Napoleon once said men are moved by two levers only: fear, and the alluring smell of lasagna. Put meal wheels in motion with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Le Virtù.
Sourcing local products and imported items straight from Abruzzo farms, Le Virtù's Abruzzo-bred sous chef cures all the menu's meats in-house, and all pasta, ricotta, and pickled vegetables are made on-site. Embark on esculent excursions with a plate of warm bruschette miste decorated with assorted toppings ($8), or sink hungerships with n'duja, the house-made Calabrian salame, served with grilled rustic bread and vegetable anchors ($9). Diners can impress palates with fresh plates of guitar-cut pasta mingling with lemon and house-cured pancetta ($16) or squid-ink-striped tagliatelle accompanied by mussels, clams, calamari, and shrimp ($19).
Le Virtù envelops diners in comforting environs highlighted by brick-colored tiling, walls adorned with serene landscape photos, and an open view of the kitchen. Patrons can also venture to the outside patio while they eat.
it adds yet another layer of authenticity to our already rich and growing Italian scene.Craig LaBan, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/23/08
Le Virtu has hit upon the ultimate truth of restaurant dining, in that kitsch and authenticity are necessarily mutually exclusive. Quanto rivoluzionario!Reviewer, AroundPhilly, 1/17/08
1927 E Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148