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STARTERS. Oven Roasted Shishito Peppers, Tuna Conserva , Lemon 14 Frillman Farms Arugula Salad, Pine Nuts, Dante Cheese 11 Lamb Liver Bruschetta , Chopped Lamb Liver, Radish, Chives, Potato Bread 12 Market Cucumbers, Pickled Melon, Red Onion, Black Olive Vinaigrette 14

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STARTERS

Oven Roasted Shishito Peppers, Tuna Conserva, Lemon 14

Frillman Farms Arugula Salad, Pine Nuts, Dante Cheese 11

Lamb Liver Bruschetta, Chopped Lamb Liver, Radish, Chives, Potato Bread 12

Market Cucumbers, Pickled Melon, Red Onion, Black Olive Vinaigrette 14

BurratadiPanna, Strawberry Mostarda, Radish, Mustard Greens 16

Tuscan Kale “Caesar Salad”, Tonnato, Sardines, Croutons 12

Scallop Crudo, Green Curried Yogurt, Spruce Tips 12

Cumin & Coriander Focaccia, Green Ceci Hummus 6

SALAMI FROM THE GREY PLUME, OMAHA, NE

Dill & Black Pepper

Kaffir Lime, Ginger, Lemon Verbena

Red Wine & Garlic

18

SELECTION OF PECORINO

  • Gregoriano, 2 months, Abruzzo

  • StagionatoGrotta, 4 months, Tuscany

  • Crotonese, 6 months, Sardinia

  • 17

PASTA

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe15

TaglioliniNero, Crab, Sea Urchin, Chili 19

Orecchiette, Kale, Lemon, Bread Crumbs, Chili 16

Potato & Leek Ravioli, Black Truffles, Chives 21

Rigatoni, Pork Ragu, Porcini Mushrooms 16

Hen Egg Tajarin, Sage, Brown Butter 15

BavettePomodoro, Basil, Olive Oil 15

12” PIZZA

Suggested for the table, during peak times may take longer to prepare.

Spicy Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Tomato 19

Spicy Sausage, Red Onion, Tomato, Mozzarella 18

Fava Leaf, Lamb Pancetta, Smoked Mozzarella, Green Olives 22

Grilled Peaches, Speck, Tropea Onion, Chevre, Arugula 24

Mushroom, Fontina, Taleggio, Scallion, Thyme 20

GRILL/OVEN/ROTISSERIE

Swan Creek Rotisserie Pork Chop, Summer Vegetable Salad 32

Hanger Steak, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Sherry Vinaigrette 24

Wood Grilled Quail, Bitter Greens, Green Curry Vinaigrette, Cucumbers 27

Gunthorp Farms Salt & Pepper Chicken Thighs, Spicy Romanesco, Anchovy 23

Whole Grilled Rushing Waters Trout, Pickled Sour Cherries, Pistachios, Plums 26

36 oz Bistecca, Lemon, Salt, Olive Oil, Roast Garlic Head 69

SIDES

Baked Polenta, Tomato Fondue, Dante Cheese 8

Sweet Onion Gratinato, White Wine, Cream, GranaPadano 8

Grilled Romano Beans, Horseradish Gremolata, Mint 8

Charred Radicchio, Dante Cheese, Parsley 8

The menu is thoughtfully created by Chef/Owner Chris Pandel.

Many items on the menu contain ingredients that are not listed; please inform your server of any food allergies or dietary restrictions before you place your order.

The Chicago Department of Public Health advises that consumption of raw or undercooked foods may result in an increased risk of foodborne illness.


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APERITIVO

The following are served on the rocks with an orange peel. Our vermouth selection is listed in order of intensity, from lowest to highest. The ‘l’ indicates a vermouth that is lighter in color. ‘d’ indicates a darker vermouth.

  • Dolin Dry (l) 8

  • tarragon, hyssop, stone fruit

  • Cocchi Americano (l)9

  • artemisia flowers, gentian, bitter orange

  • Dolin Bianco(l)8

  • slate, lemon thyme, grapefruit peel

  • Imbue Bittersweet (l) 11

  • elderflower, tamgerine, vanilla

  • VerganoBianco(l)15

  • thyme, marjoram, wormwood

  • Bonal(l) 8

  • gentiana, red cherries, plum

  • Dolin Rouge (d) 8

  • clove, chestnut honey, fig

  • Vergano Americano (d) 15

  • woodsy, clove, red cherries

  • CarpanoAntica(d) 10

  • mint, plum, almonds

  • Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (d) 9

  • cocoa, lemon peel, rhubarb

  • Carpano Punt e Mes (d) 9

  • coffee, cola, bitter orange peel

  • ContrattoRosso(d) 10

  • cardamom, coriander, juniper

  • Vya Sweet Vermouth (d) 11

  • cinnamon, nutmeg, candied raspberries

BITTERS MIXOLOGY

Balena cocktails are an exploration of amaro and the bitters from countries

surrounding Italy as the basis of our mixology.

