balena bread and mozzarella
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Balena

Chicago
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Mon5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tues5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wed5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thu5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sat4:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Sun2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sun4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Balena

1633 N Halsted St

Chicago, IL 60614

The menu at this acclaimed collaborative effort between Boka Restaurant Group and B. Hospitality Co. showcases executive chef/partner Chris Pandel's modern-yet-homey interpretation of Italian cuisine, and spans from hearth-fired pizzas and burrata di panna to far-from-ordinary house-made pastas, including tagliolini nero tossed with crab, sea urchin, and mint, and walnut pesto-coated Sardinian gnocchi. The concept also offers an exceptional brunch program packed with sweet and savory dishes.