Try it Tuesday-Chicago #43

The place: Balena

The eats:
Peter's bread: carrot multigrain, tomato crostini, sage & lavender, & chocolate cherry sourdough
Tuscan kale "caesar salad", tonnato, sardines, croutons
Duck egg tajarin, sage, brown butter pasta
Spicy salami, tomato, mozzarella pizza

The review:
This spot is one of the sister restaurants of one of our favorites, Girl & the Goat. This being said, it did not disappoint! I waited at the bar for E to arrive and enjoyed the Strawberry cocktail from their Bitters Mixology menu. The atmosphere here was great, the bar included. The dinner menu was exceptional -- simple and full of enticing dishes. We had a very difficult time deciding on what to order, but were very pleased with our choices. Though I typically don't love Italian spots -- I make an exception for this one. It had the rustic feel and non-traditional menu. Can't wait for the cooler weather, as this place will be very cozy during fall!