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Due Lire
Due Lire

Due Lire Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.due-lire.com
  • Phone: (773) 275-7878
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Make DueLire Your Own! Looking for a unique space for your next private party? Private luncheons or full restaurant buy-outs are available. Contact Massimo at info@due-lire.com or call us 773.278.7575 for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Massimo Di Voulo (773) 275-7878
  • Special Events & Promotions: WINE WEDNESDAYS
    Join us every Wednesday for half price bottles of wine.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln Ave Between Sunnyside and Wilson
  • Public Transit: We are walking distance from the Brown Line 'Western' stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking is available as well as a metered lot across the street.
A word from Due Lire
Welcome to Due Lire Vino & Cucina, located in the vibrant Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Square. Our dynamic menu highlights authentic Italian recipes made with seasonal and local ingredients with a contemporary twist. Indulge in a variety of dishes from antipastas and crostoni to homemade pasta and desserts.

Bring your friends, meet new ones, celebrate life through great food, wine and entertaining conversation. We look forward to seeing you!
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had been to Due Lire a number of times but never in the warm months and we were asked if we wanted to sit outside. It was perfectly lovely and the food was outstanding. Our server was very well versed in all the specials and their ingredients which made choosing an entree very easy. We try and visit this restaurant every time we have tickets to plays or shows in the area and we cannot wait to return to Due Lire."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Just note that if you want to enjoy the beautiful outdoor dining space, it is not honored in reservations and there will still be a wait. Patio is first come first serve."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The burrata special and the short rib ravioli with porcini mushroom sauce were both excellent -- but both cried out for a small hunk of bread to sop up the excess sauce. I have NEVER been to an Italian restaurant that did not provide some complimentary bread when asked. Here, they wanted me to order grilled Italian bread that came with some "daily spreads" for $4. Uh, no. I just needed some PLAIN bread, that would have cost them pennies. Also, they were out of the daily special by the time we were seated at 7:15. That is way too early on a Saturday to run out of a special. So while the food was very good, they lose a point from me for these lapses."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "From the wonderful homemade pasta dishes to the creative salads and hearty entrees, everything is interesting and delicious at this Lincoln Square bistro. I have been in every season, tried everything on the menu as it changes. It is always consistently great and served with great hospitality and warmth."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Not really sure about this place and why it received such good reviews. The food was average at best. The menu was limited, so you would think that what they did would be fantastic, but everything was just a little off. To sum it up, when I asked for ice tea, i was told they didn't have any. So I said how about some hot tea and a glass of ice. The server responded with it would make the boss unhappy. Knowing that keeping the boss happy and not the customer told me all i needed to know. We won't be back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I went here for a weekend dinner during an early time slot which ensured good street parking. It is small with a nice outdoor patio. The air conditioning is set to just make sure it is not humid inside, not to actually cool the place much. The chef has put a nice, special spin onmenu items, even the"standards" ex: caprese salad used assorted heirloom tomatoes & a delicious balsamic glaze; calamari included capers, lightly fried olives, fried basil, & thin fried/lightly breaded lemon slices. Amish roast chicken = moist, served w delicious potatoes & a thyme "sauce / smear". Short rib ravioli = tasty but I would not order it again. Nice wines to select among & some good pairings. Ricotta donut dolci =disappointing. Service wonderful."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was great. But it took a long time to get it! Most of my table was getting very impatient."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our intention was to have great pasta, however, we were blown away by the outstanding amish chicken. While the pasta was overcooked and somewhat dry even with a ragu the chicken had a beautifully crispy skin with moist meat inside covered in a tasty house sauce. The restaurant may be overpriced when including wine. For 4 people our tab was $280 not including tip. This included 2 bottles of wine which they have a good selection of. If you are looking for great Italian food this may not be the place however the meat selections are very good. The apps are also outstanding."