A Casa with Franco Nuschese

Café Milano meets Forest Hills.

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Topped by a slate room, the 1904 stone house is entered from a circular driveway.

Topped by a slate room, the 1904 stone house is entered from a circular driveway.

Cafe Milano has been called Washington’s version of Rick’s Cafe, the hang-out in the movie Casablanca. The popular Georgetown restaurant, which celebrates its 14th anniversary this month is similarly frequented by politicians, diplomats, celebrities – and the folks who like watching them.

Behind Cafe Milano’s longevity and success is its very own Rick, Italian-born owner , who looks more like Napoleon Bonaparte than . Nuschese’s welcoming charm, applied equally to celebrities and less famous guests alike, is part of what keeps people coming back to the crowded eatery night after night.

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