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About Le Virtu

Le Virtu Cucina Abruzzese in Philadelphia is bringing the culinary tradition and philosophy of Abruzzo to the surrounding community. Abruzzo is Italy�s most unspoiled area with bold and unpretentious cuisine created by the local fishers and farmers and Le Virtu is recreating those delicacies with locally sourced meat and produce with rare artisanal ingredients being imported straight from Abruzzo.

A unique menu that pulls from sea and mountain sources provides savory combinations that will not disappoint. The pasta at Le Virtu is handmade in house and the meat is slow cooked to perfection. For example, the maccheroni alla mugnaia is a hand pulled single strand of pasta tossed in garlic and extra virgin olive oil with hot pepper and pecorino.

1927 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Juniper & Mifflin

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 271-5626

Website:
http://www.levirtu.com/

Catering:
Phone inquiries only.

Parking Details:
Valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings; street and nearby lot parking the remainder of the week.

Public Transit:
Snyder Ave. stop on SEPTA/Broad Street subway.

Executive Chef:
Joe Cicala

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:15PM

Le Virtu Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for a Date (20)
Authentic (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Casual (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Cozy (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fun (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Seasonal (5)
Scenic View (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Le Virtu never disappoints. The pastas are about the best in Philly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Creatively prepared food and impressive service. Waitstaff was very knowledgeable about vegetarian and gluten free options as well as about the wine offerings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious, creative food. Beautifully plated. Great service. A wonderful evening!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Pasta was fresh and delicious. Pork chop was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Difficult to find since sign is recessed. Looks like just a garden but if you look carefully you can see the sign and door.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

OMG! Our first experience here...the first of many I’m sure!! Began with the charcuterie - simply the freshest and most delicious we’ve had-ever! Crusty bread, fruity olive oil.Lovely service, attentive and still unobtrusive.
Pastas - homemade , the very best a-single strand pasta with garlic, oil and peppers, then another-wide, flat(...not the technical name!!) pasta with truffle, veal ragu- seriously could’ve licked the plate clean!!! Don’t come here - we want to still be able to get a reservation!!! Delicious Montepulciano by the glass. YUM!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent restaurant, great food and service. Thank you! I'll be back.

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 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of our favourite restaurants in Philly. We took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and sat outside despite it being well into October. Food was fantastic, and our waitress was friendly without being over the top. Can't recommend it enough.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We enjoyed our dining experience so much. Our servers AZ and Carlos were very attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the menu. Everything we had was wonderful. The Brussel sprouts were to die for. The artwork and mural along with the owners insight into the history of the Abruzzi region were very interesting especially since my family came from this region. We will definitely return.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Still my favorite place in Philly. Food and service is over the top!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Beautiful outdoor seating. Quiet and romantic ambiance. Service was excellent. Food was excellent. Only reason I don't think I could recommend this restaurant is because the portions were so small. Everyone left hungry. :(

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Special gem in South Philly. Authentic Italian cuisine with a creative bent that will satisfy every taste. Nice wine list that is not pretentious nor overpriced. Beautiful outside courtyard to be enjoyed at every opportunity. Good service and welcoming host. This is a keeper.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

They intuited that we were sharing our dishes, which we were, and split them accordingly. The service was friendly and not intrusive.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This restaurant is amazing! It was delicious and the service was phenomenal. I loved every minute of it! The food came out hot, you were not rushed with your courses, and the flavors were on point. I will definitely be back and recommend this restaurant to everyone!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My first visit tonight for my Birthday. Food and Service was fantastic. Couldn't ask for a better dining experience.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Questionable service, decent food, horrendous wine selection and even worse markup.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Our visit to the Le Virtu has been very satisfying as me and my Mom like trying new places. Most place we tried does not live up to our expectations. The Le Virtu food was exceptionally great it is a must try. Also our server Gabriel was great and genuinely happy we enjoyed the food. He explained how the pork meat they purchase the whole pig taking advantage of using the whole pig without wasting.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

What a fabulous restaurant! The food was outstanding, from the Appetizers to the dessert. They had a reasonably priced wine list. The staff could not have been more accommodating. We cannot wait to return.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Outstanding
Authentic excellent all around service
Meal extra ordinary
Looking forward to Fall menu

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and excellent service at Le VIrtu. One of many excellent spots on East Passyunk Ave.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Everything was very good to excellent. The strongest selections were the grilled octopus, the Barrata, the pasta dishes. This was followed by the lamb porterhouse. The weakest dish of the night was the seafood medley

