About 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!
Chicago, IL 60625
Italian, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Lincoln Ave Between Sunnyside and Wilson
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample street parking is available as well as a metered lot across the street.
We are walking distance from the Brown Line 'Western' stop.
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 email@example.com or call us 773.278.7575 for more information.
Private Party Contact:
Massimo Di Voulo: (773) 275-7878
Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Join us every Wednesday for half price bottles of wine.
Due Lire Ratings and Reviews
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 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
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.
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.
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.
The restaurant was packed and the noise level was too much. We couldn’t hear each other well at the table. It was so nice and quiet when we were here a few months ago and ate on the outdoor patio.
Some of the food was spotty this time as well (one dish was too salty). They were very gracious about it.
I’ll give them another try on a week night or when the weather is nice enough to eat outside again.
This place defines the term "neighborhood gem" Everything is hand made and authentic. The place is very small (maybe 15 tables) and everyone gets individual attention. The staff is friendly knowledgeable and patient. Because everything is hand made, it sometimes takes a little longer than normal to get your food, but it is well worth the wait. If you want quick, frozen and out of a box, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!! If you want food like grandma used to make, with care, love and fresh ingredients, then this is the place for you. Best new food experience I have had in a long time.
Very charming and cozy (if the weather holds, I recommend the back patio). Incredibly gracious service by Katia, and wonderful wine (Barbera) with the salumi formaggi platter of meats cheeses and jams over toasted bread - just enough for the four of us to share. Our friends enjoyed the lamb chops and the short rib ravioli with porcini mushrooms, and we loved the maiale (wonderfully tender pork with radicchio gorgonzola risotto) and the tortelloni with brown butter sage sauce and almonds. Finished with a beautiful flan. Could not have been better!
All around great dining experience. Went for dinner on a Friday night and had no trouble getting a reservation and table. The wait staff was very nice and attentive. We spent about 3 hours there and never felt like they wanted us to leave quickly to turn over the table. The bread with mozzarella and pesto was amazing, as was the bolognaise (sp?) sauce pasta. Portion size was perfect as well.
Great atmosphere and an excellent date spot. Sound level is perfect for conversation without hearing everyone else's conversation.
They may have had some specials, but the waitress read them to us without any sort of specials menu, so we forgot them as soon as she read them. But that would be the only not completely positive part. Overall just an excellent meal and a nice time. I wish I had known about the restaurant before, because I would definitely return and recommend it to friends.
Repeatedly go to Due Lire and will go back. Entrees were fantastic-mushroom torteloni and the polenta fries are awesome. Misto appetizer was ok, disappointed with service this visit. Server didn't speak much and we had to ask for specials.
Small neighborhood restaurant, very cozy and not too noisy. Good selection of cocktails, beers and wine. Menu was varied and interesting. We had a salad and the focaccia as an appetizer, gnocchi. Salmon and lamb chop entrees and the Nutella dessert. The entire meal was excellent, well presented with decent size portions. The dessert was the highlight and was superb. Overall great meal!!
This place was delicious. My husband and I split the spinach salad, the bolognese pasta, and the lamb. The pasta and the lamb were exceptional (pasta was definitely my favorite; perfectly al dente with delicious bolognese), and the salad was fine. Our server recommended a wine not on the list, which was fantastic and complemented our meal perfectly. We will likely be back!
Relaxed trattoria atmosphere, charming host/owner, Massimo will answer any questions on his well rounded wine list. Food is as authentic as can be. Best tagliatelle bolegnese outside of Bologna! Got another order to go so we could have it the next day. Wonderful find and a good value. Great for A date or easy weekday evening out.
We loved everything we had. There was a Burrata appetizer special with speck and roasted peppers that was perfect, and our risotto and short-rib ravioli primi plates were delicious. I appreciated that the portions weren't huge - it gave us room for dessert, and the desserts were phenomenal, especially the Babá Napoletano, which was a wonderfully moist, light, warm cake with mascarpone gelato and cherries.
Everything reminded me of the attention to detail and freshness and simple ingredients you'd find in Italy. The cocktails were also really well done and the wine list was extensive. The service was attentive and friendly. All in all, a wonderful experience - we can't wait to go back.
We arrived for our reservation, and asked if we could be seated outside. They told us it would be a 20 minute wait, but we could either eat in the dinning room or wait on the benches outside by the bar. Luckily, they were able to arrange a table for three outside within five minutes.
I ordered the spaghetti. It came with tiny shrimp and peas. The noodles were good, but the quality of the shrimp and vegetables were poor (seemed like they heated up previously frozen ones). If I return, I will try something different.
Our server was informative and helpful, but I gave a "good" rating because we had to flag down the server a couple of times.
The outdoor patio was very cute. If the weather is nice, I would highly recommend eating outside rather than inside.
We tried this looking for a place near the Old Town School of Folk Music where we were seeing a concert, and we were very pleasantly surprised by the food and ambiance. We sat in the back patio, which was lovely. I don't usually like alfresco dining, because it can be loud and distracting by the street. However, this was quiet and gorgeous in the back and felt European. We had the char and thought it was delicious. The staff was very nice.
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