Due Lire

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific neighborhood place what food.

JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the meatball appetizer, cavatelli pasta, short rib ravioli, gnocchi, and a pasta special with a spicy Italian sausage sauce. All of the food was amazing and our server, Katia, was the best.

MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the menu was fresh and seasonal, the wine list was diverse and affordable, and the service was friendly and perfect. Massimo has created a little slice of Italy on Lincoln Avenue. When you're there, for just a little while, it's like being back in Italy. Don't skip dessert - it's worth the calories!

M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though the restaurant was really busy after a holiday show at the old town school of folk music, service and food remained excellent. Servers were very patient and attentive.

B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful. We had an emergency situation and they couldn’t have been more helpful. Great staff.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due Lira NEVER fails. We love this place and can’t wait to go back. The menu is clean, direct and magnificent.

E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due Lire is one of our “go to” spots in Lincoln Square. The intimacy of the dining room, the thoughtful menu, the consistently excellent service, all work together to make it not only a safe bet, but a memorable meal and the perfect setting for special occasions or important conversations.

j
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first time to the restaurant, and we were very pleased with our experience. They are a very friendly staff and the food was very enjoyable and delicious.

JC
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good good , very nice staff

EB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was not anything that I will remember. We needed salt and pepper on everything we ordered. The pear dessert was delicious, however! Great ambiance and service, however the food was just ok. Maybe just an off night.

BN
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to go to this neighbor gem. Massimo, the owner, and the staff are a delight and the food and wine selection are incredible.

I
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Noisy! Too many people in a small room.

FS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food up and down the menu. Great ambiance. Kind and passionate owner.

LK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I like this restaurant. I like it so much I've gone twice in two weeks, three times total. Don't miss the fried artichoke side dish (we always have it as an appetizer for the table) and enjoyed the polenta fries and arancini. I highly recommend the arctic char if they are offering it. The steak with polenta and spinach is also delicious. Third time I had the ravioli with short rib which was good, but I didn't immediately want to order it again like the other two mains I've tried. This is a great place for friends or a date, not too loud like so many places these days.

JP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

this was on the list for one of the 20 best Italian restaurants in Chicago. we thought we'd try it and had no trouble getting the reservation. menu was good, some interesting specials. Partner ordered the gnocchi lamb ragu. small portion for a big eater. he end up sharing my beef short rib ravioli. that was very good and the portion seemed to match other Italian restaurants. we also ordered a salad to share (very fresh and plenty) and an appetizer which was fried cheese balls with tomato sauce. Also good. All in all, not a spectacular place. Probably will continue on the list of best 20 rather than return.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service. Will come back

C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant. We went because we’ve enjoyed the food in the past, and they honor the neighborhood restaurant week menu a few days longer than the chamber mentions. (We were also going to commence the end to our life as just a couple as we are having our first child in 3 days.)
I do like that there is a limited menu because there shouldn’t be so much to choose from anyways, and within the limitations allows them to focus on preparing the few dishes they do serve well! There’s no salt or pepper on the table in this restaurant and there isn’t a need for it either, because everything is seasoned appropriately, even the simple arugula salad. While the portion sizes are perfect for someone like me that still takes home a doggy bag, my husband would prefer a double entree size, he is satisfied for the most part but wouldn’t mind the option of continuing to spoon this deliciousness into his mouth. Tonight we had the fried cheese fritters which were dainty, tangy pillows of cheese! The tomato jam, was indeed ‘the jam!’ The arugula salad, it was dressed perfectly with salt, olive oil and lemon, fresh crushed pepper made it spot on. My beef tenderloin with polenta, spinach and port reduction was perfectly cooked and if I had room to finish I would’ve also licked my plate! My husbands option of seafood stew over risotto was delicious also, the muscles, clams and calamari were fresh tasting and risotto perfectly cooked. For dessert we had the gelato and it was a yummy way to end the relaxing quaint evening.

r
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Extraordinary food and service! Just way too loud to have a conversation.

LK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was a guest at Due Lire before an Old Town School show, and really enjoyed my meal then (Arctic Char, a special, was delicious.) I liked it so much I hosted a recent birthday celebration there, and people really enjoyed it. Two people present usually don't finish their meals, but every dinner plate was completely eaten. One person, who normally doesn't finish their meal, said, after the meal was over, something to the effect that they hadn't said how good their ravioli was for fear of having to give up a morsel to another person. Vegetarians have more than a token option to choose from, especially if they're willing to make a meal of assorted sides - but there are mains that fit the bill too. I strongly suggest the artichoke dish, but have also enjoyed the polenta and cheese dumpling/fritter dishes as sides. At one point it got loud, but only for a short bit. I have never gone when the weather suited the patio, but look forward to trying it next year. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had an excellent meal and service was great as usual.

m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very cute place in downtown Lincoln Square. It was pretty noisy for such a small place, however the food/drinks were amazing and the service was great!

B
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were superb. Not our first experience there. We have tired different items on the menu and found them all to be excellent, so we will be back again.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The tables were very close together and it was hard to engage in conversation. The food was fine but nothing to write home about.

s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We walked in and the noise level was loud. We were on a date so difficult to hear each other. The food was good and our wait staff was good. The Cod special was very good and the Gnocchi was 1st rate.

d
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Andre was very attentive and provided a wonderful suggestion for a substitute bottle of Sangiovese wine when the Chianti we ordered was 'out'. Fried calamari appetizer was tasty and ample for two and the artichoke leaves and olives(!?!) added were deep fried as well. Ruth really like her shrimp with twisted pasta dish. I like my braised rib and beef risotto, but thought it blandly seasoned. Her desert was pistachio ice cream with chocolate and expresso on top was a fabulous addition.

M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and what a neighborhood gem! We were lucky enough to sit in the outside patio and it was fabulous. Adrian was our server and he made wonderful recommendations. Our wine and our food were fabulous and we certainly will be going back again. Perfect for before concerts at old town school of music. We had a beef and goat cheese salad, a risotto that had corn and shrimp which was outstanding, and a red trout special along with a tagielle pasta with seafood. Perfect!

MR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service. The server was knowledgeable and efficient. My pork chop was cooked perfectly—moist and tender with complex flavors from the stuffing and sauce. The short rib ravioli were rich and beefy flavor.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

It all seems a bit pricey for what you get. Case in point was the Calamari; it was mostly grilled 'something else' but not the squid. Also, while I'm not a large portion, the main course was sort of tiny. They don't bring bread to the table as a rule, so they charge you for it.

I don't need to go back. Sorry, but you asked.

MR
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Maybe for City of Chgo was customary but thought the value for the food was below average. $19 for short rib ravioli was poor. They were tiny & almost looked sunken. The taste was ok. Also had saffron shrimp risotto special for $20 & that was a better value. Glasses of red wine were average in price. However no bread offered, had to pay for that. Service was excellent & sitting in the patio in back excellent.

MP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!! Our friends had been their before, this was our first time. We loved it! Small, quaint, great service, great wine. Truly one of the best meals out we have had in awhile!! We will return!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful back patio makes for quiet, perfect atmosphere. Food was excellent & wine list great too.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As an Italian American, I have a tough time finding good Italian food. Food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Due Lire exceeded our expectations.

PG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner! I had The kale the polenta was savory but a bit rubbery. Grilled bread was yummy. Portions were large and unfortunately we were too full for dessert 😄

GC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, thoughtfully prepared! The patio ambiance is relaxing and inviting. The cocktails were excellent, as was the impressive wine selection.

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My pasta entree was delicious. The waitstaff were cordial and welcoming. A very good place for an Old Town School pre-concert dinner.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it there!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We LOVE Due Lira, it’s one of the best restaurants in a neighborhood for of great restaurants. Every time we go, we ask ourselves, “why don’t we come here more often?”

G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebrations

KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very nice meal in the patio with some delicious craft cocktails and food.

AH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We thought the food was wonderful. Can't wait to try something new there.

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