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Balena

  • What Three-star Italian restaurant
  • Where Lincoln Park
  • Style Thin crust
  • Top pie Sausage
Photo: Eric Kleinberg

“The pizzas come when they come,” you’re told when you order. That means you could be midway through your relaxed dinner at this temple of rustic Italian food when your pie makes its grand appearance and overshadows everything else on the table. A thin, snappy base laden with milky mozzarella and note-perfect toppings (spicy fennel sausage on one, pistachio pesto on another) gives way to a wonderfully bready outer crust, airy but with plenty of chew and char. It’s a thing of beauty fresh out of the oven—and still is the next morning when you pull the leftovers from the fridge. 1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888

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