Chris Pandel vs. Rick Bayless on The Feed: Cauliflower Challenge

Balena Truffle Pizza

2012 Eater Awards: Chris Pandel Named Chef of the Year

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CS Reviews Balena: Go Team!

“Balena is one of the better restaurants I’ve eaten at in the last few years, on par with some of my recent favorites like Acadia and the now defunct Kith and Kin. Indeed, as its name translates, it’s a whale of a restaurant.”

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Michelin Awards Balena with 2013 Bib Gourmand

Balena Named One of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012 by Bon Appétit

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Chicago Tribune: “A Whale of a Restaurant…Three Stars”

“Great pizzas…I could eat the spicy-sausage version, or the mortadella-pistachio-onion combo, every day.”

“But the pastas are sensational too. And the desserts — dear Lord, the desserts.”

“…these guys (Bristol and BOKA) haven’t missed yet.”

Read Phil Vettel’s review

Balena Gets Four Stars from TimeOut Chicago

“Chris Pandel’s follow-up to the Bristol brims with talent.”

“…the tiramisu is a dessert so unlike the wet, rum-soaked original that it feels almost insulting to call it by its name. Can we all just agree to call it genius?”

“…the scope and versatility of the drink program is such that I wouldn’t go back to Balena without ordering a cocktail”

Read Julia Kramer’s review

Pandel on Pasta: Chitarra