Opened in 2014, El Porteño Arena is one of the cult clubs of the Milanese scene, born from the encounter between Fabio Acampora and the Argentine brothers Sebastian and Alejandro Bernardez with the dream of recreating the magical atmosphere of the Buenos Aires' nights.
Inspired by the name by which the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called, which means “originating from the port”, El Porteño Arena is as passionate as it is authentic in every detail. From the furnishings that arrive directly via overseas cargo containers, to the best meat, obviously Argentinian, up to the music and personnel.
From the large entrance hall, on which lays a spectacular bar counter that stands out against a mezzanine floor reminiscent of a colonial theater, small, romantic rooms unfold, each characterized by a unique and particular style: from the one with wooden parquet and large red velvet curtains to the one with cement tiles and open kitchen.
On the walls, display cases and shelves contain objects and photographs that fix the soul of the Argentine people, starting with images of tango dancers, declared an Intangible World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2009.
Our restaurant is a bulwark of the “Porteña” identity, made of tango, strong passions and good food.
(Fabio Acampora & Sebastian and Alejandro Bernardez, founders)
A meat lover’s paradise, the Porteño’s cuisine offers various delicious grilled-cook cuts such as entraña, an intercostal section of Black Angus, or beef fillets, as well as the most popular typical Argentine dishes, such as empanadas or pollo en escabeche.
And like the most passionate tangueros, El Porteño also hides a secret: it is El Porteño Zaguán, a secret location, inspired by the colonial houses of Buenos Aires, whose name derives from the Hispanic word in Arabic istawán, a sort of hall prior to the main patio used in ancient South American buildings.
Theater of the most exclusive dinners and parties in Milan, the space is divided into several communicating rooms: two with tables for dining and a bar one characterized by a beautiful 1940s wooden counter and a lounge with Chesterfield armchairs and sofa reminiscent of old England.
For Argentine meat lovers, in addition to the Porteño Darsena, two new realities have also recently debuted: El Porteño Gourmet, the only one also open for lunch, and El Porteño Prohibido which combines good food with the sensuality of live music and performances by the refined artistic direction of Miguel Angel Zotto.
In each Porteño there are “lucky charms” that the owners placed in all the restaurants of the group: from the photo of Carlos Gardel to the large vintage wooden icebox up to horse polo’s cups and memorabilia, a sport of which Fabio and Sebastian are passionate players.