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‘Mamma mia!,' you want to shout after forking into the fat, creamy, roasted mushrooms atop grilled bread. Balena tastes like an Italian grandmother whipped up the wood-fired pizzas, house-cured salumi and saucy pastas. But don't let the rusticness fool you: complex, finessed flavors are at work here. The cavernous, exposed-brick and wood-beam room echoes with chatter and clattering plates.