Casta Diva
Casta Diva

Casta Diva

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.castadivabyob.com/
  • Phone: 2154969677
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Casta Diva reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)neighborhood gem (46)romantic (26)special occasion (20)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Pasta pasta
    RonSimon
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We ordered 4 pasta dishes. 3 were a+, one was b. I have rarely seen any place that good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the evening, wonderful
    AlwaysReady2dineout
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Enjoyed the evening, wonderful food, nice atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; indifferent service
    KermitsmomVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Food was I fabulous; beautifully presented. Delicious. Exceptional choices and combinations. But the servers either have to cover too many tables or frankly don't care. They were minimally present and largely unavailable except to take orders and deliver the dishes. Nonetheless, the food was so good I'd return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Attitude
    JimL
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Disappointed with attitude from server and policies. I made reservation for 4 people. Two of us arrived 15 minutes early and were seated. I tried to order an anti pasta appetizer while we waited for rest to join us. But server was abrupt telling me that I cannot order appetizer until the whole order went in at the same time. This policy prohibited us from appetizer as we were headed for a show. This policy cost the restaurant a sale. Also, this restaurant is CASH only. This was not publicized until we opened the menu. Its an expensive place but luckily we scraped together the money. I will not return. This would have been embarrassing and very inconveniencing if I had to leave to go to an ATM
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My parents and I were looking for a good Italian byob, a little less expensive and cute casual ambiance, offset a bit from the most populated areas. The food was very good, but it was overpriced for what you got. Byob is great but for example, we ordered the antipasti salumi appetizer. It came out on a beautiful wooden board and was arranged nicely, but it was 16 pieces of tissue thin salami and 6 little crackers...for 16 dollars. No cheese or olives or roasted red peppers? That's not antipasti. We each got a pasta dish which were all good but we were still hungry after. I don't eat much. When you drop at least an easy $100 at a byob, you should be full when you leave. We had a nice time, but It was too hyped up and I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    Danny
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Went here for "date night" this past Friday. It is a nice place however very small. We were seated at a small table and I must've bumped elbows with the guy at the next table at least 3 times. The food was great. We started with the best salad and the cheese plate... Both excellent. The service was friendly and accommodating. Despite the tight quarters, we would certainly venture back to try the rest of the menu.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favoite Place
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We go to Cass Diva all the time and are never disappointed. My favorite entre is Steve's veal chop. It is the best in the city! Service is always friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casta Diva is a keeper!
    elve
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Every couple of months our friend from Connecticut visits and we look for a restaurant that is new to our group of five. We were not disappointed with our choice. We each selected a different entree and no one was disappointed. The scallops were divine, and the calamari appetizer as well as the beet salad were excellent! I can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood BYOB
    MbreakirVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Four of us ordered four different entrees, three different salads, and shared the Italian sausage pasta. All dishes were excellent and beautifully presented. Service was great but not intrusive. We love the BYOB format and pricing is very reasonable given the food quality. Only drawback is it is cash only. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good BYOB
    CopiouseatsVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food and service was very good. The menu could have been a bit more expansive, but the four of us certainly found wonderful choices on the menu. Great neighborhood restaurant, and we love that it is BYOB
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding BYOB!
    Rick
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The three of us all enjoyed each our courses at this charming BYOB. The food was great and the server didn't pressure us to order or to leave when we had finished our excellent meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food quality is terrific
    FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The food quality is terrific and the menu, though small, had a perfect variety of choices. We look forward to coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great BYOB
    SatisfiedDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Small but bustling - the food is delicious, the homemade pasta just "makes" every dish melt in your mouth. Went for the second time in 3 weeks and was not disappointed. The poached pears for dessert were amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a really excellent
    DrexelProf
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This is a really excellent little BYOB in the neighborhood. My wife and I frequently just decide to grab a bottle of wine and head there for dinner during the week. The food is great and service is really nice, but do remember that it is cash only... I suspect the cash only and BYO is what keeps this place from being a mad house every evening. But I for one am glad of it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • innovatively excellent italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    innovatively excellent italian fare. loved the sweet potato gnocchi, that was a side to my duck. excellent calamari puttenesca. the waitress could have been a bit warmer, but she was fine. and the rest of the staff was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    KarenrVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We have been coming here for a number of years and always enjoy the dining experience. Menses change with some frequency, so always something new to try. The califlower soup was excellent, as was the crispy skin branzino, and the wild boar pasta. Nice presentation as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I've been going to the place for years but the latest meal I ate there was probably the best yet! The salmon had beautifully crunchy skin and was topped with vegetables cooked to perfection. I highly recommend this place but I am a little wary of doing so because if it becomes more and more popular (which it should) I won't be able to get in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food as always
    joysiiie
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    but I really wish they would bring in some gluten free pasta and bread options
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Philly restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    This restaurant has a wonderful menu, great food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!
