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  • Italian
  • 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 Meat, The Grey Plume, Omaha, NE kaffir lime & chili flake, "gin & juice", orange, dill & black pepper   18.00
Selection Of Pecorino brigantaccio, 16 months, abruzzo, tinto rosso monnalisa, 2 months, tuscany, crotonese, 6 months, sardinia   17.00
Frillman Farms Arugula Salad pine nuts, dante cheese   11.00
Zampone beluga lentils, raspberry jam, mustard greens   13.00
Bitter Greens Salad wild citrus, parmigiano reggiano, anchovy vinaigrette.   13.00
Burrata Di Panna marinated borlotti beans, pickled tomato vinaigrette   16.00
Lamb Liver Bruschetta chopped lamb liver, radish, chives, potato bread   12.00
Scallop Carpaccio meyer lemon, fried leek root, poppy seed.   16.00
Tuscan Kale "Caesar Salad" tonnato, sardines, croutons   12.00
Smoked Mackerel pumpernickel, soft egg, aioli   12.00

Pasta

Bavette pomodoro, basil, olive oil   15.00
Rigatoni pork ragu, porcini mushrooms   17.00
Hen Egg Tajarin sage, brown butter, alba white truffle   
Pappardelle lamb sugo, castelveltrano, orange, pecorino di fossa   18.00
Fermented Pumpkin Agnolotti lamb pancetta, brown butter, pecorino di parco   16.00
Potato Gnocchi beef heart bolognese, pecorino romano   16.00
Gigli kale, lemon, bread crumbs, chili   16.00
Tagliolini Nero crab, sea urchin, chili   19.00
Add Shaved Alba White Truffle To Any Dish.

12" Pizza

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

Mozzarella pomodoro, basil   15.00
Spicy Pepperoni mozzarella, tomato   18.00
Meatball chevre, pickled spicy chiles, basil   19.00
Fennel Sausage red onion, tomato, mozzarella, chili flake   16.00
Brussels Sprout red onion, pancetta, pecorino romano   19.00
Mushroom fontina, taleggio, scallion, thyme   18.00
Truffle 'Za white alba truffles, black perigord truffles, 5j iberico ham, mortadella crema.   99.00

Grill, Oven & Rotisserie

Rotisserie Pork sauerkraut, pancetta, pork jus   32.00
Grilled Lamb Chop mint salsa verde, braised cannellini beans   29.00
Hanger Steak grilled king trumpet, porcini mustard, frissee salad.   25.00
Gunthorp Farms Salt & Pepper Chicken Thighs spicy romanesco, anchovy   25.00
Whole Grilled Rushing Waters Trout pickled cranberries, pistachios, grapes   26.00
Wood Grilled Quail bitter greens, green curry vinaigrette, persimmons   27.00
42oz Dry Aged Double Cut Costata lemon, anchovy butter   99.00
36oz Bistecca lemon, salt, olive oil, roast garlic head   69.00

Sides $8

Baked Polenta tomato fondue, dante cheese   
Sweet Onion Gratinato white wine, cream, grana padano   
Charred Radicchio dante cheese, parsley   

Aperitivo

The Following Are Served On The Rocks With An Orange Peel. Our Vermouth Selection Is Listed In Order Of Intensity, From Lowest To Highest.

Dolin Dry (i). tarragon, hyssop, stone fruit   8.00
Cocchi Americano (i). artenisia flowers, gentian, bitter orange   9.00
Imbue Bittersweet (i). elderflower, lamgerine, vanilla   11.00
Vergano Bianco (i). thyme, marjoram, wormwood   15.00
Carpano Bianco (i). houeysuckle, vanilla, spice   
Ransom (i). savory herb, honey, bread   13.00
Kina L'Avion (i). quince, orange marmalade, cinchona   14.00
Cohhi Americano Rosa (d). quinine, spice, lush   12.00
Dolin Rouge (d). dove, chestnut honey, fig   8.00
Carpano Antica (d). mint, plum, almonds   10.00
Carpano Punt E Mes (d). coffee, cola, bitter orange peel   9.00
Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino (d). cocoa, lemon peel, rhubarb   9.00
Contratto Rosso (d). cardamom, coriander, juniper   10.00
Vya Sweet Vermouth (d). cinnamon, nutmeg, candied raspberries   11.00

Bitters Mixology $11

Balena Cocktails Are An Exploration Of Amaro And The Bitters From Countries Surrounding Italy As The Basis Of Our Mixology.

Strawberry No 1 st. germain, russian standard, fragoli, prosecco, wild strawberry   
Rosemary No 2 compari, aperol, fresh sour, egg white, flamed rosemary   
Mirto No 2 argiolas mysrtle berry, templeton rye, pernod absinthe, orange bitters   
Manlino No 3 aperol, bombay, fresh sour, soda   
Carmella No 3 amaro cio ciaro, atlantico platino, carpano autica, benedictine, orange bitters   
Negroni No 5 plynouth, campari, cocchi vermouth di torino   
Francesco No 5 averna amaro, old forrester, carpano antica, combier   
Montenegro No 6 amaro montenegro, nolet silver, bitter truth grapefruit bitters, orange peel   
Pina No 9 amaro sibilla, herradura silver, combier, grapefruit, sage   
FIB No 10 amaro dell erborista, ransom, pink grapefruit, basil   
Lincoln Parker grey goose, your choice of vermouth   
We Are Here To Serve You And Can Make Most Cocktails Upon Request.

Beer & Soda

Btl.

