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Due Lire

4.7
450 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 275-7878
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Massimo Di Voulo: (773) 275-7878
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lincoln Ave Between Sunnyside and Wilson
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Parking details
Ample street parking is available as well as a metered lot across the street.
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Public transit
We are walking distance from the Brown Line 'Western' stop.
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Special events & promotions
WINE WEDNESDAYS
Join us every Wednesday for half price bottles of wine.
Additional
Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 450 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Every time I dine here I Have a delicious meal. This time was no exception. From the appetizers to the entrees, every course was delicious. We had a tasty spinach tortellini and short rib polenta. Yum, yum!!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great food and service. Wonderful place. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I have reviewed before and this restaurant is consistently very good. That is why we have returned several times with different friends, usually from out of town. It is warm and inviting and in the summer the back patio is very pleasant. We go whenever I have a taste for authentic Italian food.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We came for Easter Brunch, which was exquisite. The wait staff is attentive and discreet. The Food was beautifully prepared and just delicious. The setting is elegant. I don't even like brunch, ordinarily, but we will be back for that and dinner soon!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always a good meal, and a lovely staff. We came here for Easter brunch and I appreciate that you don't have to do a buffet for an occasion. A nice change of pace from the usual brunch fare.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Headed in here on a Sunday for a date night. Service was very attentive, though this could be due to the small Sunday night crowd. The cuisine here is a modern twist on classical Italian cuisine. My date had the short rib ravioli. It was good, but the sauce was truly outstanding. My own meal was the spinach and ricotta tortellini. This combo was less inventive, but still solid. I'd definitely would go back for another crack at dinner for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Went for dinner Saturday, 3/26. I always enjoy Du Lire and this visit was no exception. Party of 4 at my table and we were evenly divided between the Amish Chicken (delicious) and the short rib ravioli (ditto). (Another favorite in the past has been the gnocchi.) All were delighted with their dishes. The staff is unfailingly friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and helpful.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Took my friend here to celebrate her birthday, mentioned this when making the reservation, however, the restaurant didn't acknowledge this, somewhat disappointing.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent drinks. Friendly, attentive staff. Delicious , quality homemade Italian cuisine! Will definitely be back :-)

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our third visit. Each one delicious. Can't wait for good weather to sit in their garden

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Delicious as always! So nice to walk in and be remembered and treated like family!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

ALWAYS PERFECT...owner, massimo, is a great guy...food is innovative and superb...wonderful atmosphere and service

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic food and hospitality...you always feel like you are part of the family. Excellent wine list; authentic cuisine.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Due Lire was wonderful! Definite recommend. Food was incredible and service was amazing. We will go back again soon!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at Due Lire. We know a lot about Italian cooking, and this was the real deal - excellent ingredients, authentically prepared. The service was good, if a little over-attentive. The waiter made good wine suggestions. We had a great time and look forward to coming back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went to Due Lire for Valentine's and it was great! We live in the neighborhood and had walked by a million times so we finally made a reservation and were so happy with our choice.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I had the fish special. Best fish I have had in a long time. I work in Florida and live in Chicago. So, I have access to a lot of seafood. After that meal, I probably won't even try fish in Florida.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding place for a great dinner before a show at the Old Town School. Always superb service and food.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We made the reservations 4 days in advance. Received a call make sure that we are coming that evening. The food and the service was excellent. They were was packed. Would definitely go back.

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1.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Most dishes were too oily, even greasy. Pompous server knew nothing about the wines he was trying to push and was difficult to get attention with.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Always one of my favorites

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

My husband and I dined here to try something a little different on a weeknight. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We were literally the only ones in the restaurant on a Tuesday evening and couldn't believe it because everything was great! We shared the evening's appetizer special (burrata and beets) and each had a pasta dish. I highly recommend the tortelloni! Also the wines by the glass were very good and our server was helpful with recommendations & offering to give us a taste. Will definitely go back!

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

My last dining experience at Due Lire was disappointing from a food and value standpoint. The service is amazing and the ambience is nice (despite the fact that the layout is really just a rectangle). The drink and wine prices are standard but the food portions are EXTREMELY small for the price. After spending $128 for two people including tip, I was still very hungry when we left. The "Fresco" Italian bread was delicious but the short rib ravioli was a few bites of tiny thin ravioli that was mostly sauce and had the consistency of mush. Way over-rated, particularly for a whopping $19. Our server was fantastic but I wish she had been more honest about the ravioli. For tiny tapas portions, there should be tapas-style prices, not $19-25 prices for miniscule amounts of food. I like the restaurant a lot but haven't figured out how to have a tasty, filling meal there without spending a fortune.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Cute charming and intimate. We were all happy with our meals and the service was impeccable. The entrees are done with care, but are on smaller side so I'd recommend getting an app. Nice cocktails and wine list. We went on a double date and had the loveliest time.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

