Le Virtu, South Philadelphia
Been wanting to get here for quite some time but our schedule has been crazy. Yesterday was our chance. After browsing around the city we went to Le Virtu for an early dinner, For those who have not been, in addition to the restaurant, there is a lovely canopied patio that we took advantage of yesterday. Breeze blowing through made for perfect dining weather.
In a word our meal was delicious!. Our expectations were high and if anything they were exceeded.
As we looked over the Abruzzo inspired menu and sipped some Yards ale we were served an assortment of crusty bread and focaccia with a pool of tasty olive oil.
We shared everything. Started with Olive all'ascolana which were breaded fried green olives filled with braised porchetta. Also had Salsiccia nostrana alla griglia which is House-made Abruzzese-style sausage, Taragna polenta, peperonata. Both were excellent, the sausage with creamy polenta was off the charts good.
Pasta entrees were every bit as good and a real contrast which showed the skill of the kitchen. Gnocchi affumicati was Smoked potato gnocchi, Lancaster County lamb shoulder ragu, pecorino Canestrato. Also had Maccheroni alla chitarra which was "Guitar-cut" spaghetti, lemon, rock shrimp, grated bottarga. Each had distinct flavors, one hearty and rich the other light and full of flavors.
It was a delicious relaxing dinner on that patio. Our server Nick was very helpful guiding us through the menu, history of Le Virtu and the East Passyunk neighborhood.
Will get back here for sure. Highly recommended. Took some pictures with the phone, hopefully I will be able to post them :)
Hi Sylvia, from the various reports and reviews, we were expecting the food to be good (it was excellent). I did not realize that Le Virtu consisted of the restaurant, patio and lawn area, which I believe opened this week.
Great food and comfortable environment makes for a winning combination!