Slideshow: First Look: Balena

Inside Balena
Inside Balena
The old Landmark space has been completely transformed. It's kind of hard to even remember the old space. The design is more open, with a greater use of natural light.
Spicy Grilled Short Ribs, Charred Orange, Basil ($13)
Spicy Grilled Short Ribs, Charred Orange, Basil ($13)
"This is an Italian riff on a Korean dish. It uses all Italian ingredients. The short ribs are marinated for five days and then grilled. It's sweet, spicy, and delicious."
Spicy Sausage, Red Onion, Tomato, Mozzarella ($14)
Spicy Sausage, Red Onion, Tomato, Mozzarella ($14)
The pizza is cooked in the conventional oven, and features a crust that is basically just a great bread.
Tagliolini Nero, Crab, Sea Urchin, Chile ($19)
Tagliolini Nero, Crab, Sea Urchin, Chile ($19)
This black pasta has a serious chile kick, but that's balanced by the sweet hunks of crab.
Sliced Winter Citrus, Avocado, Burnt Pine Nut ($11)
Sliced Winter Citrus, Avocado, Burnt Pine Nut ($11)
"This is totally refreshing. We were planning to open in the dead of winter, so I had this citrus salad planned. Of course, now we are adapting to the spring weather."
Tajarin with Pork Ragu ($14)
Tajarin with Pork Ragu ($14)
This comforting dish is one of the many pastas on the menu.
Grilled Head-On Prawns, Grapes, Finger Chiles, Aioli ($19)
Grilled Head-On Prawns, Grapes, Finger Chiles, Aioli ($19)
The shrimp are cooked on the wood-burning grill. The shrimp's sweetness is accentuated by some grapes, and then balanced with some chiles.
Grilled Sturgeon, Glazed Carrots, White Balsamic ($21)
Grilled Sturgeon, Glazed Carrots, White Balsamic ($21)
Another dish that utilizes the grill, the sturgeon are cut into thin slices and served on sweet carrots and drizzled with white balsamic vinegar.
Tiramisu ($8)
Tiramisu ($8)
This dessert from Amanda Rockman comes with chocolate sauce, coffee streusel, and roasted pear.
Grapefruit, Dry Meringue, Cinnamon, Aperol Granite ($8)
Grapefruit, Dry Meringue, Cinnamon, Aperol Granite ($8)
This Sorbetti is a lighter and more refreshing way to end the meal.