VIA VAI

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Stop by anytime for a glass of wine from our curated cellar.

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Since 1959, four generations of the owner's family have called Astoria home. Antonio's wife Cynthia spent her early years with her parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, and brother in a house just a few blocks away from where VIA VAI is today. Antonio and Cynthia met while she was working in Rome, and after starting their family in Italy, they moved back into that same Astoria house with their own small children. Their love of Astoria made it the perfect choice for opening their first restaurant. If you wish to learn more about VIA VAI, feel free to contact us today!


Long before opening VIA VAI, Chef/Owner Antonio Morichini completed culinary school in the Piedmont region of north Italy. Antonio started his career in the seaside town of Chiavari in Liguria, working with the freshest fish and the traditional food of that region. He returned to his native Rome as sous chef and chef de cuisine in renowned Michelin-starred restaurants (Il Convivio Troiani, Glass Hostaria, Acquolina).

Antonio arrived in New York in 2008, and spent several years as executive and corporate chef in various restaurants in Manhattan, Westchester and Brooklyn, and in 2014 opened his own restaurant to express his vision: VIA VAI in Astoria.

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