Some nights call for serious comfort food. We’re talking warm, stick-to-your-ribs meals that leave you feeling happy and satisfied. That’s exactly the kind of dining experience the WHA team was treated to last week on a chilly night at Vite Vinosteria, the charming Italian restaurant and wine bar nestled on 34th Street and 31st Ave. We’re thrilled to share our favorites from the evening with you. Major shoutout to Marielle Solan for all of the stellar photos!
We started with the Polpa Alla Griglia, a potato and green salad served with octopus. All of the WHA women are big fans of octopus, and were chatting about our favorite places in the neighborhood to order it. This dish received two very enthusiastic thumbs up from all of us.
Fancy a Bargain? 6 Upscale NYC Restaurants That Won't Break the Bank for Your Holiday Dinner | spoiled NYC
The holidays are around the corner and a lot of us are checking our bank statements with trepidation.
While we’re all for some holiday festivities and some jolly good times, we find that we end up more in the red, seeing a lot less green.
It’s also one of the most delicious times of year where diets go on hold until they become New Years resolutions.
Unfortunately for those of us on a budget, these indulgences are often pricier than our meager paychecks. We’re not trying to be penny-pinching Scrooges… we’re just trying to ensure our future selves a meal when the holidays are over. Have no fear, New Yorkers, we’re here to offer you some friendly holiday cheer with a list of fine dining restaurants that won’t blow your budget out of Whoville.
This quaint, Italian restaurant is perfect for a trendy Holiday celebration with friends.
At Vite Vinosteria in Queens, you can dine on delicious foods like “Cavatelli di Grano Integrale con Ragu D’Agnello” (or whole wheat shell pasta with lamb ragu) for a mere $14.95.
Like many of you, I’ve been curious about what’s up with 31-05 34th Street—the old Bugatti restaurant, which had a lot of, let’s just say, problems. It closed probably end of last year, and has had a lot of activity going on inside over the past few months. We decided to see what we could find out and I was happy to sit down yesterday with the new owners and have a chat about what’s coming. Bottom line—I’m excited!
The new restaurant will be called Vite Vinosteria. Vite refers to the use of a corkscrew and a vinosteria is a wine bar. It’s going to be run by people who were born and raised in different parts of Italy, and I spoke with two of them, Pinuccio Uras and Carmelo Bennici, who come from Sardinia and Sicily, respectively. Between them they have decades in the restaurant industry, primarily with Cipriani, so they really know what they are doing when it comes to running a restaurant.
On Monday night we checked out Vite Vinosteria on its first day open to the public—this is the new Italian wine bar that has opened up in the old Bugatti space on 34th Street near 31st Avenue. This is an amazing food intersection in Astoria, full of high-caliber restaurants and bars, and we think Vite more than fits in. It’s a nice, relaxed space that serves some seriously delicious food and drink.
We were the first ones there and had our pick of seats. We ended up sitting in the main dining room. There’s also a raised area in the north part of the dining room.
July 14, By Michael Florio
Two long-serving Cipriani employees have opened a restaurant of their own in Astoria.
VITE Vinosteria, a new Italian restaurant and wine bar located at 31-05 34th Street, opened last week and is offering home-style dishes as well as wine imported from Italy at affordable prices.
The menu consists of many freshly made Italian dishes. Both the whole wheat pasta, and handmade ravioli with ricotta cheese and olives will be made from scratch on location, according to co-owner Dino Uras, who was the general manager at Cipriani for the past 12 years.
Vite Vinosteria has been open for just three months now, but it has quickly become one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Astoria.
We stopped by Vite on a rainy night, and were eager to step inside. The first thing you notice at Vite is that it’s not very large – but the perfect word to describe it is intimate. It’s comforting and home-y.
The second thing you notice is that it’s really Italian. You’re greeted with a boastful Buonasera (good evening) and led to your seat.
The Italian doesn’t end there – throughout the night our waiter made it a point to stay “in character” and wish us a good meal in Italian, as well as offer his thanks and welcomes in the language. While some might find it heavy-handed, we thought it was a great way to keep the authentic vibe, and it never felt forced – more like we were sitting in the kitchen of a long-time Italian friend.