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Le Virtu
  • Address:
    1927 E Passyunk Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19148
    Neighborhood:
    South Street / Queen Village
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $31 to $50

Le Virtu Details

  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "This is the best Italian restaurant in Philly, hands down. Service was really good until it got crowded and then slowed down. Would have loved to have dessert....maybe next time."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We think this is the best Italian restaurant in the city. The menu is creative, and the chef is constantly adding new and wonderful dishes."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The meal and service were great. We have been there several times before and each time it is truly memorable. The chef was able to take care of on ordering, an issue with substituting for potatoes for one in the party. Some places, the chef is so absorbed in his parings of food that they forget the customers needs/ desires. Not here. We will certainly return again and again"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was great. My date and I loved the atmosphere. The food was amazing. Wished to have more. Gonna come Again soon"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Probably one of the best Italian restaurant in Philadelphia (which has some of the best Italian food in the US). Excellent pastas and beautiful outdoor dining space--a rarity. Also great that it is BYOB."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This gem of a regional Italian restaurant features cuisine of Abruzzo. All of the pasta dishes are fantastic, with the ragus being especially good. It is meat (lamb, pork) and game (rabbit, quail) oriented, but there are some very good, but limited, choices for vegetarians. The wait staff are very friendly and accommodating. The wine list is quite good, with reasonably priced, cuisine-matched, wines. About $50/person with wine."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I loved the appetizers. But the antipasto was $29! My primo piatto was so very delicious but I had to eat it slowly so as not to be done in 4 minutes. All vegetables are done to perfection. Simply great desserts. The granita is amazing but, again, pricey. Mangia bene al ristorante Le Virtu (but save up before you go)."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We took our daughter and some friends and family to Le Virtu to celebrate her graduation from culinary school. The service was attentive and exceptional...the food included homemade pasta (rabbit raviolis, handkerchief pasta in porcini sauce), house cured meats, porketta, seafood in a thick, nicely spiced red sauce…and on and on. Exceptional Italian wine list. We’ll be back!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Very expensive and the high prices do not match the quality of food.My wife and I have been to nearly every italian restarant in south philly so this is not a bogus review Not one bottle if wine under $40 she got spaghetti with garlic and oil We know al dente this was hard as a rock the pasta with lamb ragu was good but portions are very small. Lucky we loaded up on bread Service was excellent though."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Creative and imaginative cuisine that is not your average Italian . Far from it! Attentive and knowledgable service as well. Dinner in the garden on a summer night is a true delight"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We tried Le Virtu for our 35th wedding anniversary dinner and had a wonderful evening! The food was delicious, the outdoor ambiance was fabulous, and our waiter was superb. If you are looking for fresh, innovative Italian food, we highly recommend Le Vertu!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We went to Le Virtu to celebrate my son's 27th birthday. He had heard the food was amazing and it truly was. I have eaten pasta at many places in the US and in Italy. This pasta rivaled any I had tasted in Italy and hands down beat any I have had in the US. Beautifully presented and flavors that I am still raving about to friends."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We've been dining regularly at Le Virtu practically from the time it opened. It is consistently outstanding in terms of food, service, and ambience. A Philadelphia gem!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "would have preferred an outdoor table but inddors was still nice."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The service started a little slowly but then it picked up. The food was outstanding! Every dish was excellent. After dinner the staff was very social and give us recommendations because we were new to the city."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "went there for a birthday dinner. Food and service were excellent"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We sat outside on a Saturday night, at 9:00 and it was absolutely gorgeous out- the weather and the art and the lights were lovely and we settled in, very excited. Our service was excellent. We were VERY excited about the wine "on tap" that but were actually told it was young and fruit forward and we probably wouldn't like it. We had the duck confit with cherry salad which was great, the spreadable salame was a bit TOO spicy. The rabbit ravioli is one of my favorite dishes I've ever had, but the lobster in the pasta was way overcooked. I had the brodetto and every piece of seafood was overcooked, but the porchetta was falling apart and delicious. The lemon and earl gray parfait was perfection- the crostata was fine, but not exciting."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "There were 8 of us for an early summer get-together before we all disperse. Each person actually loved the food, the wait staff and being outside on a cool beautiful night in the lovely courtyard with the mural that transports one directly to Italy. The food is Italian but blending unique spices with hand crafted pastas, great preparations of meat, seafood, etc. The presentation is also creative and added to the relaxed, yet wow factor."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great dinner and night out. The attentiveness of the hostess was exceptional. The food was outstanding and outdoor seating made was a perfect romantic seating to celebrate our 20th anniversary."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We went for my birthday dinner. The food was overall good, but maybe a little over-hyped. We really enjoyed the pasta. If we go back we will order more pasta and fewer mains/antipastos. The ravioli were awesome- and I wish we had gotten the hand drawn spaghetti."