Le Virtu

Le Virtu

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.levirtu.com/
  • Phone: (215) 271-5626
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Cicala
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Phone inquiries only.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Juniper & Mifflin
  • Public Transit: Snyder Ave. stop on SEPTA/Broad Street subway.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings; street and nearby lot parking the remainder of the week.
A word from Le Virtu
The inspiration for Le Virtù (The Virtues) comes from our experiences at the tables of family, friends and farm restaurants all over Abruzzo. Each dish is rooted in or inspired by Abruzzese culinary tradition, ingredients or philosophy. We serve the cuisine of the shepherds, farmers and fishermen of Italy"s wildest, most unspoiled region. We source all we can from the surrounding "terra": naturally raised pork from Berks County; lamb, chicken and rabbit from Lancaster County; New Jersey and Pennsylvania produce. What we can't find locally, we import from Abruzzo: artisanal honey and cheeses (some of the rarest in America); L'Aquila saffron; dried pastas; even the flour we use to make our fresh pasta. We are one of few restaurants in America so dedicated to the culinary traditions of a specific region of Italy and one of the country's most authentic Italian dining experiences.
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Le Virtu reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (105)neighborhood gem (92)great for outdoor dining (79)special occasion (60)romantic (51)notable wine list (41)good for groups (26)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • pasta
    Susan
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here and were delighted with our choice. We enjoyed the wild boar ragu from the specials menu and the butternut squash ravioli. Highly recommend both of these dishes as the flavors were amazing and the pasta was prepared to perfection.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - But Yawn Fest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Lacking in atmosphere. Waiter was stoic, non-engaging. Heard no music. Food was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Abbruzzo e Le Virtu Forte e Gentile
    Dinealot
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Le Virtu was certainly worth the hassle of driving into South Philly on a Friday night. The weekend Valet parking is great with courteous friendly service. I loved the ambiance & warm cozy feel of the Restuarant with little touches of my Abbruzze culture all around. Great outdoor space too for the warmer weather. The food was outstanding especially La Trippa (Tripe) and Porchetta. The gnocchi with wild boar ragu was good too but a tad salty for me. The wine selection was very good as well. The one disappointment for me were the desserts. The crostata & chocolate cake with chestnuts in my opinion were not worth the calories or the cost. I definitely recommend this place and I can't wait to go back & try other dishes!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The $11 and $12 salads were quite ordinary; the roasted chicken and roasted rabbit were good. The chocolate cake was a bizarre concoction that is difficult to describe, just like a previous dessert there. I can think of a handful of Italian restaurants that are much better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • robertfried
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My second time here and both have been wonderful. Pasta dishes are amazing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    With tip--$534for 4 --food was good but too expensive.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sophiabella
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I have eaten here before and liked the food, etc. but Sunday nights diner was over the top great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    KenNVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Recommended by LeBan as Best Italian in Philadelphia. That was not our experience. Requested "quiet table" and were seated behind hostess stand at a passageway. App special of pork terrine with pickled vegetables: Three or four small pieces of port embedded in fat, in a single thin slice. Vegetables felt and tasted like they'd been soaked in water. For $18, expected more! Two pasta entrees lived up to the reputation, both quite good. Beignet dessert (not zeppoli in an Italian restaurant) were overcooked. Gelato with them was so icy it resembled ice milk.
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  • Myopinion
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Can not beat Vitru for a special dinner - food and service was fantastic!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We have dined at La Virtue many times and it is always quite good and we are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greatness in simplicity!
    CrustyCurmudgeonVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Ahh - house made, hand pulled maccheroni, cooked simply with oil, served with a basket of dried hot (that's HOT!) peppers & a scissors to cut them! Amazing sausages on a spicy ceci bean purée, delicious rabbit, seafood stew - it just keeps on coming, with each dish more wonderful than the last. I love their N'duja, so I had an order as a palate cleanser. Great service, quiet enough to converse if you pay a little extra attention, special wines (we had Ramitello - a delicious & smooth montepulciano/aglianico blend), enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff - and prompt seating for our reservation despite a waiting crowd. All in our party left ecstatic, full, & looking forward to the next time. Yes, it's difficult to be simple!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great "go to" place
    OCguy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I absolutely love this place. Valet parking on the weekend, and a great up scaled crowd. Waitstaff is polite and extremely friendly. Nice little bar for a post dinner drink. Highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great food...very fresh. Great service. Nice ambiance.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting Better All the Time
    DelightedVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Superlative food, creative and brimming with fresh ingredients. The red trout in a red wine reduction was flawless. This is a restaurant where they greet you with enthusiasm. Bread is replenished, water glasses are filled, food is served in a timely fashion without flourish but properly. This is just a class place with outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Virtu - Disappointing
    AFK1
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After hearing for years about how good Le Virtu is we were very disappointed. The wine, first course (peasant meatballs), pasta course, and service were all great. The main course and dessert were very disappointing. This dinner was to celebrate a birthday and we are OK with spending money on a special meal for that but to spend 250+ dollars and be disappointed in the quality of the meal is enough to make us decide we would probably not return. We have spent that amount of money at other places that we would go back to. Maybe opening the new restaurant has lessened the quality here?
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    BYOBforMe
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Outstanding homemade Italian meals, service, and perfect ambience for small group. Will go back for sure
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    broker
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday. Food and service were excellent. The restaurant lives up to it's Phila Magazine top 50 ranking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    everything was wonderful..i had a green tomato tart the last time I was here..any way I could get that recipe..also had a blueberry tart at another restaurant on walnut street..it was fabulous...the baker is really fabulous...last time we had pistachio pesto pasta..also wonderful. Am anxious to try the new restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good food
    Tricia
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overall I had a good experience at Le Virtu. The food was excellent. The service was good but we had to wait 15 minutes for our reservation despite the fact that a few tables were empty. Still, I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best of the best
    DebbVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our friends were in awe The food amazing I ate things that wee new for me The waitperson professional and knowledgeable We all loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet dining
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I found the food to definitely be superior in quality, creativity and presentation. The chef has a great knack for insightful creations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pasta in Philly
    peaches
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One word - splendid.splendid. splendid.splendid. splendid.splendid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the most delicious food
    ashndon
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went to Philadelphia for a weekend and looked up a list of philadelphia's best restaurants. Le Virtu was one the list. Such great food. I just wanted to drink the gravy tge chicken came in. Dont remember dish names unfortunately but everything was cooked to perfection and tender and delicious. Going back for certain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant place to be
    EyeBVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Nice surroundings, very good service, food enjoyable but too salty(altho less so than previously). Descriptions of the dishes sometimes better than the taste. Pasta with pistachio pesto was very good while pasta with mussels was not especially interesting. Desserts were good except the semifreddo, which was hard and tasted old. In other words, inconsistent, which is disappointing, especially at this price point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • peaches
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary with friends - had a delicious dinner and wonderful service. We ate outside and felt like we were in Italy. It was a lovely evening!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic, precise and delicious!
    juliocasoyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Le Virtu would be a great restaurant to find in Abruzzo. We are lucky to have it in Philadelphia. Ingredients, raw materials, spices, meats of the highest quality transformed in delicious plates by a chef and kitchen staff with great sense of aesthetics. Each plate provides a combination of flavor, aroma and visual attractiveness. The waiters and staff are professional, helpful and friendly. Good food, good wine and nice smiles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth it!
    McKay
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Amazing house made pasta! Best I've had since Italy, and I eat a lot of Italian food. Truly authentic dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • centercitygalVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We have never been disappointed here. The food is creative, interesting and delicious. We are regulars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We have been meaning to come here for some time. Finally had dinner here last Sunday...everything was delicious and quite memorable. We especially loved the green tomato croustade.... cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Awesome dinner. Menu is set up in such a way as they dine IN ABBRUZZI! 4 courses...and dessert, if you can fit it in. Authentic, every dish is done perfectly, as it is ordered. Everything served hot, so it's obvious that the dishes are not left "waiting" for a "pick up' by staff. Wine list is interesting, wait staff helpful. ONE of THE nicest resturants in Philly. Don't get "cheap", just sit back, order & enjoy. IT's worth every penny. Truly, an experience, not just a "dinner out".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Farm to Table
    pcola
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Le Virtu is an extraordinary dining experience. It outshines the restaurant scene in Boston's Little Italy. It can stand a test with the best in San Francisco. Katerie, our server, was knowledgeable and quietly attentive. She knows the menu and wine list forward and back. The spreadable Calabrese salame was amazing. Abruzzo's cuisine is excellent at Le Virtu. When I return to Philadelphia, I will dine again at Le Virtu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical menu
    anastasia
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Menu changes and has not your ordinary Italian dishes. I has macaroni with pistachio pesto. It was fantastic. People in my party had duck ravioli, trout and handkerchief pasta with lamb. The burrata and tomato salad appetizer was the best I've ever had. Dessert was marscapone gelato over a bluberry torte. Service was excellent. Two teenage boys were part of our party of six and they left nothing on their plates. They have outdoor seating in a decent sized courtyard for South Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Pleasant experience, food was good and service appropriate.
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    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great calamari!
    HungryTravellerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The restaurant has a great outdoor space and the service was very attentive. We tried several appetizers including the clamari and the lamb skewers. Both were outstanding. I had the rabbit, it was a little dry but very tasty. The quail special was delicious. Would recommend the beignets for dessert. Prices were high versus comparable food quality we've enjoyed elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Il cibo di abruzzo! Fantastico!
    CrustyCurmudgeonVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Le Virtu never fails to delight, with food that's different from any other place in Philly (& the rest of the country, with very few exceptions). Everything from planning & preparation to plating & serving to eating and enjoying is genuine & authentic Italian, focused on the delights of Abruzzo with nods to other regions, e.g. N'duja is Calabrian in origin (& this one is just wonderful). We also had maccheroni alla mugnaia (thick, delicious long-strand pasta with VERY hot dried peppers, garlic & olive oil), burrata, an excellent salad, & brodetto Casalese (seafood stew with couscous). We scored another great wine find too: cagnulari (a rare Sardinian grape making a lighter bodied red with bright but very dry fruit & modest tannins). Viva!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Ok
    buck
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great menu but the food was mildly disappointing. I had the lamb skewers which were fattier than expected. I hate chewey fat. However, the pasta with sausage and truffles(?)was delicious. Our waiter was helpful and nice but his breath was aweful. Could smell it 3 feet away. I could see why people love this place but I had a bit of an off experience.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BaffoVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Authentic Italian food always matched with appropriate wine. The pasta is supreme.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the Restaurant
    Carmel2963
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The restaurant had a lovely mural in the garden dining area that had elements from the remote area of Italy where the owners family was from and featured food from that region. The pasta with truffles was outstanding. The wines were some of the best we had in years and we're from California.the owner was very friendly and the waiter anticipated our every need
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Incredibly Good!
    FableFact
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was our second dinner at Le Virtu and once again everything was absolutely delicious -- delicate and divine -- from the calamari salad appetizer to the polenta cake for dessert. Awesome! This is now our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    JustCurious
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our server was amazing...professional, personable and incredibly knowledgeable, providing us with detailed explanations of ingredients, preparation techniques and food/wine pairings. His wine recommendation was perfect, as was the appetizer (egg and cheese croquettes), which we would not have selected had it not been for his wonderful description. The salads (lemon-poached calamari and summer greens) were good, though the portions were a bit too large. An unusual perk was the chef's willingness to omit meat from some pasta dishes. Our problem was with the overly-salted pastas. The semifredo was a delicious dessert. It was the service, wine and dessert which earned our favor; too bad the main courses were a bit disappointing.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate