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Potato gnocchi with beef heart Bolognese
Let's just get the scary part out of the way: beef heart. Yes, the winter gnocchi ($16) at Balena is draped in a sauce of heart of cow. If that makes you squeamish, just think of it as the beef Bolognese it is (and looks like). But know that the heart, sourced from a ranch in Northwest Illinois, makes for a wonderfully robust, tangy, salty, meat sauce that, spread across a gentle bed of gnocchi, adds up to a soul-warming winter dish. 1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888