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Jul 24, 2008 12:26 PM

Help (Brain Fart)

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

    7 Replies
    1. re: Buckethead

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

      1. re: hungry100

        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.

        1. re: hungry100

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

          1. re: Philly Ray

            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)

            1. re: Bigley9

              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.

              1. re: JanR

                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.

                1. re: saturninus

                  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.

          1. re: yayadave

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

            1. re: Bigley9

              Thanks for the laughs. They are coming handy today!

                  1. re: Hansel

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