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

Le Virtu Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (19)
Authentic (16)
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Good for a Date (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (11)
Romantic (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Business Meals (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Fun (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Live Music (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyable Experience and very accodamating.Good wine menu

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Best chocolate tort I’ve ever had! Artichoke lasagna was amazing and my husband loved his lamb ragu. Definitely going back!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Friendly staff, great food and nice ambiance. Thank you.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Always delicious every single time. Friendly service and always something new and creative on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love love love

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very limited menu here and very dainty portions. Music was loud

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Wonderful meal. Can’t wait till summer. Outside patio looks amazing too!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good meal, service, ambience. However, I was not blown away. I think overall it’s solid, but I can’t see how this ended up on some “Top 50” lists that are out there.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very nice experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Some of the best pasta I've eaten in a long time. The service was attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a great meal here. I would highly recommend Le Virtu for great good and drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was excellent as always

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great meal. Rec pork belly app.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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?

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Le Virtu is a wonderful Italian restaurant. The food and the service are outstanding without its being stuffy. In fact, it's a very relaxing place to enjoy wonderfully prepared Abruzzi cuisine.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Absolutely beautiful meal. Everything was perfect. I would recommend and will be coming back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always love dining here! The food is delicious; they have the best panna cotta dessert! The servers and hostess are so friendly and welcoming!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was wonderful from the moment we walked into the restaurant till the moment we left.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We like the new chef’s creations. Nice vegetarian options. We appreciate the vino alla spina- open wine. If it’s good enough in Italy, it’s good enough in south Philly! Very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Have NEVER had a bad experience at Le Virtu. The food is consistently great, the service superb.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very creative and interesting menu and preparation. Tastes were wonderful and well presented. Service was very attentive and knowledgeable. All in all an wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Good family holiday dinner

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent octopus first course; pastas are a cut above most. Thoughtful wine and beverage list.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent food. Pasta was incredibly good. Service was at tentative.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 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 2, 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 1, 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 1, 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 November 28, 2017

Great food! Great service BYOB Tuesday I love it

Tags: Authentic
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