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VIA VAI - Astoria

4.8
4.8
220 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 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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.

  • 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

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What 220 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Italian

  • Queens

    Best Overall

  • Queens

    Best Food

  • Queens

    Best Service

  • Queens

    Best Ambiance

  • Queens

    Best Value

  • Queens

    Innovative

  • Queens

    Neighborhood gem

  • Queens

    Great for fine wines

  • Queens

    Romantic

  • Queens

    Good for special occasions

  • Queens

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place - great food and service!
  2. KA

    KARENJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had carbonara and dumplings which were both great. We had a nice conversation with the hostess and enjoyed our meal very leisurely. Their wine selection is very large, but the small servings are over priced.
  3. NY

    NYCtraveler

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We both greatly enjoyed our meal at Via Vai last night. The food was excellent - he loved his maiale, a pork filet tenderloin with prosciutto and sage saltimbocca, and I my tonnarelli cacio e pepe. I enjoyed my glass of verdicchio. The place is so comfortable and conducive to conversation, and the hospitality continues to be warm and welcoming. Lucky to have this place in Astoria.
  4. AR

    AlexandraR

    Miami

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing! The tables are pretty close together so you hear the other parties conversations but overall great place with really good food!
  5. l

    lisaa

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the service was terrific. Had pizza pasta and shrimp. It was all delicious
  6. l

    lulu

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fresh and delicious, especially the pasta dishes. Our server was friendly, attentive and helpful.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Even with only one waitress, the service was great. Food was excellent. Get the spaghetti carbonara
  8. G

    Georged

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The two of us enjoyed our dinner at Via Vai. But I want to alert Open Table members to the fact that the current menu is not the one at this site. We were surprised by how few offerings there were--things I was looking forward to ordering based on the menu at OT. Only a few pizze and paste, only 3 salads. Possibly the menu here at OT was the restaurant's pre-pandemic one and, like many places, they cut down their offerings because of supply chain and other issues related to Covid. That said, the food was very good. The evening's special appetizer was fiori di zucca, which was prepared similarly to mozzarella in carozza, with zucchini flowers layered like a sandwich with a mozzarella and anchovy filling. Delicious. My partner enjoyed his salmon tartare with avocado antipasto. I had the bucatini all'amatriciana, one of the classics of Lazio cuisine, and it was very well prepared. My partner's pizza bufalina pizza was excellent; light, perfect dough, good sauce, and first-rate formaggio. I hope Via Vai restores some of the old menu items but we'll be back anyway.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Need to hire more servers. One person can’t do everything
  10. SW

    StephenW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and subtle Italian food. One of the best in town.
  11. KH

    KyleH

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal, the vibe charming, and the staff excellent. A delightful place for a date.
  12. RG

    RonaldG

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We feel that the restaurant has wonderful ambience, superb food, and is priced reasonably well for the quality of the food that is offered.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Morichini never ceases to amaze with amazingly authentic creations. The menu features classics like cacio é Pepe, Amatriciana and Bolognese to delightful standouts like white lamb ragu w asparagus and finished off w truffle oil. Finish the evening off with one of their amazing gelato’s or a silky smooth tiramisu.
  14. S

    Seanie

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time eating here. The food is excellent and Samantha, our waitress, was a pleasure. We’ll be back! 😀
  15. MD

    MichaelD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Highly recommend.
  16. MA

    MARIAM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place it’s phenomenal, the food was excellent, fresh, the service was excellent, I will defiantly go back soon
  17. A

    Aficionado747

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cuisine, courteous and helpful service, pleasant environment, reasonable prices. We will certainly return more than once.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Wedding Anniversary
  19. KW

    KarenW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am never disappointed with Via Vai. The food is excellent, and the staff is attentive and friendly.
  20. MD

    MichaelD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Via Vai is truly a hidden gem. By far, one of my favorite restaurants in Astoria, and quite frankly, in all if NYC. The food is spectacular and the service just as outstanding. Our server, Samantha, was truly amazing.
  21. C

    Cosmo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Heard excellent reports from friends so the expectations were high. Via Vai certainly delivered. We had a table of 6 mid afternoon on Easter. The space is great. The service was wonderful. Attentive with great wine recommendations. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious and we managed to hit a pretty good cross section of the menu for both apps and entrees. We couldn’t stop sharing and spearing from each other’s plates. Can’t even pick out favorites, it was all great!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! Food was delicious and the service was great. It was my first time trying, to celebrate passing the bar exam, and the restaurant was able to accomodate 8 people. Can’t wait to go back!
  23. RJ

    RichardJ

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice cozy place. Really felt like a guest at someone’s home. The Gnocchi were original and really good
  24. SN

    ScottNY64

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time, will not be our last! Food was wonderful, service terrific. Look forward to exploring the menu further.
  25. NY

    NYCtraveler

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely environment, and warm hospitality!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Bad overall.
  27. WG

    WeGoOutALot

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    pleasant staff. , Samantha was extremely gracious & wine knowledgeable. made our night.
  28. K

    Kenneth

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was INCREDIBLE. I mean, seriously! Perfect for an anniversary dinner where the food is prepped starting from the time you ordered for the best possible freshness. Perfecto!
  29. GC

    GruberC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our children & grandchildren for a nice dinner
  30. FH

    FHFoodie

    New York Area

    160 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, presented beautifully, and served up with charm and warmth by the staff. The only criticism would be that the portions were VERY small. I would gladly have paid a little more for each item, if it would have meant receiving more on each plate. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable experience.
  31. KW

    KarenW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always happy with my meal at Via Vai. Lovely atmosphere and delicious food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was phenomenal. Ambiance was great, cute and cozy. Food is excellent, portions are not super big and it is a little pricey but well worth it - I will definitely be back!
  33. NY

    NYCtraveler

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighborhood jewel, with unusually good food, a lovely setting, and great hospitality. The omnivore is crazy about their branzino baked in focaccia, and their spaghetti carbonara. My favorites are their gnocchi and their tonnarelli cacio e pepe.
  34. DC

    DebbieC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, wine, gelato were all delicious. Samantha, our server, was exceptional!
  35. H

    Hello

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Went on valentine's day. Felt packed in like sardines. Felt like i was sitting in a cafeteria tablr and bench next to other guests. I was so close to the next table I could smell the guy's awful breath. I have been here before and it was really great, but for the holiday they overbooked the restaurant and the food quality really suffered.
  36. SA

    ScottA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service are incredible. A wonderful non pretentious restaurant with top tier authentic Italian food.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Service was poor. We were there for about 2 hours and no one ever came over to our table to ask how the food was or if we needed anything. Food took a full hour to come. We sat for about 15 min clearly finished with our food, no one offered to take the plates, or ask if we wanted coffee or desert so we finally just asked for a check to leave. Food was very subpar for the price range. If it was cheaper I would probably have a better opinion. Very disappointing after waiting so long since moving to Astoria to try this place I really had high hopes and aside from the very nice decor and ambiance it was definitely a let down.
  38. MM

    MeganM

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    My husband and I went for pre-Valentines day date night. The food was 10/10. Absolutely delicious.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing all around-food, ambiance, service! The gelato was to die
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The wait was long and food wasn’t the best

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

VIA VAI - Astoria is rated 4.8 stars by 220 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 5 times today
Google Map for VIA VAI - Astoria

31-09 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Astoria

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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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