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  • Italian, Pizza
  • 1633 N Halsted St, Chicago IL60614 41.912041 -87.64795
  • (Btwn W Willow St & W North Ave)
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  • (312) 867-3888
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Dinner

Starters

Spiced Olives    6.00
Butternut Squash Bruschetta ricotta, sage   9.00
Burrata Di Panna smoked eggplant, mustard greens   18.00
Arugula Salad pine nuts, dante cheese, lemon vinaigrette   12.00
Red Endive Salad anchovy vinaigrette, parmigiano reggiano, citrus   11.00
Smoked Mackerel pumpernickel bread crumbs, soft egg, aioli   11.00
Coal Roasted Beets walnut pesto, candy onions, bottarga   13.00
Tuscan Kale "caesar salad", tonnato, sardines, croutons   12.00
Chicken Liver Bruschetta watercress, golden raisin   9.00
Trio Of Buffalo Milk Cheeses    17.00

Pasta

Sized As A Mid-Course

Bavette pomodoro, basil, olive oil   15.00
Rigatoni pork ragu, porcini mushrooms   16.00
Tagliolini Nero crab, sea urchin, chili flake   19.00
Pumpkin Tortelli lamb pancetta, pecorino di parco, amaretti cookie   17.00
Sardinian Style Gnocchi chicken sugo, escarole, preserved lemon   15.00
Orecchiette kale, lemon, bread crumbs, chili flake   16.00
Chitarra snail bolognese, herbs, bread crumbs   16.00
Hen Egg Tajarin sage, brown butter   14.00
Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe    14.00

Grill, Oven & Rotisserie

Wood Roasted Great Lakes Trout beluga lentils, cilantro salsa verde   24.00
Harissa Spiced Sirloin white beans, grilled green beans, pickled wax beans   24.00
Grilled Prawns garlic aioli, fried prawn heads, campari vinaigrette   19.00
Wood Roasted Chicken Thigh braised greens, peanut cream   21.00
36oz Bistecca lemon, salt, olive oil, roasted garlic   79.00

Sides

Baked Polenta tomato fondue, parmigiano-reggiano   6.00
Charred Bitter Greens green curry yogurt vinaigrette   8.00
Duck Fat Potatoes roasted lemon vinaigrette, sicilian oregano   6.00
Sweet Onion Gratinato white wine, cream, grana padano   6.00
Frillman Farms Glazed Carrots ginger, honey, mint   6.00

12" Pizza

Suggested For The Table, During Peak Times May Take Longer To Prepare.

Mozzarella pomodoro, basil   16.00
Spicy Pepperoni tomato, mozzarella   18.00
Mortadella pistachio pesto, red onion, mozzarella   20.00
Fennel Sausage red onion, tomato, mozzarella, chili flake   17.00
Mushroom fontina, taleggio, scallion, thyme   18.00

Vermouth

We Love Vermouth To Start A Meal!

Cocchi Americano artemisia flowers, gentian, bitter orange   9.00
Vergano Bianco thyme, marjoram, wormwood   15.00
Carpano Bianco honeysuckle, vanilla, spice   10.00
Contralto Bianco elderberry, coriander, bitter orange peel   10.00
Ransom savory herb, honey, bread   13.00
Bonal gentiana, red cherries, plum   8.00
Cocchi Americano Rosa quinine, spice, lush   12.00
Carpano Antica mint, plum, almonds   10.00
Carpano Punt E Mes coffee, cola, bitter orange peel   9.00
Cocchi Vermouth Di Tornio coca, lemon peel, rhubarb   9.00
Contralto Rosso cardamom, coriander, juniper   10.00
The Following Are Served On The Rocks With An Orange Peel Unless Otherwise Requested. Our Vermouth Selection Is Listed In Order Of Intensity, From Lowest To Highest.

 

Desserts

Ricotta Torta peach jam, pistachio gelato   8.00
Tiramisu chocolate sauce, coffee streusel   8.00
Spiked Affogato vanilla gelato, caffe borghetti, apple fritters   8.00
Chocolate And Hazelnut Croccante citrus marmalade, caramel krispies, gianduja gelato   8.00
Pear And Ginger Crostata cranberry marmalade, creme fraiche gelato   8.00
Caramel Budino praline shortbread, candied walnuts   8.00
Trio Of Sorbetti seasonal selection   7.00
Trio Of Gelato seasonal selection   7.00

Rare Tea Cellars Tea $4

Emperor’s Mint Meritage    
Emperor’s Chamomile    
Decaf Regal English Breakfast    
Italian Green Almondine    
First Flush Darjeeling    
Sicilian Wild Flower Chai    

La Colombe Coffee

Espresso savoia blend   3.00
Cappuccino Or Latte    4.00
Caffè Corretto add liquor   3.00
Americano    3.00
Coffee    3.00

Cocktails $11

Balena Cocktails Are An Explorations Of Amaro And The Bitters From Countries Surrounding Italy. Cocktails Thoughtfully Crafted By Christian Hetter. We Are Here To Serve You And Can Made Most Cocktails Upon Request.