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Everything the other reviewers have said that is good is true. A hidden gem that I hope survives a long time. Our standby is Bistro Campagne, but we decided to try this place because of the reviews. The gnocchi rivals Spiaggia, the waitress was spot on when she said it's not gummy or dense. The caprese was fresh and the tomatoes had flavor! The frizette was a remarkably light starter even though it was a lamb ragout and cheese fritter. Now I have two standbys, right next door to each other, in Lincoln square!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We are regulars here and we have never been disappointed. Great food (antipasti, pastas, main courses, desserts) and friendly service. They have a very moderately priced wine list as well."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Have sat on the patio twice, both times near dusk and found the atmosphere to be perfect. As the sun goes down and the lights go up, the candles and well lit mural provide a very peaceful and warming atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and genuine, and make you feel at ease regardless of your knowledge of fancy Italian and gourmet words or wine lexicon. None of this, however, compares to the quality of the food. I'm not sure if the food melts in my mouth or I, myself, am melting. So good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food is consistently wonderful. This is not your average large plate typical American/Italian run-of-the-mill kind of place. There is a lot of thought in each plating and the menu items are very creative (the Pappardelle with wild boar and short rib Ravioli we have had many times and they are perfectly done with fresh pasta). Prices are very reasonable including a nice selection of wines by the bottle most around $30-40. Ambiance is nice and basic for a casual dining experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We always enjoy the food but this time it was somewhat less inspired and it was VERY noisy due to a large drunk party of 10. Some customers relocated across the dining room but it remained way too loud for us to enjoy our dinner and conversation. Service was good, as usual. The caprese salad with burrata mozzarella was superb. The special pasta, cavatelle with duck bolognese was boring. The chicken was good. We will return because its always great but this night, not so much."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had dinner on their patio this week and it was an absolutely delightful experience. The waitstaff provided great recommendations for food and wine. The weather for the evening was great and we were allowed to dine at a leisurely pace to enjoy the experience. Will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It was a very pleasant place to dine and it was even on Father's Day! Good service and very good food. We are from LA and we were staying in the area so we met a friend who lives in Chicago."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Outstanding place for before or after shows at the Old Town School. Serrvice was fast and impacable with all our waiters recommendations being spot on. Will recommend to my friends without hesitation."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent dining expierence. We had the seafood risotto, the spinach wilted cod with capers, and the carmalized brussel sprouts. They were fabulous. It was a perfect night to sit outside in the back patio as well. Our server, Justin, was very nice and gave us great advice. We will be eating here again for sure."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Our first time here and it won't be our last. The service was excellent, with a great explanation of the dishes and specials and how they are prepared. As others commented the short rib ravioli was fantastic. The other ravioli dish was also very tasty. One in our party did not think his dish was as good (perhaps it was the Pappardelle?), but we also loved the appetizers - especially the POlpettine - veal ricotta meatballs. As someone who generally does not like Calamari, I thought it was quite good - not rubbery. We left to go to a concert and came back two hours later for dessert and that too, did not disappoint. The servers were terrific, friendly and funny. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've been here before and enjoyed it immensely. However, this time the service was glacially slow (30" between soup and entree), the soup was lukewarm and the pasta sauce was watery. I think they quickly cooked and sauced the pasta when I asked when my entree was coming. Outdoor patio is pleasant enough though my view was of a garbage can in the alley. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We were a group of 6 that had a wonderful patio dining experience at Due Lire. Our waiter was attentive and had a fun sense of humor. He took good care of us, made some excellent recommendations, and helped make our dining experience memorable. We had the calamari appetizer that was well prepared and very good. All of our group had pastas, and they were really good. I would recommend Due Lire to anyone that wants good quality Italian food."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food and service but it is a very live room for sound. A lot of hard surfaces with a slanted ceiling made conversation difficult. We were in the little alcove in the back and I am not sure if the sound was intensified in that area. Even so we will return for the food."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The homemade tortellini was fabulous! The pistachio gelato was the perfect end to a very good meal."