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Michelin Guide for New York City, 2021 recommends VIA VAI

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VIA VAI Linea Rustica Savored and Recommended by Florence Fabricant of the New York Times

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Michelin Guide for New York City, 2019 & 2020

Michelin Guide for New York City, 2019 & 2020, recommends VIA VAI for its artisanal Italian cuisine and notable wine list.

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Where To Comfort Yourself With Pasta in New York City

The first few months of the year can sometimes feel like the longest — sandwiched somewhere between the excited energy of the holiday season and a much-anticipated spring. When the days get too dark too quickly and the evening chill has settled, nothing sounds better than a deep bowl of chewy, saucy pasta and a glass of inky, gripping wine. Luckily, there is no shortage of the dish here in New York...

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20 Excellent Astoria Restaurants and Bars to Try

Via Vai is an undersung destination for Italian food in a snug space with rustic furniture. It specializes in housemade pastas like gnocchi and orecchiette and Roman-style thin-crust pizzas that come out of a brick oven. Don’t skip the top-notch meatballs appetizer and tiramisu for dessert. Fourth-generation Astorian, chef-owner Antonio Morichini and his wife, Cynthia, grew up in the neighborhood, and after meeting and starting their family in Italy, returned home to share their riff on Italian cuisine locally...

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Guarding the Sanctity of Italian Food, One Meal at a Time

The SoHo chapter of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina scores VIA VAI among the top Italian restaurants in New York, receiving a score of 8 out of 10, for its authentic Italian cuisine.

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A Roman Chef Reveals His Ravioli Recipe

Chef Antonio Morichini of New York's VIA VAI gives us tips and tricks for making simple ravioli from scratch.

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In praise of pasta all'Amatriciana that unites Italy in times of isolation

The famous dish has recently become a traditional specialty guaranteed. The homage of the starred chef Cristina Bowerman and her recipes for La Stampa readers...

"Thanks to the one whom I consider my pasta master, Antonio Morichini (of the Via Vai restaurant in New York)"
-  The fillings of Amatriciana by Cristina Bowerman

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Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef Antonio Morichini of Via Vai in Astoria

Owner and Executive Chef Antonio Morichini of Via Vai in Astoria Queens is a Roman native who personally makes each dish, including the restaurant's handmade pastas on a daily basis...

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Via Vai One-Of-A-Kind Italian in Astoria

Via Vai is an Italian eatery located on 31–09 23rd Ave, and the Michelin-recognized Italian experience worth crossing the bridge to Astoria. The chef-owner run operation is helmed by Roman native Antonio Morichini, who has crafted and oversees each individual aspect of the restaurant from the dishes to the wine list and even décor with the help of his wife, Cynthia...

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THE ART OF THE SNACK | VIA VAI

This month's The Art of the Snack takes us to Astoria Queens to VIA VAI which is known for their Italian cuisine. We had to find out about a number of their signature dishes, cocktails and more. We sat down with chef and owner, Antonio Morichini to give us the inside scoop...

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VIA VAI Astoria Review: We Have The Best Restaurants in the Country

The last few weeks have been world-changing. Anxiety is a daily emotion. Social distancing is a new phrase we all take seriously. Talk of self quarantining and too many other catchphrases we all wish we never had trending. We can not ignore the adjustments in our lives now and perhaps the future. My commitment to assisting to support the restaurant industry in NYC so all I can do is write and eat. VIA VAI in Astoria extended a tasting through pick up, not sit down eating at this charming restaurant on 23rd Street...

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Who's Got the Best Pizza in Astoria?

Well we all know New York is known for its Pizza. Round the world people hear about the New York slice, and often flock to get a sample of New York’s finest, and Astoria is no exception.

— Ilija Sekulovski, GiveMeAstoria.com (December 7, 2015)

We are pleased to be included in this list of Give Me Astoria's list of best pizza places in Astoria!

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WABC Neighborhood Eats: VIA VAI in Astoria

Watch the clip and print a recipe for Chef Morichini's Linguine al Nero di Seppia con Gamberi, Asparagi, Menta e Pecorino...

— Lauren Glassberg (November 7, 2015)

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Italy by Way of Queens at VIA VAI

After having learned that VIA VAI makes their pasta on the premises daily, we couldn't not order one! Although the Lasagnetta ("mini lasagna") was meatless, the porcini mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, and beschamel...

