Casta Diva
Casta Diva

Casta Diva

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.castadivabyob.com/
  • Phone: (215) 496-9677
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Vassalluzzo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant directly to discuss and schedule.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephen Vassalluzzo 2154969677

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust
  • Public Transit: Bus 17 stops at 20th & Locust.
    Buses 9, 12, 21, 42 stop at 20th & Walnut.
  • Parking: No
A word from Casta Diva
Located just steps away from the Rittenhouse Square Park, Caffe Casta Diva brings to the table simple yet perfectly executed authentic Italian dishes, always using the finest locally and seasonally available ingredients. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to this elegant and sophisticated tratoria and enjoy beautifully prepared seafood and meat dishes, as well as pasta, desserts and bread made in the house. One of the "best kept secrets in Philadelphia" according to the Zagat review.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Casta Diva reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (53)romantic (27)special occasion (22)good for groups (6)hot spot (3)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • In Praise of an Unheralded Gem
    CousinJimmyVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    An excellent and always reliable BYO. Menu is straightforward but perfectly executed. Inexplicably seems to stay under the radar despite years of superb Italian food. Its quieter and more romantic ambience and very pleasant staff make this a less noisy and harried experience than weekend evenings at other CC BYOs. A great slightly unheralded BYO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely, small restaurant;
    Yoli
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    Lovely, small restaurant; a little pricey but excellent food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2012
    This was just a gem and made our night in Philadelphia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food was mostly of high quality.
    tmaxVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    Food was mostly of high quality. Some items were not as impressive and did not justify the price charged. BYO is a great plus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was very good
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    The service was very good as well as the food was excellent in taste and appearance. We were lucky to have a table in the back so we could talk since the tables are very close together. However, that is the only thing and that it is cash only... but the food, the service are worth it. sandy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rustic and elegant w/great menu
    PolskamodelVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Four of us dined at Casta Diva BYOB on a Saturday in January. We really loved the food. The portions were generous without being overkill. I thought the most impressive part was the amount of protein and selection of proteins served with the pasta entrees. There was beef, boar ragu, and pork ragu options with the pastas. It was a rustic and elegant dining experience, which is not easily found these days. It was very crowded, but we did not feel rushed and service was efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good in the best sense,
    Phil
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Very good in the best sense, a comfortable BYOB with very good food, warm ambience, the opportunity to bump into neighbors and friends, and an all around pleasure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I felt that each item had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    I felt that each item had been carefully prepared to meet and exceed each of my parties individual expectations. Attentive, but not intrusive staff. A fantastic local place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fine dining where the portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    Fine dining where the portions are just right. The service from the staff is both friendly and professional. Casta Diva has that inviting ambiance that makes a diner comfortable and willing to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The pastas were terrific,
    MichaelFVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2011
    The pastas were terrific, and the waitstaff was perfect -- attentive and pleasant but not obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Casta Diva is our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    Casta Diva is our favorite BYOB in all of Philadelphia The food is excellent and the service is equally good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful neighborhood experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    Wonderful neighborhood experience. Terrific food,quieter ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everytime I come here I am
    LawrenceVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    Everytime I come here I am delighted with the place. I always recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to Casta Diva expecting
    wantsitallVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2011
    We went to Casta Diva expecting a wonderful meal as it got a 26 point rating in Zagat. It was fine, food was prepared well, but it wasn't tasty. Two people loved their salads, crunchy and fresh. My mussels were boring; partner's calamari was pitifully boring. Two pastas , fine but bland. Pork chop was nothing special and it was the special. We won't return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ....another one of our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    ....another one of our favorite places in center city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, cash BYOB. Servers
    VegetarianVIP
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    Great food, cash BYOB. Servers are good--but could use a more continental flair to match the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very attentive, well informed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2011
    Very attentive, well informed service staff and delicious meal prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients; chef/owner Steve also made the rounds in the dining room to thank diners for their patronage -- a nice touch!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Cash only BYO near Rittenhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    A Cash only BYO near Rittenhouse that's quiet with GREAT FOOD and attentive service- what could be better?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a wonderful time. Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2011
    Had a wonderful time. Everything was incredible. The service was outstanding. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre show place. Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2011
    Great pre show place. Very accomodating to a large group (7 in the party). The service was attentive without being intrusive
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had been many times before
    CCresieVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    We had been many times before and had good meals This time disappointing
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • To avoid the crowd, we went
    glbltvlrVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    To avoid the crowd, we went for an early dinner (5:30pm) so it was quiet and the service was good. We liked everything we ordered, roast beet salad, fish and pasta with meat sauce, and desert. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Casta Diva has great food.
    VegetarianVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2011
    Casta Diva has great food. On this occasion, I had a pumpkin risotto with scallops. (It was nice to get a seasonal vege, I've never understood why restaurants seem to think they should serve asparagus and sugar-snap peas year around.) Casta Diva has long had the best scallops in the city--these were no exception. We had concert tickets and told them so when we arrived. They did a marvelous job pacing our dinner so that it was leisurely and we still had plenty of time to get to the Kimmel. Perfect everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid Italian food but nothing
    Lorenzo
    Dined on 11/3/2011
    Solid Italian food but nothing special. Worthwhile because it's BYO.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have been there several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    I have been there several times and have always had a great meal with great service. Always a great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband, son, and I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    My husband, son, and I had a wonderful time at Casta Diva! Every dish was nicely presented and delicious - each with its own distinctive flavor. Service was attentive without being intrusive. We rated the food up with Babbo in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2011
    We really wanted this to be a great dinning experience because we live in the neighborhood. The food was great but the service was unwelcoming. I would not recommend this restaurant becouse of it. There are too many places like this to dine at not to have good service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food, BYOB, cash
    VegetarianVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2011
    Fabulous food, BYOB, cash only. Dishes not to miss include wild boar pappardelle, seafood risotto, and the artichoke appetizer. A recent special of pork loin got a "best pork I've ever eaten" comment. Service is intentionally leisurely. If you have 8 PM theatre tickets, make a reservation for 5:45.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant has great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2011
    This restaurant has great reviews from friends and Zagat but we did not have a great experience. It was way too busy and crowded to have just 1 server and 2 bus people. No ambiance at all. There are much better Italian places in the city.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant is a hidden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2011
    This restaurant is a hidden gem, great food prepared to perfection. It calls itself an Italian restaurant, but the menu is actually continental. One of my party had a steak, it was better than most steak houses. I had a wonderful pork tenderloin that any french restaurant would be proud to serve. Naturally, the Italian food, i.e. the pasta, is home made and wonderful. I will go back many many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    food was excellent as always -- all four diners enjoyed each course -- nice glasses for red wines -- service attentive but not overbearing -- hostess remembered my name
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casta Diva is an outstanding
    ChubbyBubbyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2011
    Casta Diva is an outstanding dining experience. There is no greater veal chop in the city. The homemade pasta is perfect and the flourless chocolate cake is to die for! We cannot wait to go back. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2011
    This is one of the few Italian places that make their own pasta...food is very good, however on this recent trip the service was terrible. The restaurant was not crowded and yet it took us at least 10 minutes to be seated, and then the same amount of time for someone to even open our wine and bring us menus. It didn't seem like they were understaffed but everything took too long throughout the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When we entered to find that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2011
    When we entered to find that the restaurant is both a BYO and cash-only, we were stymied. We ended up walking separately in different directions for a number of blocks (the Wawa ATM wasn't working). Open Table lists the BYO, which I missed, but not the cash only. That information should be provided. I thought we'd get a sympathetic "Oh dear, so sorry" from the restaurant, but the waitress just walked away. Later, when we complimented the food, again there was no response. It wasn't the best experience but it wouldn't have taken much to make it better. More training needed for the wait staff. These comments are for Open Table and the restaurant, but there isn't enough space in section 4.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great spot. I hope
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    This is a great spot. I hope it retains it's current atmosphere. It is small and cozy without being noisy. It's relaxing. The appetizers and main course and desserts were creative, well prepared and were delicious. The waitresses were very pleasant and helpful in recommending entrees - service was excellent. Everything is fresh and made to order. We did not feel rushed or hassled. We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary with very good friends who were celebrating their 40th. Second time at Casta Diva with similar results.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service was excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Food and service was excellent! Truly a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A small venue that you would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2011
    A small venue that you would miss if you weren't looking for it. However, it is well worth the discovery. A small staff provides excellent service. The menu offerings are nicely priced and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Caffe Casta Diva has been
    OctoberdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2011
    Caffe Casta Diva has been one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants for a long time. This last visit, however, the food was definitely sub-par. Between my husband and me, we sampled 5 different items -- none were bad, but none were notable. All seemed rather pedestrian, which is not what we expect from this former "gem." Not sure if this was an "off" night, or if there has been a change in the kitchen. We will reserve judgement, pending our next meal there.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been dining regulary
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    We have been dining regulary at Casta Diva for many years. We have never been disappointed. The quality of the food is excellent and consistent. Steve has the best veal chop in the city and his steaks are better than any steakhouses. The service is very good, a small staff that is friendly and makes you feel comfortable and welcome. There is aways a special or something new on the menu worth trying. We will keep returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't be going back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2011
    It was a very disappointing meal made even more so by the fact that I had enjoyed several very good meals there in the past. So much so, that we opted to go to a different nearby restaurant to enjoy a fabulous dessert rather than chance yet another disappointing course.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate