Cafe Milano
At this longtime celeb hangout, the pastas are named after fashion designers.
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published October 10, 2006

Cafe Milano
Address: 3251 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-333-6183
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Open Monday and Tuesday 11:30 AM to 1 AM, Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 2 AM, and Sunday 11:30 AM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Fried shrimp; vitello tonnato; white asparagus flan; strozzapreti with salt cod, olives, capers, and tomato; Orechiette Kiton; pasta with shaved truffles; grilled veal chop; veal chop Milanese; roasted veal with mushroom risotto; margherita pizza.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $11 to $16; entrees, $14 to $26. Dinner appetizers, $11 to $18; entrees, $15 to $55.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Outdoor Seating

From January 2005 100 Very Best Restaurants

Franco Nuschese's Cafe Milano has long been a gathering place for Washington's glamorous set. Over the last few years Nuschese has transformed his restaurant from a single dining room to a complex of rooms--from a rustic upstairs wine room to the elegant Domingo room--that host social gatherings of all stripes.

Chef Domenico Cornacchia feeds his celebrity clientele well. 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. You might begin a meal here with a plate of beautifully fried shrimp, calamari, eggplant, and zucchini or perhaps a delicate flan of white asparagus with a poached egg and robiola cheese.

The kitchen will gladly serve a half order of pasta, so you might follow the antipasto with a plate of Cornacchia's wonderful strozzapreti with salt cod, olives, capers, and tomato. Good main-course choices include a veal chop, pounded and grilled and remarkably moist and flavorful, or roasted veal, paired with a rich mushroom risotto.
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