Balena

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

In a stunning cathedral of a dining room—boasting plush leather seats, soaring flower displays, and a cocktail list that will make you see stars—chef Chris Pandel has created the kind of fun, accessible menu that gives modern Italian cooking a good name. All your Mediterranean food fantasies are here under one roof: a brilliant Italian wine list, a composed octopus farro salad drizzled with salami vinaigrette, wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, the creamiest pomodoro sauce in town, and a small but smart entrée list. And if the apricot-honey gelato sundae spiked with prosecco doesn’t make you giggle, no dessert ever will.

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Dishes We Liked

Peter’s bread ($6), octopus and farro salad ($14), rigatoni with pork ragu ($15), Bavette pomodoro ($15), mushroom pizza ($16), mixed grill ($25), sweet onion gratinato ($7), float made with prosecco, apricot sorbetto, burnt honey gelato, and honeycomb ($9)

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Rating:
Price: $30-$39
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: D nightly.