In Milan, a corner of Buenos Aires born from the vision of Fabio Acampora and the Argentine brothers Sebastian and Alejandro Bernardez to offer the best of food and the legendary “vida tanguera”.
In the name, a declaration of love. Yes, because this beautiful place hidden in the small via Speronari, near Piazza Duomo, is inspired by the “Porteños”, “those of the port”, the name by which the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called, a concept romantically linked to gentlemen and ladies of fortune who have reached or left Argentina through a long voyage.
Like tango, El Porteño Gourmet is a place full of passion, color, vibes, and above all authenticity. Not only does its raw material par excellence, meat, comes from Argentina, but also most of the furnishings.
El Porteño Gourmet is passion and fun, like tango.
(Fabio Acampora, founder)
Fabio, one of the three partners and friends, a refined lover of art and interior design, has recreated the suggestions of a private house in the Buenos Aires of the 40s by sending the many objects he selects during his research trips over from Argentina by cargo, such as the wooden parquet, the windows or the huge vintage icebox, all original from the post-war period.
In the Porteño bars – the Gourmet is the fourth in Milan after Darsena, Arena and Prohibido – there is never a shortage of symbols of Argentina such as the photo of Carlos Gardel, the international emblem of Tango famous for the wonderful song Por una Cabeza, the red velvet curtains and a soundtrack that echoes of bandoneón and sensual dancers.
Boasting romantic soft lights also at lunchtime, the gastronomic offer of El Porteño Gourmet focuses, of course, on meat such as grilled beef, pork and veal cooked slowly in the parilla grill which, specially designed for each room, can be admired from the open kitchen which allows guests to follow the brigade’s expert work.
In addition to the typical Argentine dishes, such as empanadas or chicken en escabeche, there is no shortage of gourmet specialties such as meat sashimi dishes, including the delicious Sashimi Porteño based on Fassona fillet marinated with soy, orange and Dijon mustard in grains. And for real meat lovers, be sure to try the entraña, an intercostal cut of Black Angus, and the large selection of Argentine beef fillets.
The excellent wine cellar offers the most renowned Argentine labels such as Malbec and Torrontes, as well as the biggest names of national reds and whites, sparkling wines and Champagne.
And for those who want to take the opportunity to enjoy Milan and maybe book a tango show at the wonderful Porteño Prohibito, next to the Gourmet it is possible to stay in the Speronari Suites, created by Paolo Catoni and Martino Corti of HotelSolutions, hospitality partner of the restaurant.
Fabio and Sebastian, in addition to being friends, also share a passion for horses and polo, which is why in every Porteño there is at least one room dedicated to this game complete with clubs, cups and memorabilia.