1. Strawberry ketel one vodka, fragoli strawberry liquor, prosecco, elderflower liqueur   
2. Augustino chicago distilling co. "ceres" vodka, hammer & tongs vermouth, pierre ferrand dry curacao   
3. Manlino bombay gin, aperol, fresh sour, soda   
4. Lou Swizzle cruzan white rum, fernet branca, demerara, lemon, mint   
5. Spaghetti Western maestro dobel tequila, campari, st. elizabeth allspice dram, house limoncello   
5. Marcello george dicket no 8 tennessee whiskey, amaro averna, amaro lucano, cinnamon-demerara syrup   
6. Negroni aviation gin, campari, cappelletti aperitivo   
6. Creole old forrester 100 proof whiskey, gynar, angostura bitters, peychaud's bitters   
7. Vecchio hayman's old tom gin, punt e mes, cardamoro, luxardo maraschino, orange bitters   
8. Last Caress beefeater gin, carpano bianco, leatherbee besk, creme de violette   
11. This One Goes To zaya rum, elixir novasalus, ferry thomas bitters, falenum   

Bottled Beer & Soda

Off Color Brewing "Troublesome", Gose Style, Chicago, Il mild, lemony tartness, coriander  (12oz) 8.00
Menabrea "Birra Bionda", Light Lager, Biella, Italy lemon zest, fresh mint, grain  (11.2oz) 7.00
Menabrea "Birra Ambrata", Amber Lager, Biella, Italy apricot, chestnut honey, caramel malt  (11.2oz) 8.00
Brasseurs Sans Gluten 'Glutenberg', Red Ale, Montreal, Que, Canada gluten free, chest honey, caramel malt  (16.9oz) 14.00
Krombacher, Weizen Non-Alcoholic, Kreutzal, Germany citrus, spice, light-bodied  (12oz) 8.00
Baladin, Cola Nut Soda, Cuneo, Italy cherry, vanilla, cardamom  (8.5oz) 5.00
Lurisia "Chinotto", Bitter Citrus, Soda, Roccaforte Mondovi, Italy cola, orange citrus, spice  (9.3oz) 5.00
Lurisia "Gazzosa", Lemon Soda, Roccaforte Mondovi, Italy amalifi lemon, tart citrus, clean carbonation  (9.3oz) 5.00

Wines By The Glass

Sparkling

Zardetto "Private Cuvee" Prosecco, Veneto (Dry) NV apple, lemon, cream   10.00
Cleto Chiarli "Grasparossa Di Castelvetro" Lambrusco, Emilia Romagna (Red, Semisweet) strawberry, kirsch, spice   10.00
Ca' Del Bosco Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Franciacorta (Dry) NV lemon zest, fresh biscuit, wet stone   16.00

White

Anterra Pinot Grigio, Veneto 2013 bartlett pear, lemon zest, slate   9.00
Centorri Moscato Di Pavia, Lombardia (Frizzante) peaches, rose petal, ginger   10.00
Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco, Trentino-Alto Adige ripe peach, apple, chalky minerality   12.00
Dipinti Sauvignon Blanc, Trentino 2013 ruby red grapefruit, fig, nutmeg   13.00
Cabanon Riesling, Lombardy 2012 prerved lemon, wet slate, tarragon   12.00
Agriverde "Piane Di Maggio" Trebbiano D'abruzo, Abruzzo crisp, lemon, tropical fruit   11.00
Librandi "Ciro Bianco" Greco Bianco, Calabria 2012 peaches, herbs, macadamia nuts   10.00
Castello Della Sala "Bramito" Chardonnay, Umbria 2013 lemon pie, sweet cream, light oak   13.00

Red

Fattoria Di Grignano "Rosso Di Toscana" Sangiovese, Tuscany 2012 tart raspberry, tarragon, sweet tobacco   11.00
I Pola Barbera Del Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy 2011 blackberry, almond skin, baking spices   15.00
Tramin Pinot Noir, Alto Adige 2013 rainier cherry, sage, vivacious acidity   14.00
Cusumano Nero D'avola, Sicily 2013 stewed cherry, smoke, violet   11.00
Tenuta Del Priore Montepulciano, Abruzzo 2013 cherry pie, violets, wet slate   10.00
Tolaini "Al Passo" Sangiovese, Merlot Tuscany 2010 black cherry, plum, tea leaves   16.00
Palmadina Refosco, Friuli 2010 blackberry, graphite, anise   12.00
Santadi "Grotto Grosso" Carignano Del Sulcis, Sardinia 2011 black cherry, fennel blossom, dried rose   11.00
Vitiano Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Umbria 2012 black currant, grilled herb, spice   14.00

 

Balena
1633 N Halsted St
Btwn W Willow St & W North Ave
(312) 867-3888
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