Via Italia Restaurant

4.4
101 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Comfort Food
An Italian restaurant located near Time Square.
What 101 People Are Saying
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New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I did not like the ravioli pomodoro at all. Sauce was similar to Chef BorRdee. Husband enjoyed the chicken piccata.

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P
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

There are PLENTY of places to find good Italian food in NYC, however, a true dining experience should offer more than just the food. Via Italia certainly does. To begin with, Mario, who has owned and watched over his patrons for 35 years now is a master host. It's like being invited over for dinner by a friend who imply enjoys pleasing his guests. Ever the gracious host--he stepped out to a nearby market to get me non-alcoholic beer (which he doesn't have on hand) . When I thanked him and told him that wasn't necessary, he simply responded with, "Of course I do it, you are my guest."There were five in our party--my wife, two adult daughters and our 8 year old granddaughter--and everyone received the same warm treatment from a man who works to please people. The food--a special burada with amazing marinara sauce and grilled shrimp for starters, followed by a delicious flounder special, tasty seafood risotto, and shrimp fra diavlo were all perfectly prepared, served hot from the kitchen (by Mario, of course) and delicious. When he found out we were celebrating my birthday (70th), Mario surprised the table with the BEST tiramisu we've ever tasted (and we've tasted our share everywhere). This is the place to come in NYC if you want the REAL THING-- real Italian food and real Italian hospitality with an owner (he's also a Cordon Bleu Chef) who really cares.

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S
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Rude staff and the food was overly priced! Absolute dump!!

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AR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice setting, prompt seating and service. Good food, large portions. Convenient to Times Square and the theater district but away from the crowds.

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S
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We had a reservation, arrived 10 minutes early on a Friday night and they told us they were closing!!?

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I haven't been to Via Italia in about 10 years (went there last when I worked midtown) and while I was looking for a restaurant post Broadway matinee, I thought of Via Italia and was happy to see it was still in its current location. I loved the food then and I loved it now. The restaurant was quiet, the food was wonderful and will definitely be back again.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was recommended by a friend for my wife's an my 40th anniversary. We wanted to get some dessert but the food was SO good and such a large portion we were too full. One thing is for sure, when we return to New York Via Italia will always be at the top of our list of places to eat!

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Italian food ! Tito is awesome . Everything that we ordered was excellent and rhe portions were a nice size .

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I highly recommend Via Italia! The staff are attentive and kind; you feel both respected and like family the moment you walk in. The ambiance is fantastic, and the food is wonderful; it's the perfect spot for a quiet conversation over a great meal, with Italian hospitality at its finest.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wait staff was exceptional and the food - off the menu and the specials --> delicious. (Loved the bread too!)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I made a reservation, it was confirmed, got there and not only did the owner not allow me in, but he was extremely rude.

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T
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We, 6 of us gorgeous goddesses, had the most amazing time.
The service was impeccable with their attention to us and their warmth and hospitality.
My veal piccata was perfectly cooked, delicious and pounded incredibly thin.
My only request is for the lighting to dim for better ambience.

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a
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

An excellent choice for midtown with very good food and reasonable prices.

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cordial and attentive service, convenient location, delicious Italian favorites at reasonable price. I'd return again.

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RB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I had a date there on Saturday night, we had fresh mozzarella salad appetizer, chicken & sole pan fried, with homemade parts Alfredo. The food was great! Only thing was they could dim the lights & have some music to make more romantic. But overall very good.

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RH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

If your looking for a family run Italian restaurant then Via Italia is for you! The entrée prices were reasonable and the menu selection was good. The staff was extremely attentive. The restaurant was located a few blocks from 30 Rock.

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c
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been eating at Via Italia for nearly twenty years, starting when our two kids were in middle school. This time, it had been more than four years since we've been back. Mario and his team remember our faces and make us feel like family.
The food here is delicious and made in house. The menu changes frequently so that everything is fresh. We have never been disappointed in anything we've ever ordered here.
The people who work at Via Italia will keep you coming back, and we will come back every time!

