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About Us

Tradition: Old World Italian Restaurant

Family owned & operated since 1931

The original Milano Café was founded in 1931 by my grandfather Frank and his brother Joe Guagenti. The two brothers from Sicily introduced to Lima the knowledge and skill of preparing authentic Italian dishes using only the finest of herbs, meats, greens, olive oils and vegetables. My grandfather continued in the restaurant business and over the years became widely known for his culinary skills.
In the 1950’s, my father Joe and his brother Dominic, second generation, joined my grandfather in the business. In the early 1960’s, they, along with my grandfather, opened the Milano Club in downtown Lima which was nationally recognized on many occasions.

Old Milano
Dining Room

At an early age, I had the opportunity to work with my father and uncle at the Milano Club and learned the traditions and culinary talents passed on from my grandfather. In 1980 I joined the family business, proudly representing the third generation to be involved with the Milano brand, serving the Lima community for over 85 years. Our dishes are made to order, our sauces are made fresh from scratch, our meats are cut on premise and our family philosophy of “Fresh is Best” was and will always remain a standard in our kitchen. We will continue to do our utmost to provide you the finest in food, quality service and atmosphere, and hope you will give us the opportunity to serve you often in the future. Enjoy!