Cafe Milano

3251 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007


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

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

Cafe Milano

At this longtime celeb hangout, the pastas are named after fashion designers.

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.