Thursday, September 29
Reception 6:30 p.m. / Dinner 7 p.m.
$65 per person (tax and gratuity included)
Due Lire, the charming neighborhood Italian restaurant in Lincoln Square, is hosting a Sicilian wine dinner on Thursday, September 29. Executive Chef Kevin Abshire (formerly of Riccardo Trattoria and Il Poggiolo) has created a four course menu that pairs perfectly with wine from the region of Sicily, as hand selected by proprietor Massimo Di Vulvo. Di Vulvo and Abshire will be leading this tasting event through Sicily, a magical place where sea and land come together.
The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The four course menu and wine pairings are outlined below. The fee is $65 per guest, tax and gratuity included. Due Lire offers simple Italian food with intriguing twists, prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. This wine dinner offers guests the perfect opportunity to bring friends, meet new ones and celebrate life through food, wine and conversation. Please call for reservations.
Sicilian Wine Dinner
Crostino di Fichi
Fresh figs, citrus whipped mascarpone, honeycomb, brioche toast
Tasca D’Almerita Leone IGT 2010
(80% Cataratto Biano, 20% Chardonnay)
Staccetti al Ragu di Faraona
Homemade rags shaped pasta, guinea hen ragu, sauteed porcini mushrooms, pomegranate
Tenuta di Fessina Erse Etna Rosso 2008
(80% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio)
Tonno alla Scapece
Seared ahi tuna loin, scapece-style zucchini, petite fennel salad
Tasca D’Almerita le Rose di Regaleali IGT 2010
(100% Nerello Mascalese)
Pera in Camicia
Poached pear, fried dunbarton blue cheese pastry cream, pistachio brittle, spiced caramel
Tasca D’Almerita Lamuri Nero D’Avola IGT 2009
(100% Nero D’Avola)
Massimo Di Vuolo, Proprietor
Massimo learned the way around the kitchen by watching his mother and grandmother cook many family meals back in Napoli. His mom, Rita, is still an inspiration. After moving to the states in early nineties, he lived in New York, Washington D.C. and finally settled in Chicago. With almost 20 years of restaurant experience, he developed his skills in every aspect of the business, most recently with the Bice Group and Gioco.
Kevin Abshire, Executive Chef
Kevin was born and raised in Louisiana learned to cook at an early age. Cooking with friends and family, an important part of Southern culture, developed into a practical passion and naturally became his life path. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Kevin learned Italian food at Bice Restaurant-Portofino Bay. In 2007, he moved to Chicago, continuing his culinary development under Riccardo Michi from Riccardo’s Trattoria and later under the guidance of Chef Jim Kilberg at two of Jerry Kleiner’s restaurants, Room 21 and Il Poggiolo in Hinsdale.
Due Lire Vino & Cucina
4520 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625