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“wonderful all the way around” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le Virtu

Le Virtu
1927 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148-2220
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Ranked #140 of 3,481 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Juniper & Mifflin
Transit: Snyder Ave. stop on SEPTA/Broad Street subway.
annapolis, MD
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“wonderful all the way around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

three of us went here on an early Thursday evening - it was the second time for all of us. Great charcuterie and cheese plates, which we all shared, and the pasta dishes were wonderful. Portions are satisfying but not overwhelming, so you have room for dessert without feeling over-stuffed. Good beer and wine lists. Service was very excellent - friendly, unobtrusive and very efficient. Unlike some of the other reviewers, we didn't find it too noisy.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Enjoyable beginning to end”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

I have to start by wondering about restaurant policy (in general) whereby, you are told no 6:30 or 7:00 reservations and then there are empty tables all around you .. I get it, they are guarding against lingering diners blocking later reservations, but...
However, we took our 6:00 reservation ...no wait to be seated.
Service was ok ... The assistant waiter was friendlier and more attentive than our primary waiter.
The food was interesting and well prepared. We sampled a few of the antipasti including fried rice balls, spreadable salami and the beet salad.
Nice selection of wines, including regional wines.
Primi platters were not huge (as might be expected) but we had plenty to eat and everyone really enjoyed their meals, including one picky eater who didn't think there was anything on the menu for her. My gnocchi were delicious, flour gnocchi with sausage ragu. The desserts were a delightful cap of the meal. We had 4 different desserts and they were all delicious. Even the coffee was flavorful.
Check out the menu at their website..you will see the variety of interesting dishes; but, it is not ordinary Italian fare...thankfully; but, if you are finicky, you will either have to push yourself to be adventurous or find the more basic items like the pasta with shrimp and lemon sauce.
We really enjoyed our meals and the ambiance.
And the staff was very friendly as we were leaving ... Thanking us and wishing us a goodnight.

Visited May 2013
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Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I had the best roast rabbit ever! This place features Abbruzzese cooking which is under-represented here in the Staes

Visited April 2013
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Washington, DC
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149 reviews 149 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
“Terrific food, but wear ear plugs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This was a find (although lots of others have found it too). It's in South Philly and requires a cab or car (valet parking $8). There's a nice outdoor area that I'm sure is terrific in warmer weather. The real attraction, however, is the food. We had a charred octopus salad with an outstanding lemon vinaigrette dressing and an arugula and pear salad with an unusually good mostocotto dressing. We split a slightly spicy special shrimp pasta, and I had the brodetto (long on the mussels, clams, squid, shrimp, and monk fish with less emphasis on the sauce), also spicy. My wife had a special pan seared John Dory with an unusal combination of potatoes semi-mashed with green olives. I had the Crostata di mele and my wife had the dark chocolate semifreddo (with nuts), both terrific. The espresso was exceptional (not always the case, even at the best restaurants). The one negative was the noise. Despite some acoustical tiles on the ceiling, it was extremely noisy, but we had a very loud, large group next to us that exacerbated the cacophony. That may be another reason to chose an outdoor table in good weather.

Visited March 2013
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Lewes, Delaware
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Inflated sense of self-worth”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Rude slow employees - managers basking in their success taking their eye off of the prize of what makes a great restaurant - delicious food and attentive service. Good wine list - some food was excellent but so-called best pasta in the city was sadly mediocre. Hey it's a neighborhood thing I guess - but that really cuts out the people reading Philly magazine and venturing south of Washington.

LeVirtu web site menu needs updating apparently the old chef is out and the owners are still bitter over the situation.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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