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    $$$7.01 - $12
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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 "gin & juice", kaffir lime & chili flake, dill & black pepper.   16.00
Selection Of Buffalo Milk Cheeses blu di bufala, 3 months, lombardy, honeycomb caciocavallo, 4 months, lombardy, essenza casatica, 1 month, lombardy, charred dates   17.00
Spiced Olives    5.00
Arugula Salad pine nuts, dante cheese   11.00
Zampone beluga lentils, raspberry jam, mustard greens   11.00
Burrata Di Panna grilled asparagus, spring onion mustard greens   11.00
Endive Salad wild citrus, parmigiano reggiano, anchovy vinaigrette   13.00
Tripe Fettunta fava beans, english peas, bone marrow, fried egg   11.00
Tuscan Kale "Caesar Salad" tonnato, sardines, croutons   12.00
Duck Liver Bruschetta black pepper, essenza   10.00

Pasta

Sized As A Mid Course

Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe    13.00
Bavette pomodoro, basil, olive oil   15.00
Rigatoni pork ragu, porcini mushrooms   16.00
Strozzapreti razor clams, cresida cress, bottarga   22.00
Chitarra with snail bolognese, soft herbs, bread crumbs   16.00
Gnocchi Sardo chicken sugo, burnt escarole, preserved lemon, chili flake   14.00
Paccheri lamb pancetta, smoked potatoes, illinois ramps, pecorino di parco   15.00
Orecchiette kale, lemon, bread crumbs, chili   16.00
Tagliolini Nero crab, sea urchin, chili   19.00
Hen Egg Tajarin sage, brown butter   14.00

Grill, Oven & Rotisserie

Grilled Alaskan Halibut beluga lentils, cilantro salsa verde   26.00
Hanger Steak grilled king trumpet, porcini mustard, frisee salad   22.00
Roasted ½ Chicken creamy polenta, sunchoke, pickled radicchio, chicken jus   25.00
Swan Creek 16oz Rotisserie Pork Chop market vegetable salad   28.00
Whole Grilled Branzino pickled cranberries, pistachios, grapes   27.00

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
Frillman Farms Glazed Farm Carrots ginger, honey, mint   8.00
Charred Bitter Greens green curry yogurt vinaigrette   9.00
Sweet Onion Gratinato white wine, cream, grana padano   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
Porchetta Di Testa creamed leeks, english peas, mozzarella, pea shoots   17.00
Fennel Sausage red onion, tomato, mozzarella, chili flake   16.00
Brussels Sprout red onion, pancetta, pecorino romano   19.00
Rhubarb ricotta, guanciale, spring onion, mint   16.00
Mushroom fontina, taleggio, scallion, thyme   18.00

Bitters Mixology $11

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

1. Strawberry st. germain, ketel one vodka, fragoli, prosecco, wild strawberry   
2. Rosemary campari, aperol, fresh sour, egg white, flamed rosemary   
3. Manlino aperol, bombay, fresh sour, soda   
3. Carmella amaro cio ciaro, cruzan rum, carpano antica, benedictine, orange bitters   
5. Negroni plymouth, campari, cocchi vermouth di torino   
5. Creole george dicke 8yr tennessee whiskey, cynar, angostura bitters, bitter truth creole bitters   
5. Francesco averna amaro, old forrester 100 proof whiskey, carpano antica, combier   
6. Montenegro amaro montenegro, beefeater gin, bitter truth grapefruit bitters, orange peel   
9. Pina amaro sibilla, maestro dobel tequila, combier, grapefruit, sage   
10. FIB amaro dell erborista, ransom gin, pink grapefruit, basil   

Beer & Soda

Bottled.

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
Collesi Imper Ale, Bionda, Apecchio, Italy caramel, fresh cut grass, violet  (16.9oz) 20.00
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

 

Desserts

Tiramisu chocolate sauce, coffee streusel   9.00
Affogato vanilla gelato, espresso, cinnamon sugar donuts   9.00
Grapefruit Torte whipped honey ricotta, caramelized almonds, grapefruit mint sorbetti   9.00
Chocolate And Hazelnut Croccante citrus marmalade, caramel krispies, gianduja gelato   9.00
Nougat Semifreddo orange, lemon crema, pistachio gelato   9.00
Rhubarb Crostata coconut cream cheese, vanilla gelato   9.00
Sorbetti seasonal selection   8.00
Gelato seasonal selection   8.00

Rare Tea Cellars Tea

Emperor’s Mint Meritage    4.00
Emperor’s Chamomile    4.00
Decaf Regal English Breakfast    4.00
Italian Green Almondine    4.00
First Flush Darjeeling    4.00
Sicilian Wild Flower Chai    4.00
2003 Oak Aged Pu-Erh    8.00

La Colombe Coffee

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

Wine 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
Bisol "Cuvee Rose" Merlot, Pinot Noir, Veneto NV citrus, fresh red berries, crisp   15.00

White

Anterra Pinot Grigio, Veneto 2012 bartlett pear, lemon zest, slate   10.00
Apollonio Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Puglia 2011 crisp, herbaceous, almond   14.00
Allegrini "Soave" Garanega, Chardonnay, Veneto 2012 lemon curd, magnolias, chalk   11.00
Dipinti Sauvignon Blanc, Trentino 2012 ruby red grapefruit, fig, nutmeg   10.00
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
Montenidoli "Tradizionale" Vernaccia, Tuscany 2010 hay, almond, rich   14.00

Rosato

Pasquale Pelisero "Crose" Nebbiolo, Piedmont 2011 fresh grass, strawberry, cherry   11.00

Red

Fattoria Du Grignano "Rosso Du Toscana" Sangiovese, Tuscany tart raspberry, tarragon, sweet tobacco   13.00
Tramin Pinot Noir, Alto Adige 2012 rainier cherry, sage, vivacious acidity   14.00
Ar.Pe.Pe Rosso Du Valtellina Nebbiolo, Lombardy 2010 white cherry, dried roses, wet stones   25.00
Fratelli Revello Barbera D’alba, Piedmont, Italy 2012 blackberry, violet, bright acidity   15.00
Tenuuta Del Priore Montepulciano, Abruzzo 2011 cherry pie, violets, wet slate   10.00
Santadi "Grotto Grosso" Carignan 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

 

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