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  • Strawberry no1

  • Dimmi, Grey Goose, Fragoli, La MarcaProsecco, wild strawberry

  • Rosemary no2

  • Campari, Aperol, fresh sour, egg white, flamed rosemary

  • Mirto no2

  • Nardini Myrtle Berry, Old Forester bourbon, Pernod absinthe, orange bitters

  • Manlino no3

  • Aperol, Bombay Dry, fresh sour, soda

  • Carmella no3

  • Amaro CioCiaro, AtlanticoReservarum, CarpanoAntica, Benedictine, orange bitters

  • Negroni no5

  • Plymouth gin, Campari, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino

  • Francesco no5

  • AvernaAmaro, Templeton Rye whiskey, CarpanoAntica, Cointreau

  • Montenegro no6

  • Amaro Montenegro, Nolet gin, Bitter Truth grapefruit bitters, orange peel

  • Pina no9

  • AmaroSibilla, HerraduraReposado, Cointreau, grapefruit, sage

  • FIB no10

  • Amaro dell Erborista, Ransom gin, pink grapefruit, basil

  • all cocktails 11

  • we are here to serve you and can make most cocktails upon request

WINE

  • SPARKLING

  • ROSATO

  • La MarcaProsecco, Veneto (dry) NV 12 / 49apple, lemon, cream

  • Donelli “Amabile” Lambrusco, Emilia Romania (red, semisweet) 10 / 49strawberry, kirsch, spice

  • Ca’ del BoscoChardonnay, Pinot Noir, Franciacorta (dry) NV16 / 59lemon zest, fresh biscuit, wet stone

Ambra“Rosato Di Carmignano” Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Tuscany 2011 11 / 39red raspberries, licorice, candied rose

  • RED

  • WHITE

  • Castello di Volpaia“Chianti Classico” Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Tuscany 2010 14 / 51black cherry, plum, vanilla

  • Terre NereNerelloMascalese, Sicily 2011 13 / 50red flower, raspberry, cherry

  • J. HofstätterBlauburgunder (Pinot Nero),Alto Adige 201214 / 55rainier cherry, sage, vivacious acidity

  • Librandi “CiroRosso” Gaglioppo, Calabria 2010 11 / 39red cherry, dried fig, cinnamon

  • Fratelli “Revello” BarberaD’Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2012 15 / 56blackberry, violet, bright acidity

  • LiveliPassamante “SaliceSalentino” Negroamaro, Puglia 2010 12 / 43plum, prune, spice

  • RoccaNero D’Avola, Sicily 2011 11 / 39stewed cherry, smoke, violet

  • Piane Di Maggio “Agriverde” Montepulciano, Abruzzo 2011 11 / 39black cherry, strawberry preserves, thyme

  • ArnaldoCapraiMontefalcoRossoSangiovese, Sagrantino, Merlot, Umbria 2010 12 / 44red currant, tar, vanilla

  • PoderiEliaDolcetto, Piedmont 2010 12 / 43red currant, red raspberry, tobacco

  • Santadi “Grotto Grosso” Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia 2010 12 / 47black cherry, fennel blossom, dried rose

  • Bruno GiacosaNebbioloD’Alba, Piedmont 2011 19 / 73red raspberry, dried rose petal, earth

  • PalmadinaRefosco, Friuli 2009 12 / 47blackberry, graphite, anise

  • CastellodiVolpaia “Prelius” Cabernet Sauvignon, Tuscany 2011 13 / 47black currant, grilled herb, spice

AnterraPinot Grigio, Veneto 2012 10 / 35bartlett pear, lemon zest, slate

Bruno GiacosaArneis, Piedmont 2011 14 / 51peach skin, apricot, white flower

CastelveroCortese, Piedmont 2012 10 / 39white flower, pear, citrus

BibiGraetz “BiancodiCasamatta” Vermentino, Tuscany 2011 11 / 39yellow plum, nectarine, mineral

Stefano Massone “Gavi” Cortese, Piedmont 2012 13 / 45pear, lemon, crisp minerality

DonnafugataAnthiliaCatarrato, Sicily 2012 10 / 36pear, lemon peel, flowers

FontaleoniVernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany 2012 12 / 43honeydew, orange peel, honey

AttemsSauvignon Blanc, Friuli 2011 13 / 48gooseberry, lime zest, hay

ArnaldoCapraiGrechetto, Umbria 2012 10 / 39persimmon, chalk, tarragon

Salviano “Orvieto” Procanico, Umbria 2011 11 / 39pear, fujiapple, mineral

DonnafugataLigheaZibibbo, Sicily 2011 13 / 48orange blossom, melon, herbs

MandrarossaFiano, Sicily 2010 11 / 35pineapple, pear, citrus

Rapitala “Piano Maltese” Grillo, Catarratto, Sicily 2010 11 / 39starfruit, citrus, spice

Castello Della Sala “Bramito” Chardonnay, Umbria 2012 13 / 47lemon pie, sweet cream, light oak

BEER & SODA(BOTTLED)

Menabrea‘BirraBionda’, Light Lager, Biella, Italy (11.2oz) 7lemon zest, fresh mint, grain

Menabrea ‘BirraAmbrata’, Amber Ale, Biella, Italy (11.2oz) 8apricot, chestnut honey, caramel malt

Grieskirchner ‘Bier Specialitaten’, Weisse, Grieskirchen, Austria(16.9oz) 10

spicy clove, preserved lemon, banana peel

Grieskirchner, ‘Bier Specialitaten, Pils, Grieskirchen, Austria(11.2oz) 6

floral hops, lemongrass, honeyed maltLurisia “Gazzosa”, Sfusato Lemon Soda, Roccaforte Mondovi, Italy (9.3oz) 4

amalfi lemon, tart citrus, clean carbonation

CollesiImper Ale, Bionda, Apeechio, Italy (16.9oz) 20

caramel, fresh cut grass, violet

CollesiImper Ale ‘TriploMalto’, Tripel, Apeechio, Italy (16.9oz) 19

oats, vanilla bean, stone fruit

St. Peters ‘Gluten Free’, Sorghum Beer, Suffolk, UK (16.9oz) 14

grass, mandarin oranges, minty hops

Lurisia “Chinotto”, Chinotto Soda, Roccaforte Mondovi, Italy (9.3oz) 4cola, orange citrus, spice


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