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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Went during restaurant week for special menu. Interesting choices, all well prepared and good value. Even with a 5:45 reservation, the restaurant was buzzing and lively. I would not categorize Le Virtu as "fine dining," but it certainly was above the typical neighborhood Italian restaurant. The wine choices were fairly limited, but reasonably priced and the bourbon cocktail was scrumptious. A nice basket of bread, meatball and cace de ova appetizers with a rich ragu without too much garlic or onion, a Nonna's Sunday dinner chicken dish, and freshly made wide noodles with sausage and mushroom sauce made a satisfying meal. A good tiramisu that did not need the chocolate and a small plate of delicious mixed biscotti and cookies finished up a meal doing a very good job of appealing to those who want "home-cooked" Italian meals, sometimes with an inventive twist. Our only complaint was the waiter, who, while pleasant, did not seem to know exactly what he was describing, could not answer our simple questions directly, had to be called back a few times to order and pay, and never asked if we wanted another cocktail. The rest of the serving staff stepped up nicely and took care of business. If I lived in Philadelphia, I would go here when I wanted a good Italian meal, and that's saying something because there are a lot of good Italian restaurants in Philadelphia. This one is well worth a visit.
Food was wonderful! Waitstaff very nice but a little of a wait.
My partner and I had a delicious meal. We shared the antipasto appetizer which was more than enough for 2. It included 3 kinds of outstanding italian meats, a cold bean salad, cold seasoned spinach, olives, chopped seasoned tomatoes ,with marinated grilled vegetables, pickle slices and a delicious cheese spread on wonderful bread.
I then had Brodetta (fish stew) which was brimming with calamari, shrimp, clams, mussels and a generous piece of monkfish in a really flavorful broth.
My partner ordered the tagliatelli with wild boar ragu, The pasta was light as air in contrast with the pieces of wild boar . Yum!
An unbelievably creamy dark chocolate sorbetto (House made ) ended an unforgettable meal !
Great chef ! Great service!
We loved the experience. We had great conversations with the brother of the owner, and our server. They made the evening special and the food was everything we hoped for. The wine selection fit perfectly! We’ll be back!
Since opening in 2007, Le Virtu has always done a superbly job with everything. The restaurant industry is extremely demanding, but the staff and owners go out of their way to serve the customer.
As always, the menu was diverse and interesting, every dish was delicious, and service was outstanding!
The food was delicious..service was a little scattered. We asked for no cheese on the salad...and it came out with cheese. Also, someone else’s order was delivered to our table. They could also use a little music in the dining room.
My daughter and I went to Le Virtu for restaurant week. Incredible food and service. Hope to come back when weather warmer to sit in outdoor patio area. A hidden gem!
Amazing food & amazing service! We will definitely be back :)
We were there for restaurant week on a night that would normally be byob. Because of restaurant week, they would only allow byob if you ordered from the regular menu which would have been fine had we been advised of that when we were seated or if there had been something about it on the website. Otherwise a great meal.
Happened to go during Restaurant Week and opted for that price fixed menus. I gotta admit I left still hungry but won’t pass judgement on portions during a promotion.
Simply put though, the food was amazing. As a 2nd generation Italian from Abruzzi.. everything was spot on! Tasted like the street vendors in Guilianova or eating homemade piñata a grandmoms.
The food was fantastic!
Very good meal for $35 on East Passyunk restaurant week. Looking forward to trying more there in the future.
Great service and great food, the handkerchief pasta(Taccozzelle) with pork, saffron and mushrooms is always my favorite. With a side of sautéed Brocolli rabe it is a meal fit for royalty. You can hold a normal conversation with guests because of the low noise level. Summertime dining on the patio is also a wonderful experience with the sounds of the city on East Passyunk avenue.
It was great. We will return. We are especially enthusiastic to eat in the outdoor space.
The food was fine. It wasn’t outstanding but it wasn’t terrible. The pasta itself was good. The signature Negroni was undrinkable- I love gin, I love Negronis but theirs was harsh and caustic. We ordered a cheese plate, the cheese selection was good, however, the server never bothered to stop by to tell us what we had on the board. The cheese to crack ration was absurd. You get four small crackers with three fairly large cheeses and the cheese accompaniments were also minuscule to the cheese provided. Our server was abrupt and disinterested. He took our order, the food runners brought the food, and then the server came by when our plates were cleared by the other floor staff to drop the check. He never came by to see if we needed anything or check on our table once the main dishes were dropped, and as mentioned didn’t explain the cheese plate. We observed his interactions with the other tables and they were getting the same treatment. We were nice and certainly not a high maintenance table (we both have service back grounds). We recently moved to the neighborhood and were excited to try this place by reputation. I don’t think we’d come back, the food didn’t make up for the service. Nothing was awful, it just wasn’t enough to prompt a return.
All of the food was delicious especially the interesting and different types of pasta. I loved the chestnut gnocchi with mushrooms. Good veg options. The recommended Abruzzi white wine could be smoother for my taste. The service was very hospitable, prompt, and pleasant. It was noisy only because of the other dinners, no loud music. When we had trouble finding our Lyft driver, the host offered to call a taxi for us. Overall, it was an excellent experience and I hope to return.
The food was fantastic. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and sweet. I love to taste different things on the menu so we ordered three different appetizers(roasted sweet potato, ricotta passita, pickled long hots, hazelnuts ,
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egg and pecorino croquettes, tomato, basil
squash puree’, piccante citrus vinaigrette
which were excellent.this was my first time experiencing food from the Abruzzo . Excellent!!!!! The Maccheroni alla mugnaia was superb.
Le Virtu is always a wonderful experience. I had a friend in town from NYC and brought her here. The pasta always tastes like it was made fresh. We were catching up and were not rushed and were able to enjoy ourselves. The pace that was set by the kitchen was perfect.