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Sunday evening post Eagles game date. Food was fantastic. That pork chop is something else. Service was great. It was very noisy after a large party was seated in our small room, though.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always a great meal, looking forward to the new menu

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Chicken dish was good but 2 wings broken in half to 4 pieces and a mouthful of white meat ! mostly bones 😩😩😩

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

As always amazing This is a must for worndelful hand made pasta, excellent appetizers and great desserts. Their wine list complements their dishes and most are reasonably priced

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2017

came here for the first time before the Lady Gaga concert. Excellent service, great outdoor seating and the pasta was superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Entree was delicious. Pasta was disappointing-rather bland. House wine was great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was exceptional and the service was perfect. My first time in the restaurant and I will definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I very rarely go out for Italian food but we saw this on a list of top Philly restaurants so we thought we would try it. The burrata was quite tasty but the cocktails were pretty lacking. I like my pasta "al dente" but my fusilli was pretty hard, though the sauce was very good. My husband got the taccozzelle dish which was excellent. The ricotta cheesecake was a tad dry. The service was good and the restaurant itself was very cozy. It was raining but they have an adorable area for outside dining. I tend to be highly critical of Italian restaurants and overall we had a nice time but felt the experience was expensive for the amount and quality of the food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I have come to find out that my favorite weekend Italian Restaurant on East Passyunk is also a great place to take business assiciates. Food, ambiance, and service are great here!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Our most recent meal at Le Virtu was to celebrate our wedding anniversary. As expected, the food was superb: delicious, authentic Abruzzese dishes, including superb home-made pasta. We were treated by Le Virtu to a glass of Prosecco to start the evening. My wife and I split four dishes for our meal: an antipasto, a primo, a secondo and a dessert and we were very satisfied. The service was both friendly and efficient, and the portion sizes were generous. We each had a double espresso to finish our celebration.

We left the restaurant with the intention to enjoy it more often.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Spectacular meal from start to finish. Superb appetizers, unbelievable pasta, and incredibly good main courses.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

For a restaurant where the pasta is"made fresh daily" it was unpleasantly thick and doughy. Entrees were disappointing as was the buratta salad. Overpriced as well. The outdoor patio was pleasant enough although overlooking Passyunk Avenue left something to be desired.

Tags: Disabled Access, Scenic View, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Le Virtu is our favorite restaurant. The food is authentic Italian and just delicious. We had the heirloom tomato salad with peaches. Superb. The fisherman's stew would be hard to beat.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Truly great evening. Despite being nearly an hour late for our reservation due to sports related traffic, they were welcoming and made us immediately comfortable. Food including a couple of specials were awesome and waiters suggestion for wine was affordable and exactly what we asked for. We will be back again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Disappointing. Small portions esp of the short rib special. Expensive 11.00 dollar dessert ridiculous. I would not return nor recommend.

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great space and food to celebrate for my b day. Everyone loved the food, the saffron cream pasta was amazing. Pasta is what you should get here.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The reservationist who called to confirm was very thoughtful in asking about our indoor or outdoor dining preference. The outdoor patio was very pleasant, although is was movie night and there is no warning of this over the open table reservation system - it was distracting at the end. The kitchen was on top of their game as usual, but the service - after the pleasantries of the host seating us - was far less than stellar. We waited over 30 minutes to order at which time we were advised of several menu deletions and additions. The appetizer came about seven minutes prior to being served wine. The spotty service all evening, albeit pleasant in demeanor, diminished the experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner a Virtu last night, possibly the best Italian meal we have had since we came to Philadelphia. They specialize in dishes from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Their wine selection is quite good, and is also focused on wines from the South of Italy -- Abruzzo, Le Marche, Campagna, & Puglia, but also some Tuscans available as well. We chose a DOC Montepulciano de Abruzzo (San Clemente), which was excellent. For antipasti, we had the buffala mozzarella and the Octopus, also excellent. They were all out of the squash blossoms, or we would have tried that. For the pasta course, we split the Taccozelle All'aquuilana, which was a great combo of sausage, porcini, black truffle and wide, flat pasta noodles. Very flavorful and stood up well to a big red. For the main course, had the rabbit, which was also very good. Nice selection of desserts and digestives. Friendly, unobtrusive, and efficient service. A wonderful outside seating area with a lovely mural of the Italian countryside. We would definitely return!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food and service was great!! Best Italian restaurant in the city in my opinion. Great staff as well!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We have been to this restaurant 3 times. Food was exceptional! We are bona fide italophiles, traveling the entire Italian peninsula in search of perfect meal. This place is the closest thing to a real Italian culinary experience! Buon apetito!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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