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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Italian, Farm-to-table, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
Bus 17 stops at 20th & Locust.
Buses 9, 12, 21, 42 stop at 20th & Walnut.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant directly to discuss and schedule.
Private Party Contact:
Stephen Vassalluzzo: (215) 496-9677
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout
Casta Diva Ratings and Reviews
We walked past this restaurant many times but had not tried it. For my husband's birthday, I thought, why not?! It was outstanding!! The service was excellent and the meal exceeded expectations. I've recommended this restaurant to several people and now I'm worried that I won't be able to get a reservation!!
This is my second dining experience at Casta Diva. We brought friends with us and everything about our experience was superb. The food was prepared and presented beautifully. It was the kind of food that sits well and you think about later. The menu is limited therefore it’s made carefully. The fresh ingredients were papable with every bite. Nothing tasted heavy or had “sat in the pot all day” taste. Our server’s style was engaging, helpful and on point.
My husband has not stopped talking about his dinner - since I suggested Casta Diva I’m delighted!
We arrived at 6:15 so noise wasn’t an issue but as we left the noise was elevated.
I heartily endorse this restaurant - when food is this good, I like to say it’s made with love!!
4 of us headed over to casta Diva Wednesday night for a fine meal with fine service in a very quiet setting - perhaps because it was a weekday? The creativity of the chef (as an example -a must try is the beets- i will say no more - has to be seen), the fine service and the casual ability to sit and relax makes me confident to visit again in the near future - a very fine BYOB restaurant that is worth a visit for a very good meal!
This was not my first visit & definitely not my last. Although it is not an extensive menu, I love the food. The last few times we dined here, Michael was our waiter & made our dining experience a lot of fun! He thoroughly entertained us & I have a very good rapport with him. The owner always comes out to greet us, which makes us feel very welcome. Great food & staff. I highly recommend Casta Diva!❤️ Patsy Bordoni
We went for the second time with friends who had been there years ago and hadn't had a good experience. The pasta was perfect, and my lamb dish was memorable. One friend who had something else said his was great, but he could see coming back the next evening to have the lamb.
We will go back!
I had been to Casta Diva several times before but long ago, and remembered it as being very relaxed. I invited a friend out to dinner for her her birthday and was looking forward to an evening of pleasant conversation. It was a Saturday and although I had made a reservation a day in advance, we were given the least desirable table. The food was as excellent as I had remembered, but the noise level was unpleasantly loud and only increased over the evening. As we were nearing the end of our meal the waitstaff asked us to move to another table to make room for a large group. We stayed (in the new place) for a short while but the noise level became unbearable. I will consider going back sometime, but definitely not on a Saturday evening.
We were there for a bachelorette party and the staff did a great job getting us secluded so we could enjoy ourselves. They were also kind and got in our fun too. Not to mention the food was top notch -i ordered the frutti and the torta and I was in heaven. Was my first time there and I will definitely go back!
We had a wonderful meal. My veal chop was cooked exactly as ordered, the cauliflower side dish was delicious -- served piping hot -- and my wife enjoyed her fish and salad. Service was attentive and friendly and the staff made us feel welcome. The menu is small but there are choices for just about any palate, albeit perhaps only one or two, at most. It is a BYOB but the restaurant has beautiful wine glasses and on-table ice buckets for white wines. A little bit pricey but considering the quality of the meal, I felt we "got what we paid for." We will enjoy returning.
Small restaurant with tables jammed together, serves excellent food priced moderately. BYO (which keeps the price down considerably). Not intimate with your date but because the tables are so close you inevitably start chatting with whomever is sitting at the table next to you.
I've been here numerous times & love this restaurant. The menu is small, but the food is excellent. The staff is always warm, friendly & very attentive. I've recommended this restaurant to many of my friends & always suggest going to Casta Diva. This is a must-go-to restaurant. You will not be disappointed!
Everything was fantastic - food, service, ambiance. However, there was an extremely loud/annoying party sitting right behind us. Apparently they "come in all the time", and they were so obnoxious that another party moved seats, and created a mini scene when moving by telling them how rude they were. Not sure what the restaurant could do, but if it's true what the group said ("they come in all the time"), then not sure I would want to dine in the same room with them again.
What an amazing restaurant! Charming exterior and interior with a small number of tables. The chef makes his appearance and is well known and be loved by the clients. The service is outstanding. The food is authentic and is based on what the chef finds fresh at the market. Can be very romantic or a great place for a small group to go in the neighborhood. Highly recommend. This is a cash only restaurant, but well worth it and it's a BYOB.
We took a chance on Casta Diva and it was well worth it. The food was delicious. The staff was welcoming and very efficient. The menu, although limited, had much variety and options from pasta to boar. The appetizers were excellent and the entrees did not disappoint. We also enjoyed the BYOB experience for a change. Overall, we would highly recommend.
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