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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.

1927 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Juniper & Mifflin

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 271-5626

Website:
http://www.levirtu.com/

Catering:
Phone inquiries only.

Parking Details:
Valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings; street and nearby lot parking the remainder of the week.

Public Transit:
Snyder Ave. stop on SEPTA/Broad Street subway.

Executive Chef:
Joe Cicala

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:15PM

Le Virtu Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Special Occasion (17)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Authentic (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Cozy (9)
Casual (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Fun (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Scenic View (4)
Seasonal (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 12 hours ago

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

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Love this place and have been coming for years but the food wasn’t as we remembered it. Maybe it was an off night. We will come back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As usual perfecto! Le Virtu never lets us down. Outstanding food and service. Andrew goes out of his way to make you feel at home as does everyone else. The fresh ingredients, their knowledge and the wines are the best in the city.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food, the service, the ambiance, make this a lovely place to dine and spend time with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The homemade pasta was amazing. This place never disappoints!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food! Great service BYOB Tuesday I love it

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Authentic Italian cuisine. Great menu; perfectly prepared. Service was excellent! Can't wait to return!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Le Virtu never disappoints. The pastas are about the best in Philly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Creatively prepared food and impressive service. Waitstaff was very knowledgeable about vegetarian and gluten free options as well as about the wine offerings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious, creative food. Beautifully plated. Great service. A wonderful evening!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Pasta was fresh and delicious. Pork chop was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Difficult to find since sign is recessed. Looks like just a garden but if you look carefully you can see the sign and door.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent restaurant, great food and service. Thank you! I'll be back.

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 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of our favourite restaurants in Philly. We took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and sat outside despite it being well into October. Food was fantastic, and our waitress was friendly without being over the top. Can't recommend it enough.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Still my favorite place in Philly. Food and service is over the top!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Beautiful outdoor seating. Quiet and romantic ambiance. Service was excellent. Food was excellent. Only reason I don't think I could recommend this restaurant is because the portions were so small. Everyone left hungry. :(

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

They intuited that we were sharing our dishes, which we were, and split them accordingly. The service was friendly and not intrusive.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My first visit tonight for my Birthday. Food and Service was fantastic. Couldn't ask for a better dining experience.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Questionable service, decent food, horrendous wine selection and even worse markup.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

What a fabulous restaurant! The food was outstanding, from the Appetizers to the dessert. They had a reasonably priced wine list. The staff could not have been more accommodating. We cannot wait to return.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Outstanding
Authentic excellent all around service
Meal extra ordinary
Looking forward to Fall menu

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and excellent service at Le VIrtu. One of many excellent spots on East Passyunk Ave.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Everything was very good to excellent. The strongest selections were the grilled octopus, the Barrata, the pasta dishes. This was followed by the lamb porterhouse. The weakest dish of the night was the seafood medley

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Sunday evening post Eagles game date. Food was fantastic. That pork chop is something else. Service was great. It was very noisy after a large party was seated in our small room, though.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always a great meal, looking forward to the new menu

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Chicken dish was good but 2 wings broken in half to 4 pieces and a mouthful of white meat ! mostly bones 😩😩😩

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

As always amazing This is a must for worndelful hand made pasta, excellent appetizers and great desserts. Their wine list complements their dishes and most are reasonably priced

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2017

came here for the first time before the Lady Gaga concert. Excellent service, great outdoor seating and the pasta was superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Entree was delicious. Pasta was disappointing-rather bland. House wine was great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was exceptional and the service was perfect. My first time in the restaurant and I will definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I have come to find out that my favorite weekend Italian Restaurant on East Passyunk is also a great place to take business assiciates. Food, ambiance, and service are great here!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Casual
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