VIA VAI - Astoria

4.8
138 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.

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
What 138 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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maryb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samantha the waitress was wonderful !
Food was great!

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
1 review
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
1 review
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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
31 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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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.

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vipGeriC
Atlantic City
6 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

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

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

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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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 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
13 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
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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BrookeE
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly the finest authentic Italian cuisine in the 5 boroughs (and anywhere that I’ve been, outside of Italy. Worth the trip to Astoria!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Munich
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love

DD
vipDDean
New York Area
216 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipKris
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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LouD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt and the chef Antonio were fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great,
The wine selection is really good for the bottles and I was very happy with that and my food choices.

LD
LouD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Samantha was a wonderful hostess

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FrancineK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service is awful not sure how they got into Michelin’s rating system that should be re-evaluated

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Annela
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

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
Pleasant environment.

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mcm090304
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was horrible

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Fell in love with the meatballs and the service was outstanding.

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NathalieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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AndC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

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.

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vipQueensEater
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything from the service to the food was excellent. The menu was creative and relatively affordable.

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vipNicoleP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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vipBarryA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server, Samantha, was terrific -- friendly, helpful and great with recommendations.

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vipPPizz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing!! It took a pretty long time but was worth the wait

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, great atmosphere and the service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Italian restaurant. Food, service everything perfect..
Me and my husband we really had a great a time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

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

VIA VAI - Astoria is rated 4.8 stars by 138 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.