Since owner Franco Nuschese blazed onto the DC dining scene over twenty years ago, Cafe Milano has been a power center for diplomats, politicians, journalists, broadcasters, lobbyists, entertainers, and all who enjoy fine Italian food and gracious attentive service.
Guests savor genuine Southern Coastal Italian cuisine in a setting reminiscent of a stylish Milan boutique. Framed designer scarves adorn the walls in a creative and colorful homage to Italian fashion. The ceiling gives way to coves of hand-painted murals celebrating Italian culture, including the stunning portrait of famed opera singer, Placido Domingo, in the room named in his honor.
During warm-weather months, the front wall of floor-to-ceiling windows open onto an outdoor sidewalk patio, adding a touch of Northern Italy to the Georgetown streetscape, creating one of the most sought after dining spots in Washington.
Reviewers and guests can perhaps describe the experience of dining at Milano better than we can. Here’s what they say:
“Franco Nuschese’s Cafe Milano has long been a gathering place for Washington’s glamorous set... Strengths of the restaurant are its flexible menu and a staff that serves a casual diner who orders pizza, a salad, or a plate of pasta with the same respect as one who orders a full meal.”
“Cafe Milano shows that fashion can be long-lived and serve all ages. It never neglects substance for style.”
(The Washington Post)
“A swirl of young and old, Georgetown and Capitol Hill, Europe and Washington, and the closest thing you'll get to a celebrity palace in Washington is found at this restaurant.”
(New York Times)
“Staff executes European-service effortlessly and there is certainly a ‘buzz’ in the room. I was impressed by the kitchen, plus people-watching on a grand scale. Its popularity, in this diners view, is well-deserved.”
“Café Milano is like being in the front row of your favorite show. The action is great; everybody acts like it’s opening night,”
Come see what makes our clientele so passionate about us. Enjoy a memorable meal at your own special table or stop by for a signature cocktail at the bar. Who knows? You may begin to generate some intrigue of your own.
Let Cafe Milano cater to your every whim. We are expert at handling your event needs, from private receptions, corporate events, fundraisers, book parties, to anniversary, or birthday gatherings – we will bring your vision to life and help you impress your guests.