Curious onlookers can stop peering in the windows at the former Chelsea Grill space when Due Lire opens in November at 4520 N. Lincoln Ave. Massimo Di Vuolo is looking forward to letting people in so they can sample the contemporary Italian cuisine “with a twist” that he and Chef Kevin Abshire will offer.
“I’ve had my eye on Lincoln Square for a while, and now I will have the chance to offer people an affordable and comfortable, yet dynamic, space where they can experience a true osteria,” said Di Vuolo.
They are keeping the menu to a manageable size by suggesting a handful of entrees like whitefish with cauliflower and watercress ($15) and grilled filet with polenta and mushrooms ($19), but diners will also be able to share plates from the antipasti list ($5-$10) if they want to mix things up. Giving a nod to their location’s non-Italianroots, there are mussels steamed in ale and served with pretzel roll crostini ($9). Housemade pastas and risotto-of-the-day will run in the $12-$15 range, and traditional desserts such as panna cotta, tiramisu and apple tart ($6) will round out the meal.
Due Lire’s sign says “Vino & Cucina” but the restaurant will be BYOB until Di Vuolo can obtain a city liquor license. Eventually he hopes to offer wines by the glass and bottle. Di Vuolo also is looking forward to the warmer months when he can take advantage of the Farmers’ Market produce. “Being part of the neighborhood is very important to me, and I can’t wait to welcome people into our new home here.”
Due Lire Vino & Cucina
4520 N. Lincoln Avenue