Le Virtu

4.6
1040 reviews
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Italian

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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CB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. It was obvious that the chef is talented and committed to quality and fresh local food. The octopus was out of this world. The fresh pasta was perfect. Finished it off with an excellent panna cotta. Highly recommended.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome place. Our server was very knowledgeable and service was excellent , will be back soon

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Threw all the food at us at once. Didn’t even fit on table. Rude and couldn’t be bothered with us
Will never go back and this was t our first time here.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday, the food was pretty good. The staff was overall very friendly. I thought the food was a bit expensive for small portions. But if you are looking for really good pasta this is your place

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

6 of us dined there and the pasta was amazing as was the protein. Even our vegetarian had a great experience

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CK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with fabulous menu. Homemade pastas are amazing. Our service was wonderful with a terrific wine recommendation (and not the most expensive bottles!).

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KP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous menu, excellent service, and wonderful setting. Want to go back when they have a movie playing outside on their enchanting patio area.

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Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my first time and I will be back! I went with neighbors who have been here many times. It was delicious! The price fixed menu on Sunday and Monday’s is an excellent value. Portions are slightly smaller I’m told.

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M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best description of Le Virtu I can offer is simple - a true Italian experience of the region in every way. If you can’t make it to Italy, this is the next best thing.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place.
Amazing food and super friendly staff

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was superb! Especially enjoyed the mussels and calamari appetizer the octopus appetizer. The waiter was a little disconnected.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was very good but the food was quite bland and in my opinion very overpriced. There was no wow factor to any of the dishes served.

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S
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. An incredible restaurant that excels in authentic cuisine and decor. The wine choices alone make it worth the visit. Will return again and again now that we have found this gem

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g
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 1st time to Le Virtu. It is a very charming little restaurant. The menu offered a different spin on Italian cuisine. It was more rustic. The food was quite flavorful and delicious. Our waiter was Gabriel. He was very attentive but more engaging and very helpful. He's definitely an asset to the restaurant.

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EN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, the service was great and very friendly. The waiter and the host were knowledgeable and helpful. My S.O. and I ordered the cheese plate (Formaggi) and the Prosciutto as appetizers and they were both so flavorful. The cheese plate was an excellent sampling of hard and soft cheeses with a spicy pepper jam and honey to complement the flavors of the cheeses. The prosciutto was served sliced as thin as I've ever seen it, with little onions and crisp watercress, drizzled in balsamic. Every flavor was balanced perfectly - sweet and salty with sharp and tangy. For main course, I got the special, which had lamb sausage and fettucine with pecorino, which was amazing. I wouldn't normally love lamb, but the lamb sausage had no trace of gaminess. The pasta was exactly al dente, and the pecorino/sauce was so delicious I couldn't stop myself from finishing the entire plate.
My S.O. ordered the Steelhead Trout in the brown butter sauce and he couldn't stop talking about how good it was. He also got the house Martini (vodka with limoncello) and, given that he typically prefers beer, I was shocked when he ordered a second one. We also ordered a side of broccoli rabe (it's one of my favorites), and devoured it. We managed to have enough room for dessert (somehow), both had coffee and we shared the panna cotta and the biscotti assortiti. Again, I can't convey how delicious it all was. And the waitstaff was attentive (without being overbearing) and very friendly.

I normally can't finish a restaurant meal, but somehow I managed to share appetizers, finish my entire entree, and have some dessert. That is a testament to how great the food is at Le Virtu. I have already recommended it to friends and family and plan to bring my parents next time they visit from Connecticut.

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B
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall we enjoyed the outdoor seating very much. I am not a fan of corkage fees - I think it’s ridiculous to charge $15 to open a bottle of Champagne! Way too much red pepper in all of the food- even though I told the waiter that I am not a fan of pepper & he assured me it wouldn’t be too spicy. A bit overpriced too.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to treat some colleagues from the UK to a meal in the city at a place that’s special to me. It was special to them, as well!

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RS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was fabulous and deserves a 5 star rating. The waiter, not so much. One of the guests in our party of 4 has a severe food allergy to peppers of any variety. When the waiter was asked if the lamb shank entree was prepared with peppers(deep concern about the allergy), he rolled his eyes as if to say “what a dumb question”. Then he said he didn’t think peppers were used but he wasn’t sure. Our guest then asked if he would check with the kitchen. He agreed to do it; went back immediately and talked with the chef. However he “punished” us for 15 minutes or longer by going to every other table he had to check on those diners before returning to take our order. Based on his attitude, I’m not sure we will return to this restaurant.

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S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and vegetarian (note: not vegan) friendly. Server was knowledgeable, didn’t rush us, and ambiance was great, especially for a warm spring night.

Cheese course was good, but the accouterments were not substantial enough for the generous cheese portions. We both commented how excellent the olive oil was - a simple, but memorable part.

We then had the pecorino agnolotti and savory crepes and both were equally good - homemade pasta can’t be beat.

We then had a fine, but not memorable dessert, the budino.

Biggest downside was we also had a bottle of wine, which tasted fine, but quite overpriced. I expected more from a $65 bottle. The food was a good value, but the drink was not.

