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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for a Date (17)
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Creative Cuisine (12)
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Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Seasonal (2)
Healthy (1)
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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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We love this restaurant! We used to frequent CD when we lived in the city. Always love returning for a great meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Been to Casta Diva on several occasions. Excellent food for a good price. Cash only! Bring a bottle.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Steven. the owner/chef, takes great pride in his food and his restaurant. He uses the best ingredients and lovingly prepares food that looks beautiful and tastes delicious. This is a hidden gem in the Rittenhouse Square area. It is our favorite place to spend a special evening. I have many food allergies, and Steven is always willing to put himself out to prepare something that is safe for me to eat yet still delectable. He is creative, passionate about his creations, and accommodating. We love Casta Diva!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2017

My husband and I met Friends for Dinner Saturday night at Casta Diva. We all had never been, and this is probably the only BYOB in the city we hadn't tried yet. We are big foodies and love cooking & entertaining ourselves for friends and family so we are very particular of where we eat. We had a great experience at Casta Diva! We were seated immediately and the service the entire visit was amazing! I have a gluten allergy and sometimes I find going to an Italian restaurant can be difficult, but not here! All of the menu items are gluten free and if you call ahead of your reservation the owner will make homemade gluten free pasta from scratch! Yumm! We ordered the calamari and artichokes to start and the Salmon, Bronzino, and lamb for dinner. The flavors were outstanding, but the only negative comment is the size. The portions from appetizers to entrees are way to small and the prices are overpriced for what you get. That being said, I would still recommend this as a must try due to the flavor and great service!

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We've eaten at Casta Diva many times and I think it just keeps getting better. The food is great and the menu changes but is always diverse in it's choices. The Caesar is among the best in the city, The portions are appropriate, The deserts are all worth saving room for. The staff are friendly and attentive but not intrusive. If you haven't been, you should try it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2017

We had a fabulous, fabulous evening. Our first visit to Casta Diva certainly will not be our last. My wife, our 18 year old granddaughter and I had dinner at Casta Diva in the one night we spent in Philadelphia recently. We could not have enjoyed ourselves more. We shared appetizers -- the artichokes and a caesar salad. Both were terrific. Our main courses were Crispy-skinned wild salmon, seafood in broth and gnocchi. Each was special. The food was quite fabulous. Service was smooth and present, but not in the way. Casta Diva is a special place. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2017

One of our favorite places in Philly. Always enjoy dinner and look forward to returning.
Usually it is not too noisy and you can have an actual have a conversation. A plus for sure!!!
Friendly staff and good service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Seasonal, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great meal

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

New Years eve

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Very nice experience. Nothing stood out as exceptional, but we only could chose from a limited menu because it was a holiday. We'll be back to try again with their full menu available.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 30, 2016

As an out of towner visiting on my birthday I could not have picked a better spot to celebrate. The meal was one of the best I have had in a long time and the staff was unbelievably friendly and helpful. I would recommend this spot to anyone.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2016

This is a terrific restaurant.. Steve the owner is the chef and cares about his customers.. go!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Food was good. I had the lamb two ways. Service was slow and not well coordinated, and it was somewhat pricey. Biggest negative was that it is very noisy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2016

As far as choices for a nice Italian BYO in Philly go, Casta Diva is one of those in the top tier. Very polite and friendly service from start to end. The food was excellently prepared, and during the meal the appropriate amount of attention was paid to us as we ate. I would advise to go before it gets too busy, as when it is crowded it can be a tad loud, due to the cozy size of the establishment. A solid 5/5.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2016

Excellent food and service. I loved the Frutti di Mare entrée I ordered and my friends said the salmon was cooked to perfection. The service was great. Our waiter was very attentive to our needs despite being quite busy. My sole complaint was the noise level in this relatively small restaurant. We had a party of 10 next to us celebrating a birthday and could hardly hear ourselves talk over all the noise they made.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2016

This is one of our favorite BYOB in the city, the food is authentic. Would highly recommend this place !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Cozy restaurant with personable staff and a small but well thought out menu. Food was well prepared and worth a repeat visit. Highly recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2016

I eat here almost every time I visit Philly, I love the food! I love the BYO option. I love the service. The only thing that does tire me, and especially this last visit, was the noise level as it gets crowded. I do not mind sharing a wall lined with bench seating, I'm friendly. But this past Friday night was super busy as weather was terrific and PHL had a marathon happening, and I could not hear my friend over the table at times.
I will still go to Casta Diva. I do love the food that much. But I will go early. Their barratta appetizer is amazing, their wild boar ragu over parpadelle can't be beat and this time the special scallops with wild mushroom and asparagus risotto was just perfect. I understood the server told me that the menu was changing the very next day, which was yesterday....I do hope they keep the barratta!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Great food and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Food is always great. Have been here multiple times. The atmosphere is pleasant and is not noisy. The appetizers are good and the artichokes are wonderful. The salads are tasty and very fresh.

I love the bronzing. The veal chops are terrific as are the short ribs and lamb chops. Pasta's are special and can be shared as an appetizer

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2016

We had a lovely dinner with attentive service. The wild mushroom soup was outstanding for starter. The crispy skin wild salmon was done to perfection, the scallops with mushroom and asparagus risotto was done just right, and the wild boar and pasta was tasty as well.Everyone enjoyed desserts as well. We had a leisurely meal and were not rushed to leave for another seating. Noise level permitted conversation. All in all an excellent value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Intimate space but not crowded. Good for special occasion. Good is fresh. Excellent BYOB

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 (London)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Although Casta Diva is not a 'family restaurant' they catered brilliantly for my 9 year old daughter when we were on a Mummy-Daughter date. Top marks.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Casta Diva was a great exerience, except for the noise level. It was loud and made it difficult to carry on a conversation at our table. Granted, only one or two tables seemed to breach etiquette, but the room itself looked "hard" and not able to absorb much noise/sound. The room also was quite full...good for the restaurant, not so good for any kind of discussion at the table.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 11, 2016

I've been to Casta Diva several times & always bring friends who have never been there. Never a disappointment. Food is great. Love this place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2016

My husband and I first shared the cesare salad, which was excellent. The only thing I would change is a bit of fresh lemon juice squeezed in there. The garlic was really nicely done! Then, we each enjoyed the same dinner special. It was the special bronzino, with a delicious white sauce and shrimp. Excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Food was really great. Service was a little slow. Dining room is a little sparse/feels cold/empty/not warm and cozy. Would still definitely go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Greeted warmly by staff. Service was 5 star. Appetizers out of the ordinary. Roasted artichokes delicious and calamari prepared with out deep frying... excellent. Entrees stellar: lamb chops, scallops, shrimp, sausage. We were all saying... here taste mine. Have a bite. The espresso and desserts completed a perfectly delightful dinner. We wondered why we had not dined at Casta Diva ... we will certainly return soon!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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