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing time food was amazingly delicious service was impeccable. Alfonso was our server and the best service I ever received made me feel at home and he's an great bartender too. Alfonso was very attentive to all or needs and was very happy to help as I had gone with my family from Ukraine. Must say service was impeccable and quality of food and service was fantastic. My hats of to you guys. Great restaurant. My new favourite restaurant. 10 stars if I could must check this restaurant out. Can't say enough about our wonderful evening and experience there. AMAZING!

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DC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went to New York to see our son and had a nice quiet dinner. The service was excellent and two of us really liked our meals. The spaghetti wasn't near the best I have had but the portions for all of us were generous. All in all it was a nice quiet setting and were glad we chose this place.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We sat there for 25 minutes whiteout being acknowledged. We were not even offered a menu, water or anything.
Walked out and they did not even noticed!

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, felt sorry for the guys since only two of the guys showed up for work. But they managed very well

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I dined at Via Italia during the holidays. The service was very poor. We waited 45 minutes to get the check after requesting it. Additionally, our table went long periods without beverages. We were not well taken care of. I will not be dining here again.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meal and service were absolutely spectacular!
OpenTable somehow overbooked this restaurant because when our party of 8 arrived, the proprietor said that he's been booked for weeks. He was incredibly gracious and said he would find a way to accommodate us. He unfortunately had to turn away several others that had confirmed same day reservations as well. I'd call to confirm your opentable reservation.

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I’m not sure how they are on Open Table, we made a reservation and show up and we’re told they only use open table as a second option for reservation. If you call them direct your first on the list and open table isn’t a guarantee. We along with 8 other groups of people who used open table were turned away because our reservation didn’t actually have a reserve a table for us.

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P
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We wanted to eat around Times Square so chose this restaurant. We got there quite a bit early but they were very gracious about seating us.
Our dinners were mediocre and did not taste homemade. We never saw our waiter after our dinner was served. We were never offered grated cheese although we saw other tables getting some. We were never asked if we wanted refills on drinks. We asked for additional bread because it was so good. Never got that. The prices were quite high for the quantity and quality. We would not go back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good food but prices are higher than advertised online.

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DR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious. Bread served with meal. Easy to find.

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GL
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

the food was terrific we both had the veal parm and it was extremely tender. only it was too much to eat. our waiter was MIA the whole meal
my wife asked for capellini but the waiter told her only spaghetti or penne as a side. when he left after taking the order, we called over who was either the manger or the owner and asked why she cant have the capellini. he said no problem. i will tell the waiter to change. after he told our waiter he became very distant to us and even ignore us for the entire rest of the meal. it was served and attended by other individuals. in over 50 years of dining out i never had this happen. is this all because she wanted a different side? with this i would not take exception to return, for the food was excellent and fair price

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BF
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem. Great drinks and food. Great atmosphere as well. Go here!

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Its our favorite Italian restaurant in Manhattan. We have been there with family and friends and they concur.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and staff were great.!

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W
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

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KH
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Sorry, the level of cocking was very poor, none professional.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We visited once before and all was very good. This second time though we thought the Lasagne was a bit dry. BUT this maybe how true Italians like theirs whereas we prefer it less dry.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely authentic Italian, great service and fantastic tasting food just what we were looking for. Servings were generous and not overpriced.
Would recommend to anyone in the area.
Lamb chops were amazing 😋

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k
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our first time here & we thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was good & the manager or owner (not sure which) was very friendly and made us feel at home. The gnocchi was very good. My only recommendation is that they needed to serve olive oil with their delicious bread instead of just butter.

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A
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible decision to come to work his place! Very tasteless parmigiana and fish smelled bad my wife didn’t even eat it, pour customer service from the manager!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious gnocchi and manicotti, excellent service and relaxed atmosphere

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PS
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Just a terrific little joint

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DP
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very quiet on a Sunday afternoon and we had a great meal and experience.

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