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About Our Contemporary Italian Dishes In Astoria, NY


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Authentic Italian Cuisine in Astoria, NY

VIA VAI offers the best authentic Italian cuisine in Astoria, NY. Founded in 2014, the restaurant serves an array of delicious and freshly prepared plates, from house-made pasta to Roman-style pizzas. Everything is made in the traditional Italian way but with a modern twist courtesy of chef and owner, Antonio Morichini.

Contact us today to learn more about our contemporary Italian dishes. We put our heart into the many dishes we prepare, from our popular brick-oven pizzas to our specialty Italian desserts. At our restaurant, you’ll only find the best Italian food in all of Astoria.


Calling Astoria Home

Since 1959, four generations of Antonio’s family have called Astoria home. In fact, 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 the restaurant is located today.

Antonio and Cynthia met while she was working in Rome. After starting a family in Italy, they returned to that same house in Astoria to raise their children and live the American dream. Their mutual love of the city made it the perfect choice to open their first restaurant together.

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Early Beginnings and Eventual Success

Long before opening his first restaurant, Antonio Morichini completed culinary school in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. He began his career in the seaside town of Chiavari in Liguria, working with the freshest fish and the traditional food of that region. Eventually, he returned to his native Rome as a sous chef and chef de cuisine to work in many renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, including Il Convivio Troiani, Glass Hostaria, and Acquolina.

In 2008, Antonio arrived in New York and spent several years as an executive and corporate chef in various restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Westchester. Finally, in 2014, he opened VIA VAI to express his unique vision of authentic Italian cuisine.

Popular Local Italian Restaurant

Since the day it opened, the restaurant has generated a lot of positive buzz. People from all over the area have flocked to the establishment hoping to try some of Antonio’s highly praised contemporary Italian dishes, from the sizzling-hot, Roman-style pizza to the sweetened desserts, including panna cotta and profiteroles. Both patrons and restaurant critics alike have agreed that Astoria would be lacking in truly authentic Italian cuisine without VIA VAI.

Contact us in Astoria, NY, today to make a reservation.