We will be back for the entrees, but won’t add wine to our meal and will also reconsider dessert next time.

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F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by friendly chat and seated immediately even though the Schuykill Expressway traffic made us 20 mins late. We settled into drinks after a brief menu review and we were comfortable with everything. The menu is a one-pager with the perfect blend of pastas, primo and secondi; I felt like I was in Tuscany. The pastas were small; I wanted two in the first place but thought that’d be too much. I’m a hearty eater when it comes to Italian food so I could have had two. Regardless, mine was unbelievable as was my wife’s. I followed that with a perfect veal chop and broccoli-rab. Meg eats a bit light (she only weighs about 100 pounds) and had chhese, lentil soup and salad and loved it all. Honestly, I can’t wait to go back. I think Le Virtu is one of my top 2 or 3 restaurant choices on the east coast.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Really good, and interesting flavors. The freshly made pasta was cooked to perfection. The service was charming, and the whole experience was pleasant and relaxing.

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J
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely gem! Food and atmosphere were wonderful! I will definitely be back.

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P
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience: wonderful service, terrific menu and everything was delicious. We wanted to support Le Virtu for their social values AND food- and can't wait to go back.

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VB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, atmosphere all outstanding. Great wines, even better digestivi.

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AD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Reminded me of Sundays when I was a child as my family is Italian. I plan to return with my elderly mother, she'll love it.

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BF
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a very pleasant evening.
Each course was delicious.
The Gamberini E. Ceci was an outstanding beginning .
The pastas are outstanding.
Looking forward to dining again soon at le Virtu.

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g
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great pasta! Other items are good but perhaps not as strong. Nice casual atmosphere with good cocktails and a decent (and reasonably priced) wine list.

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RF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Le Virtu. Our party of four picked the Sunday/Monday dinner which was two courses with a glass of wine for $35 each. Generous sized portions expertly paired with lovely wines. My secundi course was the single strand pasta which was possibly the best pasta I have had in my life. We were on the early side with a 4:00 reservation and felt like we had a private dining room Very knowledgeable waiter steered us to delicious selections. Don't know why we haven't been back here in so long, but the next visit won't be so long a wait.

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CC
Philadelphia
318 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We don't get here as often as we used to, because we're retired and no longer downtown daily. But it's still a wonderful place with some unique dishes, a fine staff, and a delightful vibe. The mussels & calamari appetizer is one of my wife's favorites, and I enjoyed the lamb arrosticini - I only wish there were a bit more meat on each skewer, as it was a bit sparse. My wife's maccheroni alla mugnaia (which is essentially aglio e olio) was a fine staple, and I enjoyed the spaghetti with lobster. A very nice 2010 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo was on the "decant" list at a reasonable price (for a restaurant ) and very enjoyable. We still love the place!

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n
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Food. Great waitress and personalized service.

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SA
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We just had a great time. Server was knowledgeable about the food and the wine list. Our homemade pastas were great. The food was more part of a fun night out than the main event for us tonight, and it was perfect for that!

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WL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our number one Philly dining out experience in the last ten years and we have visited some very highly rated Philly restaurants.
Everything, starting from the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out was wonderful.
All of it, service, food, music, sound volume and lighting, and thank you Le Virtu for having salt and pepper on the table. I didn’t use any because the food was, for me perfectly salted, but it was nice to have just in case I needed a hit. Bravo!

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JD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal at Le vertu. On Sunday and Monday they currently host a price fixed three course dinner. This enabled us to explore the menu in some depth. Everything beautifully prepared. Highly recommend

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J
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience, wonderful blend of good food and good service

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DK
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took two friends who are very familiar with Italy (including, specifically, the Abruzzi) to dinner and they were dazzled. Everything was delicious. The maccheroni alla chitarra with lamb ragu' are totally authentic and scrumptious. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the wine list has some great choices. The space is small and the noise level was very high - that and the parking(!) were the only downsides. It's probably best to come and go with Uber if you're not coming from the 'burbs as we were.

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MP
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our first time at Le Virtu. The food is fantastic and the service extremely friendly and helpful. We had a small wait for our table, and the only negative is that there is not a great area to wait if you need to be inside and the bar is full. Other than that, it is all that it is billed to be as a top restaurant in Philly. We will be back!

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m
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was a basically good meal, not exciting, but good. I didn't find the choices inspiring, but among the first courses both the prawns and the octopus salad were tasty. The octopus was a little too cold - it had apparently been made ahead of time and refrigerated. A pasta with lobster dish had not many pieces of lobster. A special of porchetta with cannellini and broccoli rabe had the most potential and was good, if very fatty. The cannellini were too soft, probably because we ate late; the beans had probably been reheated a few too many times. Dessert was the only disappointment.

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L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited for East Passayunk restaurant week and had a lovely dinner. Portions were just right. Food was pretty good, but nothing really stood out. Nothing beats the restaurant week deal though, so I’d return again!

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FC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I grew up in Abruzzo, the region of Italy whose food is featured in this restaurant (the very name is the name of a dish from Abruzzo and Teramo in particular). I found the dishes authentic in flavor and well balanced. The dessert "Lu Parrozz' " was really good.

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