VIA VAI - Astoria

4.4
131 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 131 people are saying
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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
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

EA
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.

HH
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!

BE
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!!!

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

Love love love

DD
vipDDean
New York Area
214 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.

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

Matt and the chef Antonio were fantastic

OT
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

FK
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
8 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was horrible

OT
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.

OT
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.

NS
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.

AC
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.

NP
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.

BA
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.

OT
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

OT
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.

OT
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.

OT
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

RS
RSNYC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Branzino was delicious. Great variety on wines. We got a complementary Panna cotta desert that was yummy

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and very attentive service. Went on a Friday night to celebrate a birthday.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent.

MG
MelanieG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

JC
JoeC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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glenng
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food OK. Overpriced for what you actually get

KW
vipKarenW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food, as usual, was delicious. The only slight issue was that we were kind of squeezed as we were three people on two tables and that made it a bit uncomfortable. Otherwise, the warmth and friendliness of the Chef/Owner, Antonio, and the staff was wonderful.

LE
vipLauraE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truly authentic Italian. Delicious. Great wine list to.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers, main course, desert and drinks were amazing. And for children my son loved the personal pizza so much we had to order two.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very delicious meal. I ordered the cacio e pepe, which was as good as any I've had in Rome.

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vipAnto
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It was understaffed tonight. Our waiter stopped in the middle of taking our order to seat 2 parties that walked in. It took an hour and 10 min after taking our order for our entrees to come out. And then to add insult to injury we were charged 20% gratuity for a party of 5.

FAQs

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

VIA VAI - Astoria is rated 4.4 stars by 131 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.