The Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia » Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia: Le Virtu
There’s something entrancing about Le Virtu—something that goes beyond the space and the bare tables and the brick patio swarming with customers on warm summer nights. It’s in the food, in the handling of the sea-and-mountain dichotomy of Abruzzo cuisine. It’s the feeling that you want to move right in, spending weeks eating every single thing chef Joe Cicala can cook, because all of it—from the fried olives stuffed with porchetta to the fettuccine in pistachio pesto to the smoked potato gnocchi in lamb ragu—is comforting and familiar and yet intriguingly alien at the same time.
Don’t miss: The maccheroni alla mugnaia—a single 60-foot strand of hand-pulled pasta, served for the whole table, dressed in extra-virgin olive oil, pecorino romano and black pepper.
Eat at one of the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia:
Le Virtu, 1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-271-5626.