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.
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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:15PM
Celebrated my husband's 70th birthday. Loved the tasting option! Thinking of bringing relatives visiting from Italy here!
We've been coming to Le Virtu since they opened in 2007 and have always been satisfied. Yes, there've been ups and downs, but how many restaurants go under in the first year or two.
Creative and tasty appetizers, as well as entrees. Good wine list for pairing.
We had a great time! We will return again, great service and wonderful food.
We had guests from out of town, and they loved the ambiance. They wanted to show their 18yr old son what S. Philly was like and we picked an authentic Italian restaurant. The only reason I don't give a high rating is the food. I expected more flavor and more selection or variation. It was an interpretation of Abruzzi region, but it was more farm/country style than higher end cuisine and the price was a bit high for the portions and flavors of Abruzzi. Being raised with parents and grand parents from that region, I was used to more fresh veggies, lots of salad, and seafood. The pasta was good but a tiny portion if your main course. The lamb dish was odd because the rabe and polenta were all mashed together with the lamb, so the the tastes were off.
Lovely atmosphere and delicious food!!
Wonderful dinner here on Mother’s Day! Received a warm greeting and our table was ready when we arrived. Placed order for charcuterie and wine ~ given plenty of time to enjoy that before we placed our dinner order. Appreciated not being rushed and having minimal interruptions during our evening. Service was wonderful and food delicious! Will definitely go back to enjoy the outdoor seating ~ highly recommend!
It was amazing food perfect. The wine suggestion perfect. All in all perfect
food and service was great as usual plus with the weather being nice could sit outside in the spacious patio
We did the tasting menu on a Monday night, it was a great choice to sample the menu. We all agreed, the pasta dishes were the highlight of our meal. When I go back, I'm getting one of the amazing pasta dishes.
Fantastic Italian food, low noise - perfect place to have a business dinner.
I celebrated my birthday here with my family. We were very excited to try this restaurant as our family is originally from Abruzzo and we recently visited Italy for the first time. The dinner and experience at Le Virtu did not disappoint! We were seated at a great table in the front of the restaurant. Our server was very attentive and helpful, especially with my 92 year old grandmother who was with us. At the end of our meal, the owner stopped by our table and spoke to us about the inspiration for the restaurant and the menu and his experiences in Abruzzo. He also sent over complimentary digestif! I am so happy we decided to dine at Le Virtu. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a exceptional meal, wonderful service, and great atmosphere.
Excellent service and menu. Great dining experience. Don't miss this gem.
Our third visit ~ each has been delightful! Small attentive bar, and lovely dining outdoors when the weather permits( our first visit was an unseasonably warm October night-perfect!). We’ve ordered the exceptional charcuterie 2x as an app to split for 2-great selection of meats, cheeses , delicious grilled bread/ pickled veggies, too. On our last visit we tried the bruschetta - similar in presentation to the charcuterie, only with delicious scoops of salads and spreads to top the grilled bread...Whipped ricotta with ramps, lentils, radicchio and 3 more - more than ample for 2-3 people. We left nothing (!)on the beautiful wooden slab on which it was presented. We opted for a special veal sausage with shaved fennel- on the spicy side, yummy! We ordered two pasta dishes, perfect for sharing - one a seasonal special of extra thin tagliatelle with olive oil.,lemon, ramps and pecorino, the other a pasta with tomatoes and lobster. ( try it with the single- strand pasta!) Virtually every item on their menu sounded delish...it was a hard choice! We skipped the larger full-size entrees...having too much fun with all the tastings. The sauces are very fresh, flavorful aDON’T skip dessert. Again, every one was enticing. Had the orange polenta cake on a previous visit and our most recent visit included homemade biscotti ( a variety of 4) and a dish of expresso gelato. Yum! The variety of good Italian wines are reasonably priced , both by the glass and bottle. We love the vibe- friendly, attentive service, cozy atmosphere. Def Worth the 45 min trip from the ‘burbs! Looking forward to trying one of their special wine pairing-5 course dinners soon.
Great place, even with a toddler. Food is phenomenal, service was good. Wine list is a little small, but good for the place. All in all a great spot.
We were visiting Philly for a birthday weekend. I am a seasoned chef in NYC so when I saw Le Virtu on eater listed as a must visit if you are in Philly so I decided to take my family there for my son's 6th birthday dinner. The food was far below average. While it seemed that the ingredients used had some merit, the cooking technique and seasoning were sub-par. Everything came to the table salty and lack luster. My boys usually will kill a plate of spaghetti with cheese and butter in minutes but the kids spaghetti that was served was so salty and under cooked that they barely ate it. My pasta dish was also over seasoned and eh; my wife's pork dish was generic and elementary at best. The best thing about our experience was our waiter and the wine. I know how hard it is to run a business so I wish them the best of luck but please taste the food before it leaves the kitchen... its obvious that no-one is doing that.
Loved our meal! Would go back and the fresh pasta was yummy
Le Virtu is a Philadelphia treasure. The restaurant is owned by an Italian foodie who is passionate about Abruzzi cooking. The menu follows the authentic order of three courses, with each dish being better than the next. The meat and cheese plate is simple, but delicious, the pasta is fresh and homemade, and the meat is tender and flavorful. Le Virtu is obviously a favorite of Philadelphians looking for authentic Italian cooking, as we spotted Sylvester Stallone out for dinner the same night we were there. Overall, Le Virtu is a can't miss spot in the South Philly restaurant scene.
