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
Fantastic Italian food. We did the tasting menu. The octopus app and the burrata app were the best I’ve had. My next course was a veal ragu/mushroom pasta — seriously amazing flavor. My main was the veal shank which was tender and perfect. Our server was AZ who did an excellent job explaining how the dishes were prepared. Manager, Frederick Cratil recommended an amazing wine. All in all it was a great experience. Next time I’m back in Philly, this place is #1 for dinner!
We had a reservation for 2 and on our walk to Le Virtu ran into a good friend who joined us. The restaurant accommodated the change with ease. Salads, pasta entrees, and a tile fish special were all delicious. Nice touch when the kitchen served on two plates one salad my husband and I wanted to share. A special note on the tile fish: I like fish entrees served hot, not tepid, and it was perfectly done and hot. Excellent decaf cappuccinos and deserts. Comfortable noise level and no pushy, idiosyncratic music to interfere with conversation. Big thanks for that. And the red varietal glass of wine-on-tap was the best I've had on tap, fresh and a little complex.
I thought the people in the restaurant were very warm and friendly. The food was fair and contrived! I felt it needed to be simpler. For what it was I thought it was on the expensive side. I don't mind paying for food but the food flavors did not match the cost!
My service was impeccable. Food not so great and for the $$$$. I expected better. Passyunk Ave is loaded with restaurants probably will not return. Oh and I forgot to add our reservation was at 7:15. My family arrived at 7:20. And we were asked to wait another 20 mins. Me, my husband and 2 kids were huddled at the entrance with no were to sit at the bar. Kids were uncomfortable.
Neither of us was very impressed with our pasta dishes, though the pork appetizer was phenomenal and the brussel sprouts and dessert were delicious. In the end, we felt we paid too much for what was a slightly above average meal. But maybe we just ordered the wrong things?
My wife and I have been going to Le Virtu since it first opened in 2007 and have always loved it.
But as peoples food tastes and expectations change, restaurants are forced to change or stagnate. The new chef brings new flair, as well as new tastes to this well established restaurant; however, $33.00 for a fish entree is very high. This is not a complaint, but a gasp. The portion size was certainly adequate. In the past I noticed a diminished amount of food.
I will certainly return as soon as the budget allows.
We took some of my family members for an adult dinner for 6. We got the front table near the bar. It was like having a private room. The service was great and the food was excellent. All of the pasta dishes were amazing. It was the nicest dinner I have had in a restaurant in years. Fantastic!
Le Virtu never disappoints. I brought three business associates here for an early dinner on Tuesday. Love the Fall/Winter menu, with a nice variety of options for appetizers, pastas and entrees. Authentic southern Italian gems, but certainly not a "red gravy" type of place. We all enjoyed an appetizer and an entrée and there were groans of pleasure as we tasted each course. A little side benefit - Tuesday is BYO with no corkage fee. Can't wait to go back again.
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.
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