    CenterCityFoodie
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Casta Diva never disappoints - the food is always excellent! It is one of our favorite restaurants. Sometimes the noise level is too high, if there are large parties, but fortunately, on this visit, the noise level was fine. I had the salmon and it was outstanding. Our guests had the scallops and one of the pasta dishes and were both pleased. And I loved the ginger gelato!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    Philly86VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    My wife and I ended up in the city and we looked on Open Table for a BYOB restaurant. Casta Diva had good reviews so we gave it a try. Glad we did. This little restaurant was wonderful. The chef really takes pride in his elegant presentations . . . and the food was delicious too! The servers were very attentive. We were originally seated at a table in the front with a great window view. Unfortunately in winter it was very cold and drafty. (F. Y. I.) We asked to be moved and were quickly accommodated. We were surprised by the "CASH ONLY" printed on the menu. I would have stopped at the ATM if I had realized. Not a big menu but everything we tried was terrific! Great neighborhood find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local find off Rittenhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Good food and reasonable prices (considering neighborhood) with great service and BYOB also! Small room so if you are looking for private table for intimate conversation - you may want to try somewhere else but this will definitely on our list to return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday
    nancyVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    I had noted on my reservation that this was a birthday celebration. They did nothing to acknowledge that occasion. Why ask if you don't intend to make the occasion a bit more festive?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Dana
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    I was there on a weekday evening with friends. Everyone loved their meals. I had the calamari for an appetizer. It was tender and tasty, nicely spiced. One of my friends had the mushroom soup and raved about it. The scallops entrée was absolutely wonderful -- three nice size scallops perfectly done with cauliflower and a delicious pea puree. We commented on how much space we had between tables and that we could actually have a dinner conversation without having to yell above the noise. I'd definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A winter delight
    Curiouspalate
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This intimate, warmly furnished space was, yet again, inviting--and satisfying--for a winter supper. Its menu favors earthy, stronger flavors and textures even to its salads, but the concept is sophisticated and well executed. A particular favorite are the pappardelle with wild boar ragu. The staff is attentive and warm, and the other diners who swarm in (we could only get a 6:30 table one Saturday night) lend yet another convivial note. It's a superior spot in a neighborhood with many good small restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overpriced
    pt109
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    My date and I each had an appetizer and a main course, and the bill plus tip was over $90. How is that possible at a BYO that takes cash only!? Overrated.
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  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Divine salads and pasta will definitely frequent this cozy BYOB Italian restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Lucky Neighborhood
    PhilFood
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I wish my neighborhood had a fine restaurant like Casta Diva. This BYO is a treat. From appetizers to dessert, we enjoyed our dinner. Highlights were the Beef Carpaccio and Sautéed Calamari and the Trofie pasta - if you love wild mushrooms, this dish is perfection. Rather than hunting for the mushrooms, they were plentiful and the earthiness of the dish still sings in my mind. We had two slight disappointments that prevented a five star rating; the caesar salad came without anchovies and the skin on the duck breast entree could have been crisped quite a bit more (something we asked about specifically). While the waiter brought anchovies to the table for the salad, that doesn't match having them macerated properly into the dressing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BYOB close to everything
    Diner
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We dined with a group of 5 people, everyone getting something different off the menu from apps to salads to the entree. Let me tell you, we all loved the food and I would highly recommend this restaurant! And on a more personal note, if you like duck...you HAVE to try theirs off the menu...DELICIOUS!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes and No
    Michele
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The food was very good, however, they ran out of scallops for my husband and sister's plate so they shared what was left I suppose. My husband (who is a chef by trade) asked what the portion size was the waitress could not provide an answer. We found this ridiculous since there are only a handful of choices on the menu. With a small menu the servers should be able to answer simple questions.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really tasty food
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    This small BYO has a limited menu - fish, pasta, meat, fowl - and all food is delicious. We were a group of 6 people, most of whom had never been here. Everyone agreed that it was outstanding and we all want to return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time dinner, excellent.
    cerne
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    First time dinner, excellent. Will go back many more times
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent menu and execution
    qmod
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We shared the cheese plate to start. It was delicious. My husband had the duck. I had the pasta dish with wild mushrooms. Both dishes arrived at a perfect temperature, and were very tasty. The duck was cooked exactly as ordered. An excellent meal.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent. The
    lina
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food was excellent. The staff could have been a little nicer. They seemed overwhelmed. I would certainly recommend.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food in a BYOB
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Casta Diva remains one of our favorite restaurants. Great food with an unbeatable special (16 0z loin chop) cooked to perfection. The service is excellent, attentive without being annoying. Our only complaint is the noise level, requiring us to shout across the table at times. Perhaps this unavoidable given the closeness of the tables, but it is annoying. A word of caution, Casta Dive takes NO credit cards so come with cash. If you forget, there is an ATM across the street
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and fun fine service
    granny
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Great food and fun fine service really enjoyed. Will do again
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently very good food.
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Consistently very good food. Very good small BYOB. Small but interesting menu and everything is well prepared. Interesting pasta dishes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Find
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I have been to several BYOB's in the city and this is by far one of the best. The whole dining experience was a treat. The wait staff was very polite and knowledgeable. While the menu is small, the food is outstanding. I would defintely recommend this for either a quiet, romantic dinner for two, or for a group of friends out for the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite Italian BYOB!
    wsm314VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    My husband & I love trying all the Italian BYOB's in the city. I'm not sure why we didn't fine here before, but believe me, we will definitely be back! It is a step above most others, a bit more elegant. Service was attentive & professional. The food was amazing! The beet salads & salumi appetizer were great. I had a poached tuna dish over pasta, it tasted very fresh & authentic. My husband had the spinach tagliatelle & really enjoyed it. We ended the evening with flour less chocolate cake, which we usually don't enjoy, but we sure did this night! It was a wonderful evening out, no complaints whatsoever. Try it, you will not be disappointed!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food cooked to perfection
    AliEVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    really great food- had the Bronzino and the flavor profile was great. love this great byob.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.