This place is amazing. The food is delicious. In the summer, their outdoor patio is the best hidden secret in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Due Lire has been my go to for authentic Italian cuisine for the last several years. I am so thankful that I stumbled across this neighborhood gem! The owner is almost always there and is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. The food is always delicious. If you aren't in the mood for wine, their cocktails are amazing. In the summer, the outdoor patio is very cute and cozy. The waitstaff have always been top notch. And you get all of this with extremely reasonable pricing. By far my favorite Italian food in the city!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I discovered Due Lire a couple of years ago, and we've been coming back ever since. We don't dine here as often as we'd like since we moved out of the neighborhood, but we are often back on special occasions (birthdays, New Year's Eve, etc). The ambiance is cozy and quiet, perfect for a table for two or four. We've sampled everything on the menu, and there is nothing that isn't perfect. They have an oxtail ragu that is to die for, and my wife (formerly a vegetarian) loves any pasta dish with their short rib. The pastas are all homemade and have that just firm texture that makes homemade pastas perfect. And when I'm not in the mood for pasta, their secondi dishes are wonderful as well. On NYE recently, I had their seared duck dish with a butternut squash puree. I don't know that I've ever had duck prepared this perfectly. It just melted in each bite. They have a lot of Tuscan DOC wines available, which makes for an authentic Italian dinner. Try ANYTHING on the menu. You will LOVE IT!

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Due Lire is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. Everything is top notch. My only complaint is the noise level. It was completely packed and a bit hard to hear our dinner partners.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food, excellent service. Definitely would recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service and great food at a totally down to earth boutique operation — almost feel like I’m in Italy!

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2.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Mediocre food - small portions - cramped when the dining room is full. I would much rather go to Bistro Campagne next door or one of the many other dining options in Lincoln square

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1.0Dined on December 16, 2017

everything about this place is right. Great place to accompany shows at The Old Town School of Folk Music.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Favorite lincoln square restaurant. Authentic Italian food. Neighborhood restairant but special.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

What an awesome place. Always so good. The wine list is amazing. The food is excellent. Great spot.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Due Lire is an outstanding restaurant. The menu could be read as mostly common Italian dishes but when you read the descriptions you realize the care that goes into the ingredients. The execution is amazing. I had a simple arugula salad that looked like it had no dressing on it at all, but you could taste the brightness of the vinaigrette in every bite. The short rib ravioli was delicious. I would highly recommend Due Lire

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing food with great service! I have never tried a dish I did not love!

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2.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We have enjoyed eating here before concerts at the Old Town School right down the street. My recent visit was a bit of a disappointment. The cavetelli--a staple in Chicago Italian restaurants--was a meager portion that looked like a bowl of reddish oatmeal. Hardly a nice presentation and mediocre in volume and quality. I am not a proponent of devouring or needing large portions, but I also recognize what's deserved for the money spent in nice Italian establishments. The others in my party seemed to enjoy their salmon and risotto , but I would steer clear of the pastas--or at least try and catch a glimpse of them as they pass by before ordering. Restaurant is nice, cozy and festive otherwise.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

My husband and I had been wanting to try this restaurant for some time. It was easy to get a reservation through OpenTable. The restaurant is small but the host and the staff are very welcoming. It has a very nice cozy ambience. I tried one of the specialty Italian cocktails which was delicious and then we ordered a bottle of wine and were pleased to find out that Wednesday evening's special is half price bottles of wine! We shared a lovely Fresco bruschetta, and my husband had a seafood risotto for his entree which was delicious. I had the miale, or pork loin. The flavors were absolutely delicious and the presentation was beautiful, however I felt the pork was a little over done for my liking. It was still moist though. We split some sort of pistachio yumminess for dessert. Our waiter was fabulous, and our table was never lacking for water, utensils or a clear area, meaning that plates were removed quickly after we were finished eating - the staff is really on it. We felt the portions were generous and the food was reasonably priced. We will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

This place was awesome! The food is reasonably priced and delicious. A very European dining experience, don’t expect your waiter to be interrupting you every 10 minutes, but you should go here and I promise you will have a great time.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant. The Quality and Value are both outstanding. Italian restaurant that does not serve bread!!!!! What??????? Feels it interferes with the flavors and disturbs the pallet. Love it!!! Great care in presentation. Small, intimate............more like what you would find in Europe or side streets in Manhattan. A winner!!! This is a place that watches every plate that comes out of the kitchen.

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