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Posted by MDiFillippo on 06/30/2011
My family and I were just here last week for a birthday dinner, and it was truly a great experience. We had just tried arrosticini for the first time in Abruzzo, in May 2011, so we were eager to try them at Le Virtu. They were amazing, and almost the exact same as in Italy. If for nothing else, go to this restaurant to try these amazing little sticks of lamb. You will love them!
Posted by anonymous on 03/15/2011
On our last visit to Le Virtu, one of our favorite places in Philly, the food had taken a very dissapointing change for the worse. Hosts were still welcoming, atmosphere nice, but the food was simply not the same. That's when we found out that there is a new chef. Pasta tried to be adventurous, but ended up just being weird, and that used to be the main reason to come to Le Virtu. We brought some out of town foodies, being sure they would love it, so it was doubly embarrassing. Can you get the old chef back, please? It's such a shame.
Posted by Bob W. on 10/25/2009
We came to Le Virtu with friends for their anniversary expecting a wonderful dinner. We are all very sophisticated foodies who love interesting and very good quality food. Other than the mussels and a special pasta dish of the night, the food was mediocre at best. A couple of dishes were downright bad, especially an overcooked mixed seafood grill and an impossibly chewy rib-eye steak. When the waiter asked us how things were, we told him AND he merely smiled and walked away never asking if he could remedy the situation. All this, and our bill was $360.00 for 4 people. Frankly, I cannot understand why anyone would rave about this restaurant. It definitely is nothing special.
Posted by anonymous on 04/20/2009
I came to Le Virtu with high expectations, but left disappointed. The service was sub-par -- our waiter seemed bored, annoyed, and just unpleasant overall. The highlights of the meal were our appetizers: the Scrippelle M’Busse soup and antipasto misto were absolutely divine. Entrees, however, were less than spectacular: the Linguine Al Cartoccio looked very special in its parchment wrapping, but was ruined by heavy-handed spices and over-cooked seafood. The potato gnocchi was completely forgettable. We ordered dessert in hopes of ending the evening on a high note, but the blander-than-bland panna cotta didn't help. In spite of our disappointing (and, I'll say it, overpriced) entrees, my boyfriend did point out that, for its faults, Le Virtu is still better than any other Italian restaurant in Philly. This may be true, but I remain skeptical.
Posted by raven on 09/03/2008
The best Italian restaurant in the City. Authentic abbruzzese dishes. The fried dough replaces ordinary bread herea divine touch. Love the tripe dish (seasonal) and the rice balls. Wonderful pasta. In the Summer, sitting out in the courtyard is a real treat. They have a full bar and are quite expert on fine wines.
Posted by ambiguator on 07/07/2008
Where to begin? Solid beer selection, amazing homemade pastas, great service, great atmosphere, and i can't wait until they expand into the lawn next door - should make for some great dining on East Passyunk. I had the homemade Cocoa Ravioli, stuffed with rabbit, topped with amaretto cookies and a sage butter sauce... omgsrslywtfbbqamazing! I was expecting maybe 1 or 2 raviolis - you know how these fancy Italian joints do? But i got 4 decent sized ones - nice! I didn't really expect to fill up, but i was stuffed. They were totally delicious. I would skip the fried olive appetizer, and the lemon prosciutto was a bit too lemony for me, but i would go back again and again for that ravioli. Keep it up, Virtu
Posted by Inflytur on 05/02/2008
The food was so authentic and good I would be happy to bring Italian visitors here. Be sure to make reservations if you want to eat outdoors on their patio.