Le Virtu

4.7
979 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was really good and the restaurant is beautiful. However, our server seemed to not pay attention to our table -- for example, the waiter took the orders from people who came in after us and they were served before us . Then he forgot to put in one of our orders so our meal took over 2 hours. Lots of waiting. Go for the food and not the service.

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l
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted at the door by a very friendly woman, our waitress was wonderful and the food was outstanding. I will be back!

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TA
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

LeVirtu is a classic. consistently great. haven't been there in a while but as good as I remember it. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, food, wine and ambiance was perfect. Even with the Sunday special the portions were generous and the chef extras amazing. We look forward to our return and hope to have Gabrielle serve us again. We also appreciate the sound absorbion of the ceiling . Noise is a real factor in many other restaurants.

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m
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pasta and overall experience. Our waiter was so helpful in helping us choose the right portions and wine to ensure a great meal and experience.

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DF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Virtu lives up to its reputation. The appetizers were fantastic. We had the baked cheese and the octopus. Both outstanding! Our entrees were homemade pastas, one with lamb and one with mushrooms and homemade sausage. We would highly recommend the restaurant, the ambiance the service, the food. Our server was very attentive and the overall service was wonderful. The neighborhood is fun and cute and worth walking around and exploring. Overall a great experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day was perfect thanks to Le Virtù. The food was top tier and the service was fantastic!

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TF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, attentive service. Loved the octopus antipasti and the truffle and mushroom pasta.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Virtu was amazing! I went with a group of girlfriends and we had a great time. Service was wonderful and I have no complaints at all! Will be coming back for more!

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JR
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Been there a number of times and never disappointed. Food is outstanding, wine list is limited but good. Best thing about this last visit was the Sunday Monday dinner special: 3 Course Meal $35. Order off the regular menu, but portions are a bit(?) downsized but plenty. Incredible value.

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DC
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great and service was as well. Main dining room too noisy. Could not hear my friends talking. Have been ther 3 times and the food and service was consistently great. Hope they can do something to fix the noise level!

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E
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We ordered a bottle of wine and The waiter switched it and gave us another bottle same with a dish we ordered

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a
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm always on the lookout for "something different." Le Virtu presents Abruzzese cuisine, one not found at many U.S. restaurants, and this is what attracted my attention. This is no chicken parm kind of place (not that there's anything wrong with that). If you like seafood, you might tried the brodetto. The fish was moist and the broth flavored both the fish and shellfish with a peppery finish.

We took advantage of the $35 "tasting menu" (antipasta, primi, secondi, and beautifully presented biscotti for dolce). The portions were smaller than the full menu but were perfect for having that many courses. All of the choices on the menu except 2 of the meat courses are available on the tasting menu if everyone on the table orders it and each person can choose different dishes. Of course, we had wine, digestivi, coffee, and another dessert, so the bill was higher but reasonable for what we had. Along with regional cuisine, regional wines were featured that are unusual to find in the neighborhood Italian-American joint.

As it happened one of the wait staff is from Abruzzo and patiently listened to my fractured Italian. She also told us about the food of the region and recommended the digestivi that were homemade and native to Abruzzo. This was perfect because the main waiter was also taking care of a very large group in another dining room and had to split his time.

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Le Virtu. The food was fabulous, and the server was very helpful with the wine list. We are not so well educated about Italian wines, but he selected excellent ones for us based on our preferences in French wines. He also was very well informed about the sources of the ingredients in our dishes, which were largely from local farms. Our pasta course was superb! Pasta was fresh and done to perfection, and so were the shrimp. The noise level was low to moderate. We could easily hold a conversation. We've already recommend Le Virtu to several friends and look forward to returning ourselves.

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you must try authenticAbruzzo food then travel no further!

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FC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing service and food the other night! I highly recommend the lamb skewers and meatballs to start, taccozzelle pasta and country chicken (first time having it)...every secondi we’ve had has been delicious though. I’d also recommend the wine on tap in a carafe to get the biggest bang for your buck. Always a great time here!

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AJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great service was excellent

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girl date with my Mom! Everything was perfect and delicious!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly authentic Abruzzi cuisine just like you get over there.

