Le Virtu

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Italian

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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OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pastas, the zucca was wonderful! Kids ate from the menu and enjoyed everything. So happy I stumbled across this little place. Staff was great too. Awesome deal on Sunday and Monday $35 per person multi course with a glass of wine!

SO
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was terrible & waiter was rude!!!

C
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

While the food was good it was not exceptional especially for the price. The squash appetizer was amazing but the tagliatelle with wild boar sauce was average & very oily. Drinks were very expensive - $15 for a glass of wine & $18 for a Manhattan. The noise level made it impossible to clearly hear the person sitting across from you. And while I don’t mind dinner music the accordion player & clarinetist were WAY too loud for such a small venue. Definitely was not needed. First time here & don’t think I will be going back.

d
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and service !

CG
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary dinner. We had our rehearsal dinner at Le Virtu ten years ago. Our lovely dinner this week reminded us of warmth and beauty of the earlier night. Just perfect.

JS
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian dinners we ever enjoyed. What an incredible treasure. The bread was ridiculously fresh and perfectly dense. Meatballs with surprisingly slight heat are award winning. The pastas leave you without words. Visiting from NYC and will be sure to come back ASAP. Five stars.

GS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit at Le Vitru started with a warm welcome by the lovely hostess. We were early and had a drink at the bar and she let us sit down early for our reservation. Our server was highly knowledgeable about the menu and the food was amazing, we shared a pasta special then I had the monk fish and my date had the lamb. All of the dishes were absolutely wonderful. On top of that there was live music. It was so romantic and I can’t wait to go back there.

m
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Had roast pork bruschetta app
Chicken entree and macaroni n lobster. Service was great!!!

S
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The outdoor seating was great for a nice night. The service was well paced and our server was attentive. Good wines. Had an aglianico.

NJ
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always excellent representation of classic Abrusese food and great Italian wine. Eating outdoors on a warm September evening made it especially good

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for al fresco dining. Knowledgeable staff.

t
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was great!

RL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, and we got to sit outside under the stars on the beautiful patio. Would highly recommend!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out side and enjoyed a perfect meal we will definitely be back

ND
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course was delicious and our waiter was friendly and inviting.

d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always amazing. Not once has the food or experience been anything short of outstanding. Could'nt reccommend this place enough!

BH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I thought the food was excellent but it was over priced by at least 20%. I also thought the wine list was lacking. I was under the impression there was a better wine list but I think the reds started at $65 and went up. Not great value. Wine in the US is typically over priced but we were disappointed about this. We had 4 wines by the glass which was over $50. Two pastas, two antipasto, one espresso and split a dessert. Our bill was $144 before a tip. Just not the right value for us given all the competition on that street. We probably will not be back.

Le Virtu
Responded on September 18, 2019

This puzzles us. Perhaps you confused us with another restaurant? Our red wines begin at $45. We have no less than 7 red wines that come in at under the price you stated. So, what you say above is simply untrue. We also have 9 wines BTG that cost between 9 and 12 dollars, which would have made the cost for 4 under $50. Perhaps you forgot all this before writing the review? We will gladly provide you with the list if you'd like to check. Thanks!

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w
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really solid E Passayunk Italian. Was a little bit warm inside the restaurant, but otherwise great night. Reasonably priced and very good wines. Homemade pastas excellent. Great spot.

VV
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect night to dine outside. The pasta was cooked to perfection, and the veal chop was exceptional.....

R
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Virtu is always a pleasure. It's hard to decide what deserves most praise--the attentive but not obtrusive service? The imaginative menu? The generous, fairly priced pours? The mural facing the dining porch? Perhaps the daily specials that really are special? Whatever might be deemed tops, the best thing is that all are excellent. Go. Now.

C
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Abruzzo regional dishes, home made pastas, spectacular desserts, seafood, fish, lamb, and pork Italian nonna style

D
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service.
We sat outside and enjoyed ourselves.

R
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. The menu choices were numerous and intriguing and the quality was at a very high standard. Our table location was such that the wait staff was delayed in being able to attend to our needs expeditiously. Overall, the dining experience was excellent.

CD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Great appetizers but very disappointed in the entrees. While they seemed to be understaffed, our server was very knowledgeable and helpful with wine and food choices.

c
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Really great quality and fresh well prepared dishes.

m
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and creative as usual!

c
Philadelphia
143 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very nice dinner with excellent service and food. I highly recommend this place as I believe it is the best Italian in Philly.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had anything I disliked here.

B
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner with out of town guests. Everybody enjoyed the food and the ambiance. We had an early dinner so the restaurant was nearly empty, but the scene was fun and the service was very good.

MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific! Keep up the great job! Great Bar too

IM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, and our server was able to suggest some superb wine pairings for everything we ordered!

SP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food in the city. The service is attentive and not overbearing. Sitting on the patio on a comfortable night is the best.
Try any of the homemade pasta dishes for a treat to your taste buds.

o
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wine. Lovely outdoor seating. Wonderful service. Bring quarters for parking which is easy early on. I do believe they also have valet parking but I'm not sure - so do call and ask.

EM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Sat outside, the food, service and atmosphere was amazing. Perfect place for a date.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Very good food. Nice cocktails. Service was a bit slow but the waiter was very friendly. West outside. Some of interior seating is a little lacking for a restaurant with such a nice reputation.

G
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening, so we chose to sit outside in the courtyard adjacent to the restaurant’s building. Everything about the evening was perfect—the menu, our particular food choices, the lack of ear-splitting noise, and the terrific service. No wonder we go to Le Virtù at least a few times every year and recommend it to friends and family.

S
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant! Excellent food, brilliant wait staff.

HS
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! My only complaint is that I waited so long to get there! The service was terrific, the wine choices were great, and we enjoyed every bit of food we received. The pastas were delicious and so fresh. We highly recommend and cannot wait to go back.

BR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place close to stadiums. Food was great service was enjoyable

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