Great restaurant and great service and food
Prepared beautifully and presentation stunning. Wait staff and manager was very friendly and
welcoming. Each dish was unique and perfectly seasoned.
Always lovely and it was a beautiful night on the patio
First night of outdoor dining for the season. A beautiful evening with delicious food, great wine, live accordion/clarinet music, and a soft breeze. Friday night doesn’t get any better.
I really enjoy this restaurant, it is a hybrid BYOB so you can order a cocktail, wine or beer from them or bring your own. They specialize in authentic cuisine from Puglia and Abruzzo so it isn't your S.Philly red-gravy Italian ( which I love as well) but an artisanal food experience with homemade pastas and regional specialties made with high quality ingredients. We really enjoyed the mussels and calamari with cannelloni beans, the taccozzelle pasta with veal ragu and the gnocchetti with mushrooms. The wine list is very regional but limited so if you only drink Super Tuscans or Barolos, for instance, you should bring them. service was very good, friendly and super knowledgeable. It's really good food in a casual friendly atmosphere. This was consistent with several previous experiences.
We've longed to go to Le Virtu and finally made a reservation. The dinner was excellent and the wait staff was very attentive. We both enjoyed the fact that entrees aren't brought out before the appetizers are finished. Since we're both vegetarian it's nice to see a moderately priced restaurant have something for everyone.
Our 3rd time there, always good. Fabulous pastas !
All of the dishes were quite good, lamb skewers, lobster spaghetti, braised lamb for me, companions enjoyed their meals as well. Small but superb wine list, amazingly knowledgeable waitress that helped us through the unfamiliar spots on the menu. Second time there, and probably will be back (we're from Boston). A very good to great restaurant. A lovely evening.
If you ever find yourself in Philadelphia(the city of brotherly love and at least 1000 Italian restaurants), head over to Le Virtu on East Passyunk. Beautiful decor, excellent service from Gabe, and best of all, one of the most delicious Italian meals we’ve ever had. From first course to dessert, the flavors were outstanding and the portions did not disappoint nor overwhelm. An Easter Sunday dinner to remember. Thanks to our friend Mike Pignatauro for sharing his family’s favorite place with us...now it’s ours too.😇
No complaints! Chef’s Sunday-Monday special ($35) was an incredible deal, allowing our table to try a variety of dishes without feeling gluttonous. Everything was absolutely delicious — charcuterie, bread, gnocchi, lamb, coffee and biscotti. Top notch.
Love love love the new chef!!
Great service, very friendly staff. Nice bar and out door seating in season.
We tried Le Virtu after recommendations from friends who live in the Philadelphia area. We dined on a Sunday evening. It was relatively quiet in the restaurant and our waitress was pleasant. The food was good, but it was not the best Italian I've had in Philly. The space is quaint and very authentic. I imagine that it's very pleasant to dine outside when the weather allows. All in all a good experience, but probably would choose some place else the next time.
Wonderful meal at Le Virtù. We live in the neighborhood but for years have limited our trips to Le Virtù because of the salt content of the food— that was not a concern this trip! We were pleasantly surprised. The prawns and lamb dishes we had were delicious. The service was attentive and non-intrusive.
Fantastic. Food , Service and Atmosphere make this our favorite
This lovely Italian restaurant, in the heart of South Philly, is an easy and fast drive from the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The salad was incredibly fresh with a vinaigrette dressing that made the flavors pop. The bread was deliciously artisan and homemade. The pork ravioli was light and flavorful. The chocolate cake and gelato were incredible. We hope to return on a warm spring or summer day when we can sit outside on the gated patio.
I was so happy to dine here. The food was great, the staff was friendly, it is comfortable, and we were promptly seated. I've been to Abruzzo, and I can say that the Abruzzese food served here is authentic and delicious. LOVE!
Delicious food and amazing service. We'll be back. Can't wait to try out their patio when the weather warms up.
Never tasted better pasta in my life. Meaty, al dente, perfect. Asked for a quiet table away from the bar for my birthday - and got it. Wonderful view thru the window of the outdoor mural. Service knowledgable and excellent. We asked our waiter to slow down the courses so we could linger over our dinner, and he did. Appetizers excellent. Entrees excellent. Olive oil chocolate cake perfect.
We went for restaurant week. I’ve been once before and had a lovely time so I wanted to bring my fiancé. I wasn’t impressed with the service at all. Our waiter was unfriendly and short with us. Disappointed overall.
We went on a Tuesday nite during restaurant week. It was quiet and not crowded. Service was impeccable. Loved our food- delicious and a great value for $35 p.p. Also, there’s no corkage fee to bring your own wine on Tuesday nites. I’m sure a “regular” meal would be a lot more expensive. They have a beautiful outdoor courtyard that would be nice to try in Warner weather.
Excellent all around... and that is from a foodie and a chef. The noise level was admittedly high for a Monday night and though I found myself screaming at times across the table, I was also screaming inside with delight at all the great food and the vibes in the place! The Nero d'Avola in our glasses helped too!