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hungry100 Jul 24, 2008 12:26 PM

(Can I say "fart"?) What's the name of the Italian restaurant that had a lot of press recently -- the chef is a woman from Italy... the one thing that sticks in my mind is the thin layer of pasta rolled with cheese served in chicken broth...anyone?

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    Buckethead RE: hungry100 Jul 24, 2008 12:36 PM

    Le Virtu, on East Passyunk Ave. south of Mifflin.


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      hungry100 RE: Buckethead Jul 24, 2008 12:46 PM

      Yes, thank you! Have you been? Is it as good as my imagination leads me to believe?

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        Buckethead RE: hungry100 Jul 24, 2008 12:58 PM

        I was there when they first opened and wasn't impressed (except for the soup, which you mentioned, with the rolled-up crepes in broth), but then I went back a couple months ago to give it another chance and liked it much more. My only complaint is that it's a little expensive for what it is, but only a little. I'd rather eat there than any other Italian restaurant on E Passyunk with the possible exception of Mr. Martino's, but that's mainly because Mr. Martino's is less pricy.

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          Philly Ray RE: hungry100 Jul 24, 2008 01:06 PM

          Food is ok, service is not. In that neighborhood, I'd vote for Paradiso.

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            Bigley9 RE: Philly Ray Jul 24, 2008 09:10 PM

            I didn't have a problem with service at Le Virtu and I loved it - I also loved Paradiso, but they were very different in my mind. Le Virtu, while nicely appointed is more of a tratoria - a local place, serving regional food, good wine and a pleasant atmosphere - I don't consider its prices at odds with that description (esp givenn the Euro - lol). Paradiso is a restaurant. It is italian edgy, kind of regional, but tweeked for 2008 America. It wants to be great, Vetri great. Le Virtu (in my mind) wants, in 30 years, to be the Villa d'Roma (or your fav Italian American red gravy place) of it's genre (early 21st century American regional Italian)

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              JanR RE: Bigley9 Jul 25, 2008 03:45 AM

              I liked the food at Le Virtu. My only problem was the smoke coming from the open kitchen. Never experienced this anywhere else. I'm guessing it's because a lot of the food is fried. Probably would have been okay in the front room.

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                saturninus RE: JanR Jul 25, 2008 08:46 AM

                I just tried Paradiso. My final opinion - leagues above Le Virtu. My meals at Le Virtu are always off - flavor wise, presentation, for the price something is always not quite right. My meal at Paradiso was top notch - from the dishes to the service.

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                  Philly Ray RE: saturninus Jul 25, 2008 08:14 PM

                  And FYI... The owner of Paradiso is opening a Japanese place right down the block. I heard it will be rolls, sushi and some cooked dishes.

      2. crazyspice RE: hungry100 Jul 24, 2008 03:05 PM

        Do Brain Farts hurt?

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          yayadave RE: crazyspice Jul 24, 2008 08:41 PM

          Only if you hold them in.

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            Bigley9 RE: yayadave Jul 24, 2008 09:12 PM

            but they are most embarrassing in a large group, just a small joke among friends

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              crazyspice RE: Bigley9 Jul 25, 2008 08:18 AM

              Thanks for the laughs. They are coming handy today!

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                Hansel RE: crazyspice Jul 27, 2008 05:53 PM

                farting brains...sounds offal!

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                  crazyspice RE: Hansel Jul 27, 2008 05:55 PM

                  LOL!! ;-DDDDD

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                    yayadave RE: Hansel Jul 28, 2008 07:29 PM

                    It's not so much offal as beans in the ears.

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