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
Tonight I tried Le Virtu for the first time with my girlfriend. The website makes a huge deal about how high quality the pasta is. We ordered 2 pasta dishes that were both mediocre at best. The texture of my girlfriends pasta was nothing short of offensive. Good pasta is soft, not chewy and hard. Also both entrees were a joke. I had their "special" dry-aged NY strip...horrible isn't the word. My girlfriend had chicken which was so bad she only took 2 bites and the waiter still didn't remove it from the bill (although I would never ask because I will just never return instead). The bread was stale and olive oil tasted worse then any I can remember. They don't season their food. No attention to detail. My girlfriend was getting very upset about the waiter walking past her repeatedly and failing to fill her empty glass with more water. All around this is by far the worst restaurant I have been to all year.
If you want to know whether my review actually has merit or if I just like to talk negatively then please see all of my Philly restaurant photos on my Instagram: finediningandnature
From the tasty drinks at the small but comfortable bar, to the impressive wine list and phenomenal food that our foursome had, the experience at Le Virtu (our first visit) was top-notch. Our server, Gabriel, was extremely knowledgeable and sociable, and professional throughout the experience. The tasteful, live music (played at a subdued volume, thank goodness) was an added and unexpected bonus. We definitely recommend Le Virtu for a special occasion, or even for a simple night out.
We've been to Le Virtu before and liked it, but this time we were seated in the same room as the live entertainment, which made it totally impossible to have any conversation. The restaurant was unwilling to ask the people playing the music to play a bit more softly. The food was heavy and the service was slow. All in all, not a great experience. I would not return.
We were looking to try a wine bar that also served food. We found a restaurant that served a limited wine selection.
When we asked the waiter if the restaurant served wine tastings. They had never done that before. He had to ask the owner. He came back and said that we could order three or four tastings from the wine list and they would be 1.5 oz pours but we would have to pay regular price for a full glass of wine. I am not making this up.
The food was very good, but expensive
The staff was okay, illegal aliens and all.
NOT THE WINE BAR ADVERTISE.
The food is fantastic! Best pasta I have tasted in center city area. The waiter was not so attentive - He didn’t seem so happy to be there and it showed. I specifically asked for no Calamari because of an allergy but the plate was brought full of calamari despite promising it wasn’t an issue.
I would return because of the excellent food and previous good service but he was an issue.
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.
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