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.
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.
Outstanding place for a great dinner before a show at the Old Town School. Always superb service and food.
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.
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.
Always one of my favorites
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Great food, excellent service. Definitely would recommend.
Great service and great food at a totally down to earth boutique operation — almost feel like I’m in Italy!
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