“…We struck foodie gold when we found this tiny, charming Italian cafe/restaurant in the heart of Rittenhouse. We instantly fell in love with Casta Diva for its locally sourced ingredients and essential Italian offerings…”
Great food at this intimate Italian BYOB in Philly. One of my favorite go-to restaurants to get a great meal with friends.
Rachael L, Yelp
I’ve walked by this unassuming facade on a regular basis, never making the connection that this was one I’d bookmarked based on the terrific reviews I’d read. Sure enough, they were true! We shared five dishes that ranged from alright to ‘bring me ten more of those!!’. In the latter category was the calamari, un-fried, enrobed in a sauce of capers and rich tomatoes and our pappardelle with a slow cooked boar ragu w mushrooms that I could happily have had thirds and fourths on! …can’t wait to go back to this very cute, neighborhood BYOB.
Fabulous food, great service! Two things one should know… it is BYOB and cash only! There is an ATM in the hallway, but I preferred to be prepared. The restaurant is a little small, so make sure you make a reservation.
You won’t be sorry you tried it!
John T, Yelp
The best Italian byob in Center City by far! Awesome food, awesome service. And very cozy and friendly. Been eating here for years and its still a favorite! Love you guys keep up the good work.
Chicky C, Yelp
Somehow, Caffe Casta Diva became my “neighborhood” go-to (it’s a bit of a walk, but whenever I find myself looking for a casual but special dinner spot, I end up at Casta Diva). I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly that I like so much – perhaps it’s the combination of everything; the pasta dishes are inventive yet homey, the space is cozy, and the restaurant owner is earnest and involved.
What first drew me to the place was the bucatini in avocado sauce with shrimp and red onions – who knew avocados made for such delicious pasta sauce! Since then, I’ve branched out and discovered other favorites, including the crispy whole branzino stuffed with minced vegetables, the tagliatelle with cinghiale ragu, and the calamari, sauteed in a rich tomato sauce.
Sometimes the owner himself waits tables – and it’s clear that he makes an effort to get to know his regulars. Casta Diva truly embodies that neighborhood BYOB charm that makes the Philly food scene so unique.
Stephanie Y, Yelp
first visit to this lovely restaurant this week, and it won’t be my last. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The beet and artichoke appetizers were fabulous. We had pasta and Bronzino entrees–also superb. Attentive and unobtrusive service. Prices are reasonable for the quality. BYOB and cash only. Don’t miss this gem!
Nancy M, Yelp
“…Vassalluzzo’s cooking is textbook delicious, spelling out classic dishes with a meticulous eye for good ingredients that separates Caffe Casta Diva from many other trattorias…”
Craig LaBan, Food Critic
Excellent place to go and have an awesome Italian meal. Best part? Its BYOB (and you won’t have to worry about cork fees like certain other places have started doing in Philly). We were here with a big group and they were really accommodating. For my entrée I got the salmon with the potatoes and it was fresh and yummy. Everyone else at the table seemed to be enjoying their food as well. I also had a taste of the truffle pasta that my friend got and I highly recommend it if you want a vegetarian dish. The truffle tasted delicious and it wasn’t too overpowering. Good place for large groups or a date night.
Majilinda K, Yelp
With a wine bottle bag in our hand, we decided to take a leap of faith hoping we’ll stumble upon a lovely BYOB on a beautiful autumn night in the city.
GRAZIE YELP! After several unsuccessful attempts, we struck foodie gold when we found this tiny, charming Italian cafe/restaurant in the heart of Rittenhouse. We instantly fell in love with Casta Diva for its locally sourced ingredients and essential Italian offerings such as homemade pastas, acacia, deserts, succulent veal dishes, delightful fish dishes and robust salads.
Although packed to max capacity, somehow the server managed to squeezed us two seats! The atmosphere was very romantic and relaxing (Not loud at all). It’s a great spot to get to know each others on a first date. The food was simply fantastic. We opted for the orechiette pasta with sausages and Ricotta gnocchi with pancetta (Italian bacon). Everything definitely tasted so fresh and homemade. The pasta literally melted in our mouth.
Service was exceptional…
Vy D, Yelp
Byob restaurants are great but this place is one of the greatest in our city. I love it. Have had dinner here about five times and every time I have enjoyed delicious, filling, tasty food. On my last visit, I had the duck breast – cooked to perfection. My favorite deserts are tiramisu and poached pear. If you know how to distinguish good food from average, then this is the right place.
Doina N, Yelp
…This place is great for is a romantic, quite atmosphere with an authentic Italian flare. The pasta dishes are unreal, calamari was great(not fried) and the artichokes are a must have! And it’s BYOB, even better.
Danielle L, Yelp
Great, great BYOB spot. Service was unbelievably attentive to detail. The host was very accompanying and certainly went above and beyond with his suggestions. The food itself was on point. More importantly, the portion sizes here are just right – a light but filling meal. Highly recommended. Suggest following it up with a stroll through nearby Rittenhouse Park.
Edward A, Yelp