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Balena

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    RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • 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

Cured Meats gin & juice saucisson rouge 'nduja   16.00
Crostini lamb liver, strawberry mostarda, cherry tomato, robiola, pickled garlic, eggplant caponata, cocoa vinaigrette.   3.00
Buffalo Milk Cheese blu di bufala, honeycomb, caciocavallo, essenza casatica, charred dates   17.00
Spiced Olives    6.00
Arugula Salad pine nuts, dante cheese   12.00
Smoked Mackerel pumpernickel, soft egg, aioli   11.00
Wood Roasted Shishito Peppers tuna conserva, lemon   13.00
Formento's Tripe Bruschetta mint and bone marrow salsa verde, red pepper, hard boiled egg   11.00
Burrata Di Panna eggplant conserva, mustard greens, whole wheat cracker   18.00
Grilled Zucchini Romanesco calabrian vinaigrette, mint, almond   11.00
Coal Roasted Beets walnut pesto, pickled candy onions, bottarga   13.00
Tuscan Kale "caesar salad", tonnato, sardines, croutons   12.00

Pasta

Sized As A Mid Course

Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe    14.00
Bavette pomodoro, basil, olive oil   15.00
Rigatoni pork ragu, porcini mushrooms   17.00
Sardinian Style Gnocchi chicken sugo, burnt escarole, preserved lemon   15.00
Paccheri pancetta, smoked potatoes, bietina, pecorino di parco   15.00
Orecchiette kale, lemon, bread crumbs, chili   17.00
Tagliolini Nero crab, sea urchin, chili   19.00
Hen Egg Tajarin sage, brown butter   14.00

Grill, Oven & Rotisserie

Mixed Roast Of Berkshire Pork grilled panzanella salad, market pickles, red onion   18.00
Spicy Flap Steak Rotolo braised white beans, grilled green beans pickled wax beans   24.00
Wood Roasted Lake Superior White Fish beluga lentils, cilantro salsa verde   27.00
Bone-In Chicken Thighs sumac, braised broccoli leaves, peanut crema   21.00
Grilled Prawns garlic aioli, fried prawn heads, campari vinaigrette   19.00

To Share

42oz Dry Aged Double Cut Costata lemon, anchovy butter   99.00
36oz Bistecca lemon, salt, olive oil, roasted garlic head   69.00

Sides

Baked Polenta tomato fondue, dante cheese   8.00
Charred Bitter Greens green curry yogurt vinaigrette   9.00
Duck Fat Potatoes roasted lemon vinaigrette, sicilian oregano   8.00
Sweet Onion Gratinato white wine, cream, grana padano   8.00
Frillman Farms Glazed Farm Carrots ginger, honey, mint   8.00

Pizza

(12"). Suggested For The Table, During Peak Times May Take Longer To Prepare.

Mozzarella pomodoro, basil   15.00
Spicy Pepperoni mozzarella, tomato   17.00
Mortadella pistachio pesto, red onion, mozzarella   18.00
Amaranth pancetta, green olive, smoked mozzarella, pecorino di parco   18.00
Klug Farm Peaches grilled tropea onion, prosciutto san daniele, chevre   21.00
Porchetta Di Testa creamed leeks, english peas, mozzarella, pea shoots   17.00
Fennel Sausage red onion, tomato, mozzarella, chili flake   16.00
Mushroom fontina, taleggio, scallion, thyme   18.00

 

Desserts

Tiramisu chocolate sauce, coffee streusel   8.00
Ricotta Torta wood-fired cherries, pistachio gelato   8.00
Affogato vanilla gelato, espresso, cinnamon sugar donuts   8.00
Chocolate And Hazelnut Croccante citrus marmalade, caramel krispies, gianduja gelato   8.00
Stuffed Peach almond & mint cake, moscato zabaglione, oat crumble, peach sorbet   8.00
Blueberry Crostata lemon confit, vanilla gelato   8.00
Sorbetti seasonla selection   7.00
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
Balena
1633 N Halsted St
Btwn W Willow St & W North Ave
(312) 867-3888
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