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About 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. Please note Casta Diva is a cash only business.

227 S. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Farm-to-table, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Locust

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Cash Only

Phone Number:
(215) 496-9677

Website:
http://www.castadivabyob.com/

Public Transit:
Bus 17 stops at 20th & Locust.
Buses 9, 12, 21, 42 stop at 20th & Walnut.

Executive Chef:
Stephen Vassalluzzo

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant directly to discuss and schedule.

Private Party Contact:
Stephen Vassalluzzo: (215) 496-9677

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout

Casta Diva Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
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Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Casual (5)
Seasonal (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
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Hot Spot (3)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This place was fantastic will definitely go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Word of caution. Cash only. And bring a lot of cash. Also they don't serve drinks. You must bring your own bottle. While that also keeps the price down, it will still cost $50 per person. A lot of truffle oil all over. The pasta was ok, but the sauces a bit overpowering.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

This is one of our favorite go-to neighborhood restaurants. Food is always fabulous, staff is great and love that it's BYOB. Definitely recommend it!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Just excellent. One of the best meals I have ever had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Casta Diva is an very special restaurant. It was a perfect place to celebrate my 50th birthday!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Always eat here every time I am in town. Incentive, organic, delicious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Food terrific ! Two of our party had boar shank . Both loved it . Wild salmon and free range chicken also excellent . Best Caesar salad . Wish I lived closer .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 17, 2017

We used to eat at Cafe Casta Diva regularly, but this visit was the first in about 14 months. Food is always very good, but I had gotten a little bored by their choices and realized that was still true, even after 14 months. There is usually only 1 vegetarian option which, these days, seems minimal. In mid-May, offerings included dishes with pumpkin, parsnips, and leeks, huge veal chops, and grilled lamb. Lots of heavy choices and winter vegetables. Their grilled artichokes used to be a favorite, but this time they were in a shallow bowl and swimming in too much rich sauce. Local strawberries are now in season but, alas, they were missing--even as garnish for the desserts. Yes, the food was good and we had a nice dinner but, once again, I'm not thinking that I need to go back soon. Four people had 2 appetizers, 4 entrees (3 were pasta dishes which are ~$6-15 less than other entrees), 2 desserts, and 1 coffee. With a tip, the bill was $200. BYOB; cash only.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Casta Diva.. perfect name. Perfect food. Perfect staff.. Perfect Vibe.. Perfect is an understatement really. My girls and I had chose Casta Diva as a last minute spot for our second girls night out and I am so glad that everywhere was booked because this place is a m...f...ing gem. Shoot, we took the last slot of the night for Casta Diva. We knew it would be an amazing experience right off the back the moment we arrived because there was a long line of people who just happily waiting for a seat (just in case anyone cancels). Ugh.. Perfection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Been here several times- it never disappoints.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Wonderful dinner - excellent seevice

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

This was my second time to Casta Diva and I am definitely going back. The food was fabulous and the service was first class. It was a fantastic dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food, service and presentation were excellent. Noise level was a bit higher than comfortable but livable. Rather expensive for a cash, BYO.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 27, 2017

I was celebrating a friends' birthday. The menu was short but very enticing.
The goat cheese & beet salad was visually pleasing and equally delicious! We had the seafood mix main course which was satisfying and the flourless chocolate cake was the best I've ever had and worth every calorie.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Love this restaurant! Best BYOB in the city

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 19, 2017

This is one of the great little boutique restaurants in the city that is refined, elegant and delicious! The menu is not overwhelming so everything is under control and crafted beautifully both in presentation and quality. Had a grilled artichoke dish to start that was exquisite and a Wild Boar shank that was fall off the bone delicious. The wild salmon was done to perfection and flavorful! A great place to go for a fabulous culinary experience. BYOB & cash only.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Organic, Vegan, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The owner is super friendly and enthusiastic, the food is delicious, purée asparagus soup with crab meat & truffle oil is out of this world.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Incredible food and service! Would go back again and again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Really enjoyed the meal on a casual friends night out. The menu was slightly smaller (and slightly more expensive) than published online, but well worth the money! We really enjoyed!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I come from NYC every year to Philly for the NEQ volleyball tournament. Every time I make sure I make time to come to Casta Diva. Food is amazing and service is very kind and efficient! I bring different friends all the time and they all love it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Panama)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Steven the chief owner knows how to cook. Menus has nice selection of first courses, pastas, fish and meat.
Food is delicious and feels healthy too. I am always satisfied when I dine there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Everything about our recent dinner at Casta Diva was exceptional. Outstanding food, exquisitely presented. Gracious, friendly service. Lovely, warm environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Just great on every level except the cash only can catch you by surprise. Everyone who works there are terrific, friendly and professional. It's our 2nd time there in a month....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Fabulous meal as always!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Great italian food in a small friendly cozy atmosphere. BYOB and Cash Only. Never disappointed. Huge neighborhood gathering place. Love the food and atmosphere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Elegant atrmosphere, great food and a varied menu with seasonal specials such as white asparagus, byob is a much applauded bonus. We look forward to going back soon and often.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Costa Diva is one of our favorites in Philadelphia. I would say our very favorite BYOB!! We went for my husband's birthday. All four of us raved about every dish. The pasta is absolutely the BEST around. My husband had the vealchop special - and it was perfect. The wait staff are great. It is a small restaurant, cozy. You feel welcomed and very much taken care of. LOVE the CHef!!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Excellent service and food. Veal Chop was outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Amazing food!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We always have an excellent meal at Casta Diva. Everything on the menu is wonderful. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. I would recommend CD always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 7, 2017

It's a neighborhood restaurant that we really like. The noise level on a Tuesday night when they were far from full made it difficult to hear. Also we kept smelling pot through our area

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great time

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 25, 2017

My daughters and I visited the city for the day. We enjoyed our dinner and will return.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 25, 2017

It is rare to find a BYOB in Philadelphia that has such beautifully prepared items created with local fresh ingredients and passion. The owner/chef puts his heart into every dish that is served. Excellent service and delicious food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great appetizers and a wonderful special, a large veal chop. Loved both the baked artichoke hearts and the sausage. My husband's potato gnocchi was drowning in a heavy sauce that kept him up half the night. Nevertheless, we will return!

Tags: Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2017

One of the better BYOB's in Philadelphia. The ceasar salad is very good, as is the duck entree, which varies in preparation. Pastas tend to be excellent also.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great place. Always fabulous .

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This restaurant was great! I took my wife here for Valentine's Day and she was extremely happy! The food is delicious and the pasta sauces were so rich and decadent. It's also BYOB which offsets the fact that it's on the pricy side (we spent $80 on an appetizer, two entrees, and just brought our favorite bottle of wine).

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Beet salad and the Bronzino fish dinner was outstanding. Artfully presented, interesting textures, flavor and taste of our dinner was worth the drive down the expressway.
Thank you for always giving us a wonderful dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2017

As usual, Casta Diva did not disappoint. Our friends raved about the lobster bucatini and the veal chop, and we all agree that the grilled artichoke appetizer is the best in the city. And, the chocolate creme brule is unbeatable. Great service, not at all overbearing, and upbeat atmosphere.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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