Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Le Virtu
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1927 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia , PA 19148
Neighborhood: East Passyunk
Parking: Valet Friday and Saturday costs $8. Street parking only rest of week
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Cuisine type: Italian
Meals Served: Dinner - Mon. thru Sun.
Style: Dedication to regional classics has been a worthy calling card, indeed, for South Philadelphia's best authentic Italian restaurant, a warm and personal space with long wood country tables (perfect for large parties) inside, and a sunny muraled patio with a "campo grill" sizzling skewered meats that is in its alfresco glory in spring.
Specialties: House-cured salumi (affettati); Pecorino del Parco; spreadable sausage (La ’Nduja); crepe soup (scrippelle m’busse); fried stuffed olives (all’ascolana); beet salad; house sausage with polenta; cotechino sausage with lentils; tripe “in umido”; fazzoletti pasta with duck; fettuccine with “butcher's ragu”; porchetta agnolotti with black truffle; smoked gnocchi with lamb ragu; porchetta; rabbit “porchetta”; brodetto (seafood stew); juniper-smoked lamb; crispy chicken livers with Gregoriano risotto; panna cotta; bonet.
Alcohol: An excellent 70-bottle list of artisan wines from almost every Italian region, virtually all under $50. Abruzzi and Le Marche get special attention, but the superb wine advice isn't limited. There's also a nice collection of craft beer.
Weekend noise: Hard surfaces (and a loud stereo) hit 91 decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Monday through Saturday, 5-11 p.m.; Sunday, 4-10 p.m.
Prices: $$$