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Balena

1633 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-867-3888
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Description:

Chris Pandel’s rustic-regional spot is like your favorite sweater in restaurant form: Yes it looks good, but it makes you feel even better. The kitchen excels when flour is involved: pillowy pizzas, hearty pastas, and a simple mushroom bruschetta that will have you singing from the (very high) rafters. Meatier mains, including fall-apart braised short ribs swimming in red sauce, make a strong impression as well. Affable servers can occasionally stumble over pacing, but take another sip from one of the potent amaro-laced cocktails and you’ll be too delighted to care. Desserts shine.

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Dishes We Liked

Mushroom bruschetta ($14), fennel sausage pizza ($17), orecchiette with kale ($16), braised short ribs ($25), tiramisù ($8), Creole cocktail ($11)

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Rating:
Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D nightly.
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