VIA VAI - Astoria

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113 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 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.

QE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

NP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 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
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 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
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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

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

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

Food was excellent.

MG
1 review
Dined on 30 November 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
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 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.

g
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food OK. Overpriced for what you actually get

KW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 November 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
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truly authentic Italian. Delicious. Great wine list to.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 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
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 28 October 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.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food. Good service. The portions could be a bit larger.

F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing. Food. Amazing. Chef. Antonio. Amazing waiters. Manuel Daniel.

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food at this restaurant was very creative and well done. Menu is a little limited ,but everything we ate was superior to most Italian restaurants. I did feel the glasses of wine were unexpectedly pricey for an Astoria restaurant. However, food good enough to return and recommend to friends.

R
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Look no further, this is the Italian restaurant you have always wanted without the $1,000 tab for a visit to Italy! Flavors you thought you'd never find again are suddenly there in front of you. Pasta's better than your grandmother's and not the ersatz Italian food you find all over NY, but real Italian food. Enjoy it as long as you can because before you know your plate will be empty, and you'll be promising to go back soon.

ND
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have eaten twice here and both meals were excellent. The pastas are exceptional.

A
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every dish...the mozzarella with prosciutto, the pasta dishes, the bread, the wine were all part of a perfect eating experience.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding and seemed very authentic. Service was friendly and helpful. Each dishwe tried was memorable. What else can I say!

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food with very helpful staff. The decor and ambiance are also great. In terms of great Italian food in the neighborhood, this place is definitely on the list.

MB
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, authentic food, amazing wine list, and great service!

MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here on the recommendation of our Airbnb host and we were NOT disappointed! The food was absolutely amazing and our waiter was extremely helpful with recommendations and helping us narrow down our choices.

W
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

You can always expect superb food at Via Vai. While I was hoping to have their one-of-a-kind eggplant parm, I was disappointed to learn the chef was no longer making it. Perhaps this impassioned review will help change his mind. The shrimp dish I had was outstanding, perfectly cooked and the threads of crispy filo put it over the top. The staff is gracious and helpful. It could have been a bit cooler as it was pretty warm. If you have not tried this Astoria gem, do so.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Vai is the best Italian restaurant in NYC.

F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful. Restaurant. And the food is amazing. Service. Great And. Chef. Antonio. Is. Far one of the. Best. I’ve. Seen. From. Italy. Food was. Excellent. ..

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall food was delicious. Service was a bit slow due to the one waiter that was doing everything. Just way to expensive for a trattoria place. You can find cheaper and same quality food all over Astoria. Now I understand why the place is not populated and other places like it are!!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, pleasant and elegant setting, stellar food

w
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was imaginative and absolutely delicious! We had the special --- risotto with scallops, and a lovely panne cotta for dessert. A casual, cozy place. I'd happily go back!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Vai is a great restaurant! We were all debating who had the better meal and they were all so good we could not decide. It is one of my favorite places in Astoria!

F
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta alla gricia was outstanding, and the carrot gnocchi were also great. We loved the light Pinot Noir that was suggested to complement our main dishes, as well as the impepata di cozze we chose as an appetizer. We also loved the feel of the place, and we will be surely back soon.