Washington, District of Columbia
March 19, 2002
Milano, as you might guess, features Italian cuisine. Pastas are in the $12-20 range and entrees fall between $18 and $30, I believe. Specials, of course, are a bit more and vary by night.
My first trip to Milano was a casual affair - post-dinner drinks and dessert. A friend who frequents Milano suggested the creme brulee and although it's not usually my first choice, I did order the dessert. I was not disappointed. The delicate caramelized top... yum! I had a wonderful Italian dessert wine (a muscat) with the creme brulee.
Tempted with dessert, I could not wait to return. With my parents visiting me from PA, I took the opportunity to have the full dinner experience at Cafe Milano.
We started with a cocktail at the bar and sampled the complimentary olives the bartender offered. After being seated, we selected appetizers from the extensive menu. The buffala mozzarella with prosciutto was exquisite and my mother raved about the chicken broth with pasta. Usually a rather bland dish, the soup was spiced and delicious.
Entrees were uniform - awesome across the board. Members of my party sampled venison with potato gnocchi (the menu described the venison as stuffed, however it arrived simply with a tasty gravy), cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage, fettucini with shrimp and langoustines, spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola and veal ravioli with butter and sage. Venison received raves, as did the cavatelli. The veal ravioli is rich, but still very good.
The only negative for our visit was our seating location. We were in the main bar area and just next to a walkway used by servers to transport food to and from both the kitchen and other dining areas. Next time I'll know to ask for a table in the front of the room or in a quieter dining room.
Cafe Milano is located on Prospect Street in Georgetown, just off Wisconsin Avenue. Valet parking is available for $10.
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