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OUR STORY

The inspiration for Le Virtù (The Virtues) comes from our experiences at the tables of family, friends, farms, and eateries all over Abruzzo. We serve the cuisine of the shepherds, farmers and fishermen of Italy’s wildest and most unspoiled region. It’s bold, honest and unpretentious.

We’re a trattoria, a down-to-earth place with a friendly, unfussy vibe.  That’s what best suits Abruzzo, the region that inspires us, and the South Philly neighborhood we call home.

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Our name derives from Le Virtù, a rich minestrone made on the 1st of May in Abruzzo’s Teramo province. Tradition demands that all that’s left in the larder after the hard Abruzzese winter be combined with the newly arriving spring vegetables and legumes.  The dish is served and shared among families and communities in a spirit of conviviality. 

We source our ingredients from some of Abruzzo’s best cooperatives and farms and from the Pennsylvania and New Jersey countryside surrounding Philadelphia. 

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OUR RESTAURANT

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Near the intersection of Broad Street and East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia’s main artery and South Philly’s commercial corridor, respectively, you'll find Le Virtù. We’re open nightly throughout the year, and seasonally for weekend brunch. When we welcome you through our doors, we hope to transport you to Abruzzo’s relaxed dining rooms, where service is familial and familiar, and local, humble ingredients are prized and celebrated. Our menu changes seasonally, but always features traditional dishes from the region. Our wine list includes Abruzzese varietals as well as artisanal expressions from small producers throughout Italy. Our selection of aperitivi and digestivi includes house-made genziana, acqua santa, agrumi, and other Abruzzo-inspired specialties. Our food and drink present the diversity of flavors indigenous to Abruzzo, from its Gran Sasso and Majella mountains to the unspoiled Adriatic Sea.

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