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The Milano Cafe is proud to hold your next event. We offer sit-down and buffet menus. Call us today to reserve your special event today!


Phone: (419) 331-2220


On February 26, 1920 my grandfather Frank Guagenti & his brother Joe sailed from the island of Sicily to the United States to fulfill their lifelong dreams of a better life and to have the opportunity to live the American dream.

Arriving in New York City then moving to Chicago to be with relatives, the two brothers moved to Lima in 1930. The pair opened the original Milano Cafe in 1932. The resaurant was simple in character and rich in pride. The Milano Cafe brought to Lima its first taste of pizza and an array of authentic Italian family dishes.

As faith would have it, my father Joseph and his brother Dominic joined the family business in the 50'2. In the early 1960's my family opened the Milano Club in downtown Lima. Under the watchful eyes of my family and housing chefs from around the world, the Milano club won numerous awards and gained national attention throughout the years.

In the 1970's I began to work many hours to learn the restaurant business from my family and its talented staff. After my college graduation, I had the opportunity to join the business and help carry on our proud family tradition.

In bringing back the Milano Cafe I hope to offer you many of the same family recipes served with the same pride that my family has offered the area for some 70 years.

As proud as I am to share the authentic dishes we are preparing, I am also pleased to share some of my family heritage by displaying photos of various family members from great grandparents to cousins, from the old country to the new.

While dining at the Milano Cafe I hope you enjoy our authentic dishes served with the flair of the old world, and like the walls of my restaurant. I hope that your dining experience is graced with the company of great family and friends.