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Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria

1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
(805) 565-9393
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Ranked #141 of 442 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Santa Barbara, CA
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a casual Italian restaurant with a cozy interior and nice patio. The food is authentic and the pizza is thin crust and absolutely delicious. The problem with this restaurant is usually the waiter. If you go between 6:30 and 7:30 and are not a regular, do not expect good service...mostly you will be ignored. After 7:30 most of... More

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Santa Barbara
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I've been going to Via Vai for many years. The quality is always top-notch, both dine-in and take-out. I don't know how it is so good, but their parmesan cheese is the best I've ever had. Add it to their amazing Italian-thin pizzas with fresh ingredients and perfectly cooked pastas and you have the purrfect Italian meal. I usually split... More

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

After a hard day, this is a terrific place to enjoy authentic Italian pizza....or other Italian foods... with good wine and beer. Friendly staff and cozy atmosphere.

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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is one busy restaurant with waiting staff coming and going in all direction. This is a favourite restaurant of our friends who live in the area. We ordered the Cotto E Funghi (mushroom & ham) pizza and it was good. The pizza crust was thin as a cracker. I don't think I've ever had a pizza crust this thin.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is a well-known local Italian restaurant, cheap by Santa Barbara standards and serving wholesome Italian staples. What's not to like? Food-wise, not much, it all works. But the restaurant and outside tables are both freezing cold in winter and the service is chaotic and pretty hit and miss. It's always busy so I can't even suggest going when it's... More

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Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

We discover this restaurant on our way to Montecito, the pizza is amazing, the salat even better, And the ho use vine........ Maje You feel You are in Italia..........

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Via Vai, which is the sister restaurant to Pane e Vino, has great food, although the risotto is not as good as Pane e Vino. On the other hand their grilled vegetables are grilled for you and haven't been sitting limply around waiting for you. Their pizza is terrific and so are their daily specials. The outdoor area is very... More

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Sydney, Australia
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141 reviews 141 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The pizza we had was excellent as was the salad and the bread served before our meal. Being Halloween the place was busy and the service a little slow. Outside has heaters so it doesn't get too cold.

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Carmel Valley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The food was excellent for the most part. The calamari were not deep fried long enough to have a deep color and so arrived looking anemic, but they tasted ok. The roast chicken was done to perfection and served with fresh vegetables. My partner wanted an Alfredo, which was not on the menu, but they were happy to accommodate him.... More

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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and I stopped in for a light snack. (we had been caught in traffic for over 2 hours). The staff greeted us warmly, told us to choose wherever we wished to be seated. Bread came immediately and the server brought the wine soon after. Oil is slightly flavored with garlic. We ordered a frittata with spinach and mushrooms.... More

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