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I've gone here twice for dinner with my husband and friends, and the food is outstanding. Very good price for the quality of food and service. Great drink options. The setting is quiet, peaceful and romantic. It has a beautiful outdoor patio dining area as well. I will definitely be going back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Le Virtu is exceptional. This is authentic, seasonal Italian cooking at its best. There is real love and respect for "cucina Abruzzese" coming from this spotless tiny kitchen. Layers of flavor are masterfully incorporated into regional pasta and Secondi dishes. Antipasti are unique and all delicious. We have dined 5 times in the last year and have always been pleased"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Overall the experience was a good one. The bar was friendly. Our table was ready and waiting. The room was welcoming and cozy. The service was excellent. The wine list consisted of a wide variety of Italian reds priced moderately to expensive. The menu offered antipasti, primi & secondi. We ordered from the antipasti and the secondi selections. All dishes were delicious except mine. The rabbit was over cooked and dried out. I would definitely return and try other dishes."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had an early dinner before departing for a weekend trip. Excellent specialty cocktails offered. So many pasta options but the guitar with knuckle lobster made available to us as an appetizer (and split for us, nice touch) was outstanding. We shared the special fish entree -- turbo -- which was very good. Special peach dessert was good, we took it to go and enjoyed it on the plane!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I have been to Le Virtu many times more in the past than recent, the food, service and over all quality of the restaurant is excellent. In my opinion one of Philadelphia's best Italian gems."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "What could be more delightful than sitting out on a lovely patio and enjoying delicious food! LeVirtu has been consistently satisfying, with a creative menu that is always innovating. Terrific!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time i've eaten here. Is one of my favorites on Passyunk Ave. Food is consistently good. THeir pasta dishes are outstanding. i would definetly return to try more dishes."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "After trying Le Virtu once in the past and being dissapointed, we went back and were pleasantly surprised. We dined outdoors in front of the mural which was lovely. The service was exceptional and the food was superior. I will be dreaming of the pasta for weeks I'm sure. A group that was leaving prior to us being seated had complained about their service but we had nothing but great service and a wonderful night."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • " Loved the lamb sausage with mint and sweet jelly. We also enjoyed the raviollini with orange zest and spring pea and ricotta stuffing. The whole fish was also delicious but was poorly fileted. I had 5 or 6 bones and a few fish scales. We arrived before the restaurant was busy and the hostess sat us in the hot room with the kitchen next to a party of 10. It's annoying to be two people next to a big crowd when the restaurant is half empty. The hostess never asked about our preference or whether we wanted to sit outside. After the big party left, she sat a party of 4 right next to us, when the remainder of the room was empty. They were very loud and the ladies had on tons of perfume. Whey can't hostesses have some sense?"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Heard so many good things so I made a reservation for our anniversary dinner. First off, the hostess kept calling me by the wrong name even though I corrected her twice. Service was consistently absent-minded (water glasses empty most of the night) and strange. It was a $100 meal that we found bland and not unlinke something we could cook at home. My standard for an exceptional meal is something I absolutely could not make, and this was not that. Plain, a little bland, and unremarkable. We will actually be having a "re-do" anniversary dinner it was so meh. Wouldn't go again or recommend it. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had some of the best Italian food we've ever tasted. Le Virtu is excellent!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Overpriced. Only the in house antipasti was worth it. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great italian cuisine. Fresh hand made pastas were delicious. Our only qualm was the indoor area get quite loud. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "They maitre de almost seemed "put off" that we were there (even though we had reservations). He wound up as our waiter and still seemed annoyed at out presence and novice questions about the menu. Luckily the water/bread girl was lovely. The food was outstanding. And the waiter warmed up by the end of the meal. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Can't say enough good things. Some picky eaters in our group and everyone had a terrific meal. I will be back."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We had a very inventive Italian meal at this very lively spot. Our octopus salad was quite tasty and the entrees- whole fish filleted table side by the chef himself and the 4 ft strand of pasta unusually delicious. Definitely not the typical red gravy joint found further down the street."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We went last night with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday and taste the wonderful food we had heard about. Everything we ate was delicious, and we would definitely go back for more. We ordered every pasta dish on the menu, and after trying them all I do not have a favorite but I do want more. The house made charcuterie was also a hit, with interesting flavors and textures. We shared everything amongst 6 people, and this is really the way to do it. We got to try everything and left full."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Le Virtu was absolutely delicious. I ordered a salad, the raviolini, and the semifreddo and they were all superb! You could tell the pasta was freshly made. It tasted and looked like authentic Italian food. Growing up in an Italian family, this is saying a lot! The only "negative" thing I have to say is that I wish the portions were a little bigger - it was so good, I could have eaten more! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent. As advertised and more. Cant wait to return"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Been here many times and will be back again. Great Italian food. Little noisy but that's no different than many restaurants these days. The food and service more than make up for it. Never had anything I didn't like. Only odd thing I have had was on the special that night of a skirt steak with morels-delicious- but served with an ice cold fava bean purée. Mistake or was it intended? Should have asked but was too involved with enjoying the rest."
    Dined on 5/17/2014