La Balera dell’Ortica is the perfect spot in Milan to celebrate your birthday while singing and dancing your night away to the traditional Italian hits, the way your grandparents would have.
Milan’s Ortica has always been a very interesting neighborhood, like a small village in what was once the suburbs; nowadays Ortica is an artistic and relatively vibrant neighborhood that pays homage to the most famous artists that lived or worked here through a few colourful street art walls around the area, among them Enzo Jannacci or Nobel Prize for Literature Dario Fo.
La Balera dell’Ortica is both a trattoria and a balera, that is, a typical old-style dancing hall. A dinner at this place sums up a few peculiarities of the traditional Italian night out: the Balera is a very down to earth get-together spot with long wooden tables, unassuming mise en place and a small band that plays popular music.
Everything about La Balera dell’Ortica sounds very familiar to the Italian people indeed: the abundant traditional food, such as arrosticini and polpette, the wine flowing and the game of bocce too. Book in advance and get ready to learn how to “far festa” the Italian way and, most importantly, don’t take yourself too seriously: hop up on the stage for karaoke and get that vibe going: the most memorable nights are always the ones that start with a bunch of friends sitting around a table. You will doubly enjoy your night if you show up dressed accordingly!