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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 (25)
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Cozy (12)
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Romantic (6)
Casual (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Seasonal (4)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 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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·Dined on November 19, 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 10, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (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 8, 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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·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was excellent but limited selection. Overall very satisfied.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Every aspect of our dinner was delicious. So glad we discovered this little gem. we will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great option near Rittenhouse Square, my 'go to' if I'm in Center City. BYO keeps the total tab reasonable.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Fabulous as always

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent as always. Was just here the previous Friday, delicious food, attentive service both visits.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Perfect without being fussy, especially the service. What a treat.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Casta Diva has magnificent and creative food that is unique and so well prepared. The service is excellent, professional, and friendly.
A great place for special occasions or when you just want an extraordinary meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Small, neighborhood restaurant with fantastic food. Authentic Italian dishes very well made. My colleague just came back from a two week vacation in Italy, and he enjoyed his meal greatly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We met there for a Friday night meal with some old friends. Reservations for 7:30 PM. Great ambiance and the menu was wonderful. The service was a bit on the slower side by the waitstaff was so friendly, it hardly mattered. Will definitely go again. A gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

I work in the neighborhood and forgot what an absolute gem this place is. Food service and ambience were excellent, Will be back soon!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy, Scenic View, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Poconos)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Fabulous food. New menu. Delicious beyond compare. YOU MUST TRY IT!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was our first time at Casta Diva and we had a wonderful dinner. Fresh pasta cooked just right, interesting menu and great food. It's a small place but we never felt crowded. It may have been the first time outside of Italy that I had had good restaurant gnocchi. And it was good.
We had some wine left after dinner so instead of the sweets on offer, we ordered the cheese plate that is on the starters menu. The cheeses were very good and a nice assortment.
We will go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I have been to Casta Diva many times since it first opened, and I have always found the food to be delicious and creatively prepared. Chef/owner Steve uses high quality ingredients, and puts everything together beautifully. This is one of the few places where I have never had a disappointing meal, and I'm always confident when I bring friends with me. Note that it is cash only.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Two couples went for dinner. My husband and I shared the special heirloom tomato and cheese salad and bruchetta and for entrees, I had the wild boar pasta and my husband had the wild boar shank. All items mentioned were excellent !! We loved all of it. Our friends had the lamb chops and the duck breast. They said they throughly enjoyed. My husband and I took home our leftovers...our friends ate all of theirs! We really enjoyed our dinner, as did our friends. This is now our favorite BYOB!! Excellent food and service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toledo)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Lovely neighborhood gem with excellent service and terrific food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Outstanding food!! Service is perfect! Every time the food is delicious and innovative. By far my fav restaurant!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

From appetizers through desserts and cappucino, Casta Diva hits the mark.
The duck, the farfalle, the grilled artichokes, the pork "bolognese" sauce (that was a pasta special that evening) and more as well as the gelati and tiramisu- just fabulous. Service was attentive but not overbearing- just the right pace. It was our second trip and looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The wild boar pappardelle was fantastic, but the service was a bit rushed and the ambiance was loud.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Good to have a conversation without noisy music or loud crowd, quite relaxing!

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

too expensive for a BYOB and insisting on cash only adds to the lessening of the value

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Food was great but our waiter was outstanding. It is BYOB and we did not realize this. The waiter went and bought the table beers from the store around the corner. SO NICE!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great meal! All three of us enjoyed our choices. Terrific bronzino, amazing home made pasta, yummy veggies... and we always love a byob.
Cute atmosphere and very helpful, excellent service. We will def return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Healthy
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