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L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Virtu is a go to place for my fiance and me. Portions are appropriate. The paste is so good I could probably eat a HUGE dish but they give you a perfect size dish so you walk out full but not overly stuffed. Also the sunday special they are offing at this time is amazing. 3 smaller portions of items from their three part menu for $30 or $35 (i forget if it was 30 or 35). It was the perfect amount of food! add wine to your order, then pricing goes up a good amount. You think you'll have a $100 tab and before you know it, you're at $200!

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S
Philadelphia
290 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been dining here more frequently and expect to continue doing so. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food has been delicious, a clear step beyond the multitude of Italian restaurant offerings in the area. They have a good wine list and by the glass choices with various price points. We recommend giving LeVirtu a try.

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K
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative prices fixe! You won’t be sorry to dine at this establishment that is excellent in every respect

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place Reminds me of my grandmoms kitchen. I go every year for my birthday. This year had a cold made me whiskey and honey.
Couldn't ask for more

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food for all four of us.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This place has decent food; but the service is HORRIBLE (all CAPS on purpose). Stay away until they can focus on the customer instead of focusing on themselves.

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CC
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Virtu is perfect...great food, exceptional service, and warm hospitality. This proved a perfect venue to host a very special birthday!

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JR
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been there a number of times. Food is consistently good. Service is always friendly and knowledgeable.

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent and the ambiance ideal. I felt like I was back in Italy. I can't wait to try their outdoor seating when the weather improves.

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DC
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Kudos for the chef! Atmosphere was nice and quiet. First restaurant were we were able to enjoy terrific food and were able to talk to each other. Music was delightful (accordion and clarinet) and the service was great.

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JM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent food, excellent service, could use table cloths and charge more money

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DC
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

First, the good: Our server was absolutely fantastic -- knowledgeable, on top of everything, great recommendations. We very much enjoyed our wine. The atmosphere is cozy and fresh, and the tables are far enough apart that we didn't feel crowded. And we enjoyed watching the open kitchen. On the other side, the food was uneven. One dish was exceptional -- the prosciutto salad. It was so incredibly flavorful, although it could use a bit more prosciutto. Another appetizer, the croquettes, was tasty and well-executed. We had significant problems with our entrees. One was poorly executed, the other just not that tasty. And I'd skip desert entirely if we were to return. It tasted like orange-flavored sawdust. It seemed like it had been in a refrigerator for days.

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Z
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 5 and everyone agreed that there wasn't one dish that wasn't excellent

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a nice birthday dinner with the family. The appetizers and pastas were terrific. Our waiter was very attentive and had a broad knowledge of the wine selections as well as the entrees. We will be back.

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S
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been a number of times. Never disappointed.

Would recommend.

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S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and ambience are magnificent! Le Virtu is a must-go!

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h
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been coming here for over 10 years. The dinners are always gracefully seasoned and flavorful. My wife had a simple house made fettuccine with rock shrimp in white wine and butter that was both simple and elegant at the same time. My monkfish with clams, calamari and shrimp in a spicy tomato broth was perfectly cooked. Service was quietly thorough and, in fact has always been that way. This restaurant has been consistently excellent over the years even with the inevitable changing of chefs and they have never missed a step. A true Philadelphia treasure.

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F
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I am not one to write bad reviews at all. I typically go to byobs all across philly and never had this experience.
- we didnt order an app which seemed to make our server forget about us.
- only had on special on their over priced menu
- loved the accordion they had going and gave an awesome ambiance.
- had a birthday at our table which we set weeks in advance and I guess our table couldnt get a candle and slide of cake even when we said we would pay..... weird

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CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Recently celebrated a birthday here. Food was amazing. Nice size wine list. Service was excellent. The music reminded me of dining at an outside cucina in Rome. Awesome experience will absolutely return.

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N
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good restaurant experience. Food is authentic Italian and a very good wine list from Abruzzi.

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TC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Found this restaurant on the Eater list, and had a nice dinner with colleagues. They have gluten free pasta, though I'd recommend one of the meat dishes for a more well rounded meal. Very tasty.

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