— The Lunch Belle (November 6, 2015)

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CBS2 Dining Deal: VIA VAI

Diners can enjoy top-quality ingredients in a contemporary presentation of traditional Italian dishes...

— Tony Tantillo (October 15, 2015)

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Exclusive Interview: VIA VAI Executive Chef Owner Antonio Morichini

Growing up my favorite dishes were those that formed part of family events and occurrences. Sunday lunches were my favorite where the entire family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) got together and cooked together (the women of course in those days!). They would prepare incredible meals, gnocchi, lasagna and stewed meat sauce that accompanied my favorite meat dish called Veal Spezetto...

— Loraine Stupakoff, Italia Living (July, 2015)

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Fox NY Good Day Café

Antonio prepares pappardelle agnello for Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly in this clip from April 2015.

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VIA VAI

Located right at the end of the N/Q in Astoria is an amazing Italian joint called VIA VAI (translation: Coming and Going)...

— Johnny Prime Steakhouse Reviews (March 14, 2015)

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VIA VAI, Astoria, NYC

Let me tell you about one of the best new restaurants in Astoria that you probably don't know about...

— Malini Sood Horiuchi, The Restaurant Fairy (February 10, 2015)

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VIA VAI Italian Chef/Owner Brings Michelin Experience to Astoria

Opened in June, the eatery combines Morichini's roots with his high-end training. It's not traditional Italian, but it does honor some of the customary approaches to the cuisine...

Sara Ventiera, Village Voice Blogs/BQeats (February 10, 2015)

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VIA VAI, an Italian Restaurant in Astoria, NY

I really liked VIA VAI: the food was delicious and the atmosphere welcoming. This is the type of neighborhood gem I would like to have close to my apartment, so we can go often and get some great Italian food at reasonable prices. Grazie Chef!

— I Just Want To Eat (January 20, 2015)

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VIA VAI on NY1 News

Two rival Astoria restaurants are putting competition aside and serving up their appreciation for first responders.

— Clodagh McGowan, NY1 (January 17, 2015)

VIA VAI honors the brave men and women of this City who don the uniforms of NYPD and FDNY. Thank you for your contribution and your valor. Please show your server your badge and receive a 10% discount on your meal at VIA VAI.

Da Cerignola a San Francisco E Ritorno

Cristina Bowerman

La Mia Vita da Chef Controcorrente. With great joy I remember the many people with whom I worked side by side and thank them for being close to me, but I have a special place reserved without a doubt for Antonio Morichini...

— By Cristina Bowerman, Chef and Co-Owner of Glass Hostaria (Rome, Italy)

VIA VAI (Review)

VIA VAI means coming and going, where you see and meet friends and others. In Astoria, since last June, it means a place to get together and enjoy one another's company, treating yourself and your companions to the most authentic Italian cuisine this side of the Atlantic in a comfortable setting - and returning again and again...

— Alysia Stern, Long Island Restaurant Examiner (December 10, 2014)

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Simple Ingredients, Big Flavor At VIA VAI in Astoria

Simplicity allows the taste of each ingredient to shine. VIA VAI serves Italian dishes with minimal ingredients in its refined, modern space. But that doesn't mean the restaurant is low on flavor; instead, the simplicity allows the taste of each ingredient to shine. Owner and chef Antonio Morichini, who is originally from Rome, said Italian food is simple and is simply created. Pick a wine...

— The Wall Street Journal Online (September 24, 2014)

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More Pizza in Astoria! ...And a Wine Bar!?

Last Wednesday, we saw the soft opening of Astoria's latest pizza shop. This one though, is just a little different from what we've been seeing lately. And by different we mean so insanely authentically Italian that we started saying Ciao.

— Ilija Sekulovski, GiveMeAstoria.com (June 20, 2014)

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Welcome VIA VAI to 23rd Avenue This Summer

Over the weekend I had the pleasure to meet with the owners of VIA VAI, a new Italian restaurant opening up on 23rd Avenue in what used to be an old Bodega (except they had a big sign displayed for Budweiser and my household would call it the "Budega"). The space had been empty for a while, and we sure are glad to see VIA VAI move in there. They'll be bringing authentic and honest Italian food in a relaxed and sophisticated space. The owners, Antonio Morichini and his wife Cynthia, both have roots in Italy.

— MEGC, WeHeartAstoria.com (May 27, 2014)

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19 Excellent Astoria Restaurants and Bars to Try

We are pleased to be included in the top 5 of Eater New York's list of top-notch places to eat in Astoria!

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