Very good food
Loved this place! Food was amazing service was great! Will definitely be back
We went here for Valentine’s Day last minute (a plus we were able to get in) for an early dinner with our one year old and it was nice, but nothing special. There was only one salad to choose from as a starter and it had blue cheese, which I’m not a fan of, but it couldn’t be substituted only removed. Sorry, I think $15 for a salad sans cheese is a little steep. Also, why not replace it with other cheese? Seems like a pretty simple/fairly common request.
We didn’t have a taste for any of the other starters so we we just each ordered pasta dishes. Mine was delicious, the Tacozelle (sp?) and my hubby liked the lobster pasta special but I tasted it and thought it was very fishy, which is unappetizing to me. Also, the server mentioned the portions are large and although certainly enough, we both cleared our plates and didn’t have any leftovers. That said, the price was commensurate with serving size. The wine was good and priced decently and the service was good. Not extremely attentive or really great but nothing lacked. We didn’t get dessert. The ambiance left a little to be desired. Again, nothing bad, we just weren’t impressed or blown away by the experience. Solid food. We prob won’t come back, just bc we have really enjoyed other places more!
Not up to our expectations. Meatballs dry. Pasta a bit salty. Swordfish and veal chop average. Tiramisu terrible
Scrippelle: Ricotta-filled crepe, eggplant, tomato, pecorino. Highly recommend, these were absolutely delicious!! 3👄Chestnut gnocchi: Chanterelle mushrooms, parmigiano reggiano. Mushrooms made this dish. The chestnut flavored gnocchi was a little too earthy tasting if you ran out of mushrooms, but had good texture.
NJ scallops: Squash puree’, piccante citrus vinaigrette. Light and fresh appetizer. Scallops were cooked well and the citrus vinaigrette paired nicely. Has a light kick.
Formaggi: Selection of Abruzzese and local cheeses, girasole honey. The pretzel looking stocks are actually little cookies which really brought up the flavor in the ricotta cheese. The honey was also very tasty, we asked for more!
Service was attentive but the waitress spoke quietly, making it difficult to hear the specials and anything they would speak about.
Excellent menu options, food was great, service was friendly and a bit laid back, which I like. Ambience was relaxed, simple, not fancy. Very pleased with our wine selection, too.
The restaurant did not disappoint, great service, and even better food/wine! Will definitely be returning.
We asked our server for house specialities, and he suggested the croquettes. No flavor; they were like dough balls basically, with sauce on top. The pastas were fine, but my mushrooms were overdone. It was a fine meal, but we won't be back. There is so much better Italian food in the city!
We always have pasta (at least) at Le Virtù and we're never disappointed. There's no need to state a preference, since every one is subtle and tasty. The cod soup is also excellent--more a chowder than a classic soup, but no less delicious for that. The wine selection both by bottle and by glass is very good and fairly priced for the pour. We rarely have enough room for dessert, but when we do they don't disappoint. If you're too full, there is also a very nice selection of after-dinner liqueurs, with the orange limoncello (to make a bad pun) a welcome surprise.
Excellent food and service
My wife is on a special diet so she wanted a salad with a protein on it, either chicken or shrimp. We were told this was not possible as this was an Abruzzo restaurant and they could not fulfill the request. That seemed to us to be a ridicolous response, but in the end, they would not add any chicken or shrimp to the salad.
Outstanding food, but portions were small, great selection of Italian wines and service was excellent.
Every dish was poorly executed, no balance, too much of everything. Felt like no one was in charge in the kitchen, just going on automatic. Very disappointing
Went here for a birthday dinner on a Saturday night. The place is as I remember it. Casual, but nice decor with well-dressed clientelle. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The portions are well done, without being massive. Just enough that you can get some of every course and not feel overly stuffed.
We had the meatballs and the roasted sweet potatoes to start. The meatballs were very meaty and flavored wonderfully. The sweet potatoes were well cooked - tender without being mushy. For both, the accompaniments were spot-on. We then shared the chestnut gnocchi and the agnolotti. The gnocchi were super earthy without being the remotest bit heavy. Well executed and not overly mushroomed. The agnolotti pasta was super thing and light with the perfect amount of goat cheese. Lastly, we split the veal chop, which was presented beautifully cut and plated between two plates. The chop was super juicy and well seasoned.
In short, great food and great service. I should go here much more often.
My husband and I were upset with the responses of our waiter and felt dismissed when we inquired about my wine pour. We thought it was lower than 5 oz.The food was excellent. We really love this restaurant, but we were disappointed with our service from the main waiter.
Always a great time here. Food never disappoints!
Very fun evening with delicious food and good service. Will return soon.
We had a lovely dinner. The sheep’s milk pasta and chestnut gnocchi are divine. Great wine selection too. Delicious!
Great food. Tight quarters. We were asked to vacate our table because we were told they needed it for another reservation. We had just finished our dessert.
I have enjoyed dining at Le Virtu for over 12 years and every time the food has been over the top! I live in Maine and visit a couple times per year, but do not dine at Le Virtu each time. My boyfriend works at the Walnut Street Theatre so cannot dine with me in the evenings so I have enjoyed dining at the bar solo which is delightful as well! He was able to be with me this last time and we both marveled at how much we miss the food and experience here. The roasted chestnut gnocchi and the special salad with roasted squash, pistachios and buffalo mozzarella with the sweet heat honey dressing was divine! I can always count on great vegetarian and seafood dishes at Le Virtu! I hope to be able to dine al fresco at some point, but I own a garden center so I cannot get away much during the summer/fall months.
I can always be sure of unique dishes and fabulous tastes! Thank you!
Le Virtu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 271-5626.
Le Virtu is rated 4.7 stars by 1231 OpenTable diners.
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