KW
KarenW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful neighborhood place with delicious food.

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loric
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the bucatini and tiramisu!!! Very fresh, flavorful and a great value.

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vipNYCtraveler
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary quality food. The omnivore again ordered the branzino baked in focaccia, and loved it as much or more than other times. I really enjoyed the cacio e pepe. If I were to request anything different for the future, it would be more options for people who don't eat meat or fish - because we like to go here frequently, and it would be great to have more to try than just cacio e pepe and pizza. Love this place!

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LisaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went for Fathers Day. It was lovely sitting outside. The food was delicious and we liked the wine choices.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and have been coming here since 2016. Will always hold a special place in my heart- it’s where I got engaged💍🎉🥂🍾❣️

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is delicious. It’s a tad expensive, portions are ok, not big nor teeny-tiny. Only thing that made made bit disappointed was they didn’t read the request. We were celebrating an anniversary but it was never acknowledged until I made a remark about it towards the end of dinner.

But what really bothered me was in that same request I mentioned that we did not want alcohol offered since we do not drink! Host brought over wine lost with menus... so clearly no one took the time to see it

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vipGreat
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First timer at Via Vai, and first time dining in Astoria. Didn’t know what to expect. We were lucky enough to have an outside covered table on a beautiful night. Even though we were technically seated in the street, the enclosure completely made us forget!
The wait staff was fantastic and the recommendations were excellent. Everything was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing dinner a Via Vai last night !! It was my first fine dinning there and it will certainly not be my last. The decor and ambience was very European and help set the mood. The food was excellent and very much stood up to what the most recent press has been saying about it. I very much enjoyed the mussels, special gnocchi with octopus, and the wonderful pasta with jaw bone meat. The desserts were very good too! Tiramisu and the pistachio ice cream were both memorable dishes as well. Our server Samantha was just terrific !! I couldn’t tell by her accent what part of Italy she was from, but she sure did know all of the ingredients and preparation of the dishes. Not to mention helped guide us through the wine list which every glass we had was just wonderful. Thank you Samantha and Via Vai!

KW
KarenW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

JC
vipJoeC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a place to go if you want really good food, a nice size portion. I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice service. Nice ambience. I’d recommend it.

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foodisgood
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Felt like being in Rome.

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vipTheger
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were excited to visit but our meal was

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vipcrw2021
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was truly incredible - down to the homemade bread and olive oil. Will definitely be back.

GE
GEM61
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was even better. Wine list excellent and ambiance was amazing. Cannot wait to go back. Went with friends who live in the area who had never been and now also cannot wait to go back. Very varied menu items so much more I want to try.

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maryb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samantha the waitress was wonderful !
Food was great!

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My review was based on sitting outside so that affected the ratings on noise level, service etc.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Really transports you back to Italy the passes are beyond on point. The flavors take me right back to living in Italy again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything a great meal should be. Amazing food. Amazing service and great conversation.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a tradition of dating with husband once a month. So we have chosen this restaurant. And I really enjoyed everything: Chef’s dishes (amazing!), cozy atmosphere, service, vine! Natural food with clear taste! Extremely tasty, juicy and delicious food. Bravo to Chef and his staff! Was happy to meet the Chef and had a short talk!

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vipEric
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian in a cozy neighbourhood spot, definitely worth the visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GC
vipGeriC
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ricardob
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant, from appetizer to main course, we loved everything

AJ
AliJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was DELICIOUS! Wine was so good! Service was amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good drink. Friendly staff. Nice and quiet. Would definitely recommend.

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MeganS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Absolutely adorable! Food was perfect. Authentic Italian food hand made pasta was amazing

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vipEarlA3
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

VIA VIA is a very good restaurant - it's the sort of delightful, delicious establishment that makes living in a city worthwhile!

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Atsa
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

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.

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SRose
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipHowardotheHungry
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A real gem of an Italian restaurant in Astoria. The food is sensational!

FAQs

VIA VAI - Astoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (347) 612-4334.

VIA VAI - Astoria is rated 4.9 stars by 165 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.