Le Virtù

by Monique Barrett

Feb 27, 2015

Ancient Medieval Village of Pereto in Abruzzo, Italy © Massimo Valicchia | Dreamstime

Restaurant

Located in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia, Le Virtù offers an incredible menu boasting dishes rooted in or inspired by Abruzzese culinary tradition, with seasonal and local ingredients from the “terra” surrounding Philadelphia, as well as imported items like artisanal honey and cheeses from the Abruzzo region of Italy.

 

To start, my dining companion and I selected the ricotta di pecora from the popular restaurant’s extensive antipasti menu. The dish was incredible, featuring creamy sheep’s milk ricotta and fresh pears drizzled with sweet truffle honey and sea salt.

 

For our primi course, we chose the maccheroni alla mugnaia — hand-pulled, single-strand pasta cooked simply with garlic and extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with hot pepper and pecorino. The pasta was divine, perfectly doughy with just the right amount of garlic and extra virgin olive oil to give it a simple yet unique flavor.

 

While we were getting full but not ready to stop feasting, our entrees arrived in all their delectable glory. We split the bordetto casalese — seafood stew with fluffy couscous and slightly spicy red bell pepper-tomato brodo — and coniglio in porchetta — Lancaster County rabbit with melt-in-your-mouth faro and delicious roasted cauliflower. Both entrees were divine; the rabbit was perfectly tender while the stew was fresh and perfect for dipping fresh bread.

 

As we were perfectly satiated with our incredible entrees, we opted to pass up dessert, though I’m looking forward to returning and sampling the warm brioche bread pudding with house-made eggnog gelato and caramelized pear olive oil cake with cinnamon sheep’s milk ricotta soon.

 

Le Virtù

1927 East Passyunk Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19148

tel 215 271 5626

 

#trazeetravel

Insta Feed
Tips / Other
Jun 25, 2019

How to Eat Alone Without Feeling Awkward

It’s 2019 and doing things alone is empowering. Gone are the days when treating yourself to a movie or dinner was looked at as strange or unusual. People are doing things for themselves and not waiting for others to be available. Hop on this train of independence and you’ll be better for it. It’s weird and awkward at first, but so are most things until you decide to dive in head first. After a few times, you’ll look forward to those meals alone. Until then, here are some tips to ease the process.

Enjoy the Open Road on Your Terms

For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.

Tips / Destination
Jun 25, 2019

Visiting the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Almost a third of the country of Cornwall is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an official distinction that recognizes its amazing coastline, high moors and wooded valleys.

South America
Jun 25, 2019

Astrid y Gastón, Lima

On a recent trip to Lima, Peru, I had the privilege of dining at Gastón Acurio’s original Astrid y Gastón, in Miraflores.

Take Me to Tahiti

Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.

Beauty
Jun 25, 2019

Holistic Beauty from Naturopathica

Naturopathica offers holistic spa products for use in the comfort of your own home. The company was founded in 1995 with the mission to educate people on the benefits of holistic health and its connection to beauty.