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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Fantastic. Food , Service and Atmosphere make this our favorite
This lovely Italian restaurant, in the heart of South Philly, is an easy and fast drive from the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The salad was incredibly fresh with a vinaigrette dressing that made the flavors pop. The bread was deliciously artisan and homemade. The pork ravioli was light and flavorful. The chocolate cake and gelato were incredible. We hope to return on a warm spring or summer day when we can sit outside on the gated patio.
I was so happy to dine here. The food was great, the staff was friendly, it is comfortable, and we were promptly seated. I've been to Abruzzo, and I can say that the Abruzzese food served here is authentic and delicious. LOVE!
Delicious food and amazing service. We'll be back. Can't wait to try out their patio when the weather warms up.
Never tasted better pasta in my life. Meaty, al dente, perfect. Asked for a quiet table away from the bar for my birthday - and got it. Wonderful view thru the window of the outdoor mural. Service knowledgable and excellent. We asked our waiter to slow down the courses so we could linger over our dinner, and he did. Appetizers excellent. Entrees excellent. Olive oil chocolate cake perfect.
We went for restaurant week. I’ve been once before and had a lovely time so I wanted to bring my fiancé. I wasn’t impressed with the service at all. Our waiter was unfriendly and short with us. Disappointed overall.
We went on a Tuesday nite during restaurant week. It was quiet and not crowded. Service was impeccable. Loved our food- delicious and a great value for $35 p.p. Also, there’s no corkage fee to bring your own wine on Tuesday nites. I’m sure a “regular” meal would be a lot more expensive. They have a beautiful outdoor courtyard that would be nice to try in Warner weather.
Excellent all around... and that is from a foodie and a chef. The noise level was admittedly high for a Monday night and though I found myself screaming at times across the table, I was also screaming inside with delight at all the great food and the vibes in the place! The Nero d'Avola in our glasses helped too!
We made our first visit here dyuring restaurant week. We knew normal menu was pricey but wanted to try. The food was excellent but the restaurant let us down by the choices. There were four courses: appetizer, pasta, entree and dessert. ($35,). The appetizer choices were from a list of 6 items. (fine), Next were 4 pastas (also fine), But the entree choices were just four, with one being lasagne (a pasta!), a crepe with pork rago (another carb), a branzino and shrimp and clam dish (great but it was only if BOTH wanted it - my partner didn't) and a lamb shank (but with an additional $15 charge). Dessert was good. I know it's restaurant week when a restaurant is busy but offering no protein (except one dish to share or $15 upcharge) was in my opinion not a good way to get customers to return (we probably won't),.
Service was "friendly" but not once were we asked how each(or any) course was. The restaurant was - surprisingly -not full but it could be noisy. To add to this review, the long time chef left a week or two ago and the new chef (From Kensington Quarters) wasn't starting until the day after our visit. So I can't even say what the food will; be.
We have discovered some wonderful Passyunk Avenue Restaurants through trying during Restaurant Week. In our opinion the restaurant chose the wrong options to show off their menu.
As frequent visitors to Philadelphia we wanted a change from the excellent but crowded most well known restaurants.Le Virtu provided authentic,well prepared food in a comfortable and friendly environment.We will come back.
Very good food old counrty style. We had two seafood dishes outstanding. Our server was friendly, informative and attendtive.
We were pleased. We liked the scene.
The food and the service was very good. Valet parking made it easy in an area that does not have much parking. The wine selection had affordable choices and the cocktails were very good. The noise in the restaurant was not such that you were not able to enjoy your conversation with the others at the table. I would go back again and recommend to others.
Went to LeVirtu for the first time with another couple. Everything was wonderful, the cheese and meat appetizer was one of the largest- we thoroughly enjoyed it.. We all enjoyed our meals and thought their specials were delicious and priced fairly. Great drinks and house wines.
This charming Passyunk Ave Italian spot showcases fresh pasta and innovative Dishes. We really enjoyed the lobster salad and look forward to warmer weather when we can dine outside .
South Philly Italian at its finest. Get the Cavatelli! Food was great. Live music was a pleasant and an excellent surprise, very authentic!! Service was not up to par.
Enjoyable Experience and very accodamating.Good wine menu
Best chocolate tort I’ve ever had! Artichoke lasagna was amazing and my husband loved his lamb ragu. Definitely going back!
Friendly staff, great food and nice ambiance. Thank you.
Always delicious every single time. Friendly service and always something new and creative on the menu.
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!
Love love love
Very limited menu here and very dainty portions. Music was loud
Wonderful meal. Can’t wait till summer. Outside patio looks amazing too!
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.
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!
Very nice experience.
Some of the best pasta I've eaten in a long time. The service was attentive without being intrusive.
We had a great meal here. I would highly recommend Le Virtu for great good and drinks.
Food was excellent as always
Great meal. Rec pork belly app.
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?
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.
Absolutely beautiful meal. Everything was perfect. I would recommend and will be coming back.
Always love dining here! The food is delicious; they have the best panna cotta dessert! The servers and hostess are so friendly and welcoming!
Everything was wonderful from the moment we walked into the restaurant till the moment we left.
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.