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our aim was to eat somewhere none of us had been, so we rolled the dice with an Open Table recommendation. We were very pleased with the top-notch service and tasty pasta dishes. We loved the ravioli stuffed with short ribs, fluffy gnocchi with bolognese sauce, and pappardelle with wild boar ragout - delicious and sharable for 4 of us. We then shared an order of tagliata and pork rolle - both were good but not as great as the pastas. The wine list was quite accessible and affordable - we had a bottle of Italian chardonnay and Tuscan red. Highly recommended, and it is now on our list of regular visits!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The pasta is home-made. That is all I need to know. There is a difference! The rest of the food is quite excellent. The menu is small and very Italian as is the reasonably priced wine list! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food great, service too. Very accommodating, we were a party if 10. Service was very personable. Great list of menu items and what foods safe to eat for allergies or alternate diets. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent food that is out of the ordinary Italian dishes. Service and quality for food was excellent. A definite must."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Mothers day brunch menu so this is limited to thoses choices. I was disappointed with the egg, spinach mushroom meal. Too much Gorgonzola and eggs too dry. The toast was burned and no butter or jam was offered. No salt or pepper on the table. My daughter had very good French toast but my wife's eggs benedict was below average in taste. For the cost and the occasion it was a letdown. Waitress was very good so we made no complaint to her. I cannot recommend based on our experience. It may be that for an Italian dinner it would be much better. I think the restaurant may have been trying to do something outside its area of expertise. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This spot is perfect for a night out on the town or when looking for a guaranteed good meal. The service is great, the food is fantastic and the wine list (although hard to read) is perfection!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was fab but our server, Susie, was really the element that made our dinner special! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Second time back and will return. The short rib ravioli is one of the best I have had anywhere. This is a small place in the Lincoln Square area. Very casual, can get quite loud at times. The prices are very reasonable, even the nice selection of regional wines."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Home made pasta, beautiful salads, nice outdoor eating area (except the tables should be levelled). Good service, not rushed, quiet. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter dinner OUT is a tough call..being Italian, we always cook this day...this year not.. So...we were expecting alot..and this charming place delivered. Our party of 4 mostly had the place to ourselves..too bad for those who did not venture out! The staff, waiter and busboy were attentive, talkative, and knowledgeable...asked us questions and made thoughtful recommendations. The food was superior..THE BEST gnocchi we have ever had.. perfect soft little pillows in a mild bolognese.....better than any other here in Chicago, NYC..or Italy for that matter. The burrata and heirloom salad a delight, and the entree choices of roast chicken and lamb chops were perfect. Kudos to the chef! We will go back soon..nothing not to love! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Fabulous Eggs Benedict; delicious sausage and peppers on grilled bread; incredible homemade donuts. Loved it!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our server was very attentive and the food was good, nothing exceptional, but when the red wine we ordered arrived cold in even colder glasses our server told us to try warming them next to our candle. She never apologized or offered to bring us new glasses. We found that very strange and lowered our thoughts on the restaurant considerably."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great little place and we look forward to going back. The Wednesday special half-price on bottles of wine makes a mid-week trip to Due Lire a good idea!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our waiter/server was great! Food was outstanding - totally enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Eating is becoming something at which Americans are getting better...this was serve slowly with plenty of time for wine and or conversation. . .and the food is worth waiting for."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "One of the best italian restaurants in Chicago! Their ever changing menu keeps you coming back for more and the owner Massimo and his wait staff are completely charming."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Comfortable setting, elegant meal, and friendly service."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We made reservations to follow a great concert at Old School. Cozy atmosphere, very friendly and helpful service . Food was very tasty, we had ravioli two varieties, squash is sweet and rich. Calamari is fried but not overly crusty, just right, salads are limited but good. Italian wine choices more than most places and not expensive for restaurant prices. Overall, a great experience, tasty food and excellent service and we plan to return."
    Dined on 3/23/2014