Menabrea ‘Birra Bionda’, Light Lager, Biella, Italy lemon zest, fresh mint, grain  (11.2oz) 7.00
Menabrea ‘Birra Ambrata’, Amber Ale, Biella, Italy apricot, chestnut honey, caramel malt  (11.2oz) 8.00
St. Peters 'Gluten Free', Sorghum Beer, Suffolk, UK grass, mandarin oranges, minty hops  (16.9oz) 14.00
Nectar Ales 'Nectar IPA, American IPA, Paso Robles, California citrus hops, toast, candy caramel malt  (12oz) 7.00
N'ice Chouffe, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Achouffe, Belgium orange peel, clove, caramel.  (11.2oz) 13.00
Stillwater "Existent", Black Saison, Baltimore, MD dark roast coffee, baker's chocolate, caramel malt.  (12oz) 9.00
Collesi Imper Ale, Bionda, Apecchio, Italy caramel, fresh cut grass, violet  (16.9oz) 20.00
Collesi Imper Ale 'Triplo Malto', Tripel, Apeechio, Italy oats, vanilla bean, stone fruit  (16.9oz) 19.00
Lurisia "Chinotto", Bitter Citrus Soda, Roccaforte Mondovi, Italy cola, orange citrus, spice  (9.3oz) 5.00
Lurisia "Gazzosa", Lemon Soda, Roccaforte Mondovi, Italy amalfi lemon, tart citrus, clean carbonation  (9.3oz) 5.00
Lurisia "Aranciata", Orange Soda, Roccaforte Mondovi, Italy gargano orange, bright acidity, nectarine  (9.3oz) 5.00

 

Desserts

Tiramisu chocolate sauce, coffee streusel   9.00
Pear Crostata apple butter, crème fraiche gelato   9.00
Affogato vanilla gelato, espresso, cinnamon sugar donuts   9.00
Chocolate And Hazelnut Croccante citrus marmalade, caramel krispies, gianduja gelato   9.00
Vanilla Gelato Sundae chocolate chip cookie, malt chocolate sauce, "toasted milk"   8.00
Pistachio Gelato Sundae burnt orange, pistachio nougat, confit orange   8.00
Grapefruit Sorbetti Sundae dry meringue, cinnamon, aperol granita   8.00

Sarah's Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate ‘N Cookies    6.00
Hot Chocolate & Branca Menta    9.00
Hot Chocolate & Bourbon    9.00

La Colombe Coffee

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

Rare Tea Cellars Tea

Italian Green Almondine    4.00
Sicilian Wild Flower Chai    4.00
Georgia Peach Rooibos    4.00
Emperor’s Chamomile    4.00
Decaf Regal English Breakfast    4.00
2010 Sicilian Blood Orange Pu-Erh    7.00
2003 Oak Aged Pu-Erh    8.00

Sweet Wines By The Glass

Gini "Col Foscarin " Recioto Di Soave 2006    14.00
Marco De Bartoli Passito Di Pantelleria 2007    26.00
Domaine Sigalas Vin Santo 2007    18.00
Moroder "Oro" Passito NV    19.00
Maculan Dindarello 2010    12.00
La Fiera Rosso Dolce    7.00
Marco Felluga Moscato Rosa    12.00
Correggia " Anthos" Passito 2007    15.00

Wines By The Glass

Sparkling

Zardetto "Private Cuvee" Prosecco, Veneto (Dry) 2012 apple, lemon, cream   12.00
Cleto Chiarli "Gasparossa Di Castelvetro" Lambrusco, Emilia Romagna (Red, Semisweet) strawberry, kirsch, spice   10.00
Ca' Del Bosco Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Franciacorta (Dry) 2006 lemon zest, fresh biscuit, wet stone   16.00

White

Brioccotonde Moscato d'Asti, Piedmont (Frizzante) 2012 orange flowers, sage, honey   9.00
Anterra Pinot Grigio, Veneto 2012 bartlett pear, lemon zest, slate   10.00
Bruno Giacosa Arneis, Piedmont 2012 peach skin, apricot, white flower   14.00
Bibi Graetz "Bianco Di Casamatta" Vermentino, Tuscany 2011 yellow plum, nectarine, mineral   11.00
Donnafugata Anthilia Catarrato, Sicily 2012 pear, lemon peel, flowers   10.00
Dipinti Sauvignon Blanc, Trentino 2012 ruby red grapefruit, fig, nutmeg.   13.00
Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto, Umbria 2012 persimmon, chalk, tarragon   10.00
Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo, Sicily 2011 orange blossom, melon, herbs   13.00
Castello Della Sala "Bramito" Chardonnay, Umbria 2012 lemon pie, sweet cream, light oak   13.00

Red

Pietrafitta "Chianti Colli Senesi" Sangiovese, Tuscany 2009 black cherry, plum, spice   14.00
Tramin Blauburgunder (Pinot Nero), Alto Adige 2012 rainier cherry, sage, vivacious acidity   14.00
Fratelli Revello Barbera D'Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2012 blackberry, violet, bright acidity   15.00
Cantina Sociale Coopertiva "Copertino Riserva" Negroamaro, Puglia 2007 plum, blackberry, leather.   13.00
Piane Di Maggio "Agriverde" Montepulciano, Abruzzo 2011 black cherry, strawberry preserves, theyme   10.00
Cusumano Nero D' Avola, Sicily 2011 stewed cherry, smoke, violet   11.00
Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Merlot, Umbria 2010 red currant, tar, vanilla   13.00
Santadi "Grotto Grosso" Carignano Del Sulcis, Sardinia 2010 black cherry, fennel blossom, dried rose   12.00
Palmadina Refosco, Friuli 2009 blackberry, graphite, anise   12.00
Vitiano Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Umbria 2011 black currant, grilled herb, spice.   14.00

 

The 'I' Indicates A Vermouth That Is Lighter In Color. 'D' Indicates A Darker Vermouth.
Balena
1633 N Halsted St
Btwn W Willow St & W North Ave
(312) 867-3888
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