About VIA VAI
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.
Astoria, NY 11105
Hours of Operation:
Sundays 12:30PM to 10:00PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking and municipal parking lot in very close proximity, are available.
VIA VAI is down the block from the last stop of the N train, Ditmars Blvd.
Bar Dining, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wine
VIA VAI Ratings and Reviews
Small, inviting neighborhood restaurant. Excellent Italian food - traditional dishes plus a few with a modern twist.
I've sat outside both times I've gone, so can't really speak to the atmosphere inside.
A shared salad of kale, apple slices, avocado was not Italian, but the ingredients were fresh and the textures and tastes went together perfectly. I might have added shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano to it for an Italian twist.
The fresh bread and excellent olive oil is a meal in itself!
The Pizza Margherita was to die for. Perfect, crispy, then crust. The freshest toppings.
Risotto with beets, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction was excellent. The risotto was perfectly al dente and the flavors were perfect together.
Both nights, in the beginning of our evening the service was welcoming and attentive. As the evening wore on, we had to constantly look for our waiter and catch his eye. And yet, the restaurant was not at all busy. On one occasion, a friend of the waiter stopped by and they chatted and chatted and chatted, leaving us completely unattended. Not good.
This is our second time here, and loved it just as much as the first. Outstanding cuisine In an adorable restaurant. The service is superb. We were celebrating my mom's birthday and they were super nice. Everybody loved the appetizers, entrees and desert. A real gem in our neighborhood.
We went to Vanentine's Day and had a great meal. Steak was perfectly cooked (needed a little salt - but it was a great cut of meat) Even came with a little entertaining when listening to the table next to us explain what the difference between sparkling water and seltzer was.... Definetly recomend.
Friendly service, overall warm (I.e.: Italian!) vibe, excellent service, delicious authentic food, very welcoming....what more could you want?! Via Vai is a fabulous addition to the neighborhood. I adore Italy, and experiencing Via Vai makes me miss it a little less. Buona Fortuna, Antonio!
We were coming back to NYC and decided to try this place as it was on our way from Laguardia. Wow. The ambiance is exceptional and the food was out of this world. I had the aglio e olio which, despite its simplicity, can be great. Via Vai's aglio e olio was truly special. My daughter had the fetuccine bolognese which, again, can be great. Via Vai's bolognese was outstanding. I can't say enough positive about this place. The service was very good and our server very attentive. A real 10 out 10.
Amateurish service due to well-meaning yet clueless waitress. Our mistake to go with a party of six, more appropriate for two to four, max. It's casual, I get it, but there's no excuse for confusing orders, bringing food out ineptly timed. Waitress didn't ask the right questions, obviously poorly trained or not trained at all. Best dishes were pasta and apps, specials seemed the way to go. Sit near the front, the rear is cramped and dark and the kitchen staff are not discrete. Menu features primi and secondi but apparently they're not accustomed to diners ordering both and expecting that, yes, you want your primi before your secondi! Would go again, nonetheless, the kitchen is promising.
Very nice spot, the food was excelent. The meatball app was to die for, my gf got the spaghetti with marinara and she absolutely loved it. I got the pasta with the lamb ragu which was good as well. The restaurant is very nice and had the coolest ceiling fan I've ever seen. I would def go back. For the price, the place is outstanding. The wine list could use some work though.
I've been to Astoria's new Via Vai a few times since its opening, and every time has been great. The appetizers are the highlight of the menu: the meatballs are excellent, and the caprese is incredibly fresh. For the main course, the home-made tagliolini w/ tomato sauce has been a favorite. The pizza is great; VV's personal thin crust pies stack up favorably compared to other local favorites (LIncontro, Milkflower, Tufino). Considering the high quality of the food, VV is very well priced. The waitstaff is genuinely friendly and can offer insightful menu recommendations (always appreciated at a new place). Although the restaurant is still finding itself in some ways, Via Vai has already established itself as the best Italian in Astoria.
Manager & Waitress were very attentive and helpful! Service was slightly rushed for a Sunday night...
could slow it down just a little bit! Food was outstanding...Calamari, Meatballs, and Pasta dishes were fantastic...
Like being in Rome...prices reasonable for the quality...good value. Primivita wine and Prosecco by the glass-perfect!
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