La Balera dell’Ortica, halfway between a trattoria and a town festival, is the perfect restaurant to celebrate a birthday or dance your night away in Milan to the Italian hits from the Sixties, the way your grandparents would have.
La Balera dell’Ortica sums up a few peculiarities of the old-style Italian night out with friends. It is a very down to earth get-together spot with long wooden tables, unassuming mise en place, popular dances and the game of “bocce”: in a few words, it used to be and still is the perfect place to share your time after work with relatives and friends.
Milan’s Ortica has always been a very interesting neighborhood, like a small village in what was once the suburbs. Nowadays Ortica is a relatively quiet and vibrant neighborhood that still pays homage to the most famous artists that lived or worked here, such as Enzo Jannacci or Nobel Prize for Literature Dario Fo, through a few colourful street art walls around the area.
Everything about La Balera dell’Ortica sounds very familiar to the Italian people: the most memorable nights are always the ones that start with a bunch of friends sitting around a table. Get ready to learn how to “far festa” the Italian way and, most importantly, don’t take yourself too seriously: enjoy the abundant traditional food such as arrosticini and polpette, drink a lot of wine and get that vibe going. You will doubly enjoy your night if you show up dressed accordingly!