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.
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