"El Biscella" (transl. bully boy) is an Italian song in Milanese dialect[2] from the early 1960s composed by Giovanni D'Anzi[3] and Alfredo Bracchi.

"El Biscella"
Veduta della Porta Ticinese, Milano, vista dal corso San Gottardo verso il centro.jpg
Single by Giovanni D'Anzi
GenreFolk music
LabelMeldy Fonola
  • Giovanni D'Anzi
  • Alfredo Bracchi


"Biscella" is a Milanese word[4] meaning "curly" (derived from bisc-bish, meaning hedgehog), a kind of bully who tries to intimidate people, but whose clumsy manners and extravagant costumes make him more comical than dangerous.

The song tells the story of a "biscella" that lives in Porta Ticinese neighbourhood who goes to parties, and that everyone behind his back laughs[5] for his ridiculous clothes and his awkward way of dancing.


  1. ^ "El Biscella 20 10 1969". canzoneitaliana.it. Retrieved 2021-10-23.
  2. ^ "Le canzoni a Milano tra il 1918 e il 1950" (PDF). anticacredenzasantambrogiomilano.org. Retrieved 2021-10-23.
  3. ^ "Giovanni D'Anzi – On Milanes Sentimental / El Biscella". discogs.com. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  4. ^ Ilaria Maria Preti (December 28, 2017). "Cosa significa Biscella? Lo saprai al Bar Domm" (in Italian). cronacaossona.com. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Oliviero Spada (September 1, 2021). "Nostalgia de Milan per il teatro della memoria" (in Italian). milanofree.it. Retrieved October 23, 2021.

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