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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

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Cozy (11)
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Authentic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (9)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fun (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

We like this place and go often. Great food, service, and ambiance. Cash only and BYOB.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

I've never had a bad meal here. The staff is attentive - the kitchen is creative - and being a BYO it is a great value!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Always lovely. Terrific service, cozy space, interesting, inventive italian.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We came on slow day and had high expectations after the apps but our dinners were cold

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and service. BYOB keeps the price reasonable.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

we had orchestra tickets and tried to book a couple of other restaurants (with no luck) for a 6 PM dinner on a Saturday night. We'd eaten at Casta Diva before and remembered we'd had a good meal and reasonably quiet as well. We invited friends and once again had a fine dinner with excellent service, BYOB, and basically the usual cost of about $50 per person. The salmon was excellent, the duck and lamb chops we ordered very good. Grilled artichokes were a treat and the desserts we tried (creme brulee and flourless chocolate cake were top-notch. Not sure why Casta Diva isn't noted more often in reviews as a go-to place in Center City

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was the second time we dined there. The menu is relatively small but still plenty to choose from. The courses are beautifully displayed, almost art on your plate. Each bite is delicious. We totally enjoyed our dining experience and will definitely be back. We like it so much that we want to keep it to ourselves so we are always assured a table! Of course, we won't!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Classic delicious food with a beautiful presentation. Friendly attentive staff, with excellent service and attention to detail.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

very efficient service and excellent food. The noise level picked up as the restaurant filled up but it was not too noisy to interfere with conversation.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We had a wonderful meal at Casta Diva. The food is outstanding, the service perfect. One couldn't ask for a better experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Casta Diva is a wonderful BYOB near Rittenhouse Square. The chef uses quality fresh ingredients and creates amazing sauces. The service was excellent. Sit by the window for an intimate setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Never disappoints. Great service. Fabulous food Neighborhood gem.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food is consistently good here. I tried the wild boar shank for the first time. It was excellent, and I had enough for another meal! My husband had the seafood combo including branzio, calamari, shrimp, scallops - excellent also!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food, great service, Remember, BYOB Cash Only!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was wonderful

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food in a wonderful setting.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

First time at this restaurant and we were very pleased. Very interesting menu choices and everything we tried was well presented and tasty. Wild boar with pasta a real hit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very intimate northern italian style cuisine with homemade pasta that rocks. Romantic and small, perfectly located near Rittenhouse Square. (Full disclosure - it is cash only but there are ATM's nearby). What is awesome? Beef carpaccio, artichokes, calamari, the beets, several types of fish with amazing, crispy skin, trofie. . .could go on and laud each menu item. Prices are great and it's a BYOB.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love the place, especially that you can bring your own wine. Food is super delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Cold food, unimpressive veal chop returned the food and it was brought back lukewarm. Worse restaurant experience we have had in our ten years in center City.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was New Year's Eve. Food was great, probably more costly than normal menu and probably more noisy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Seated on time, great BYO option, great service, great food, cash only (as advertised). Recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I’ve been coming here for years. I love this gem of a restaurant which defies categorization: low key, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, delicious food. Spent a lovely evening with my adult children enjoying good conversation and lovely food.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Amazing food. Everything is very well made, delicious, portion are perfect size. The only annoying part is that its cash only.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always great service, food and ambiance. Great neighborhood go to. All cash and BYOB but there is an ATM across the street if you should forget!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

It is just so inconvenient to have a cash only arrangement. I know there was a notice of this when I made the reservation - but practically speaking it's a pain. The food was terrific and if you are prepared - great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Terrific neighborhood restaurant. So happy we tried it. Not the place to go for a quiet dinner -- it's crowded and tiny -- but we loved the vibe, the food, the service. BYOB and cash only.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Hot Spot
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was my second time at Casta Diva ! The service was outstanding and the meal was delicious! the Butternut squash soup was so good as well as the calamari! Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always good food with a good variety on a limited menu. The staff is always welcoming. Deserts are not their specialty but a decent selection is offered. No one can complain about portions and several of the entrees give a good take home opportunity.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food good but the duck was tough. The bronzino was excellent. Too noisy.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food and service were excellent, but the dining room is tight and very LOUD.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent food and service. Interesting menu with several unique items. Small and quiet.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything could have been delightful but we were seated in back area and it was so loud I could not hear the person sitting across from me
Actually ruined my dining experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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!

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