Meet the Owner

Franco Nuschese

Business executive Franco Nuschese is the owner of several diversified enterprises with global interests.

He is president of Georgetown Entertainment Group LLC, as well as the internationally well-known Washington, D.C. restaurant, Cafe Milano. He is also president of Capital Wines, LLC, a producer of fine Italian wines.

Born in the town of Minori on the fabled Italian Amalfi Coast, Nuschese began his career as a marketing professional first in London and then in Las Vegas. During his tenure in Las Vegas, from 1983 to 1991, Nuschese managed restaurants for Caesars Palace and, in mid-1994, Nuschese opened two restaurants, La Scala and TreVisi, at MGM Grand Hotel/Casino. In 2001, he sold these interests to concentrate on his restaurant business in the Washington DC area.   
Nuschese first came to Washington in 1991, as general manager with a group opening the Italian restaurant Bice. In 1992, Nuschese opened Cafe Milano and through his marketing skills and initiatives, this Georgetown restaurant immediately soared to top-ranked status.
Proud of his Italian heritage, Nuschese is active in organizations that support the Italian culture in America.  An especially personal achievement for Nuschese was hosting the 81st birthday lunch for Pope Benedict XVI on April 16, 2008, at the Vatican Embassy during the Pope’s visit to the Nation’s Capital.

In 2006 Nuschese received the Award for Excellence in Business at the Sons of Italy Foundation’s National Education and Leadership gala. In 2008 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Nuschese is a board member of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology and of the Global Virus Network. He serves as member of the Georgetown University Italian Research Institute Board of Advisers. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council.

Nuschese is Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the Order of Malta. He is “Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in recognition for setting a positive image of Italians in America and throughout the world.

Nuschese believes passionately in reinvesting in the community, donating regularly to civic and charitable organizations. He currently is involved with Catholic Charities, with the Children's National Medical Center, and contributes to events benefiting American military troops and veterans. In 2015 Nuschese received the Cafe Milano Award at the Children’s Ball from the Children’s National Health System.
Nuschese is respected for his ability as a toastmaster -- drawing upon his sense of humor and natural ability to be a consummate entertainer.