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.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Juniper & Mifflin
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Phone inquiries only.
Valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings; street and nearby lot parking the remainder of the week.
Snyder Ave. stop on SEPTA/Broad Street subway.
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Le Virtu Ratings and Reviews
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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