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“Great food, great service and a great value” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Milano Inn

Milano Inn
231 S College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202-4005
317-264-3585
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Ranked #77 of 1,921 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Armenian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: College & South
Description: Relying on Italian hospitality and good food, Milano Inn has stood watch as Indianapolis has evolved. It was founded during the Great Depression, flourished as manufacturers prospered during the 1940s and survived as subdivisions lured families to the suburbs starting in the 1950s. It has seen the rise and fall of Market Square Arena and the Hoosier Dome. Skyscrapers, world-class hotels, and a resurgence in urban living has revitalized downtown in recent years and, as always, Milano Inn has welcomed those from the neighborhood and beyond with warmth, and tried and true family recipes.As custodians of this proud tradition, the LaGrotte family, Chef John White, and everyone else at Milano Inn invites you to have a seat at our table.We have beautiful outdoor seating arrangements, free parking, a full bar and wonderful hospitality. We welcome celebrations for special occasions and have room rental options at no cost.
Indianapolis
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food, great service and a great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My wife visited Milano Inn on a Saturday evening. We arrived about 10 minutes before our reservation and were immediately seated. We were seated near the bar area and the bartender (can't remember his name) was our server. His personality, as well as his knowledge of the menus, was excellent. I ordered the spaghetti with clams in red sauce and my wife ordered the chicken, sausage, and peppers with pasta. We also split one of their $15 bottles of Merlot. Everything was very tasty and the portion sized were large. Salad or soup and bread came with the entrees as well. We both had the faggioli (sp?) soup and it was to die for. Our bill for everything including wine and tip was under $50! Very good value. We'll definitely be returning to the Milano Inn.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Molly C, General Manager at Milano Inn, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you very much for the kind review, WhippetHouse! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience at Milano Inn and we hope to see you again very soon.
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Carmel, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“went to a charity event and food was great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

good seating, service and food was really good. Hard to do with a large crown sometimes!
Basic Italian fare with salad andbreadsticksdone well.

Visited May 2012
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Molly C, General Manager at Milano Inn, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Hi JT,

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate the feedback, and hope to see you again soon!

Thanks,

The Milano Inn Team
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Ojochal, Costa Rica
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Mama Mia - that's Italian!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Great neighborhood place that's now upscale w/ its outdoor plaza dining and indoor garden room. Plenty of space to have a reunion with old friends and enjoy fantastic Italian fare!

Visited September 2012
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Molly C, General Manager at Milano Inn, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Thank you very much for your kind words, IndyLady01. We appreciate the feedback and hope you'll dine with us again very soon.
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Brownsburg, Indiana
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Not so Italian”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This restaurant used to be one of the better down town Indianapolis restaurants but no longer.
The penne pasta that I had for dinner had canned artichoke hearts and canned tomato's it also had lots of water in the bottom of the bowl (not that I got to the bottom) My friend had a very acidic spaghetti with meat sauce and my other girlfriend had an Alfredo that needed lots of salt and pepper. House salad was good but only got one small serving of bread to share, Service was adequate but not fantastic restaurant is very dark inside.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Molly C, Manager at Milano Inn, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
We sincerely apologize that you didn't enjoy your experience; we usually hear positive things from our diners! We would have been happy to address your concerns in the restaurant if you have mentioned these issues (or provided you with a different dish). We have taken note of your comments, and we can assure you that we use fresh ingredients. Also, we prefer to go light on the salt and pepper so individuals can season to their liking and health needs. Thanks again for your comments.
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“Pleasant suprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I haven't been to this restaurant in over 12 years. I recently purchased a local 'deal' to try it again. We went at lunch time on a Saturday and there was only 1 other couple there. This worried me at first. The food was very flavorful and large portions. The bread was served very warm and was also delicious. The sausage tortellini soup had incredible flavor. The chicken rosemary lasagna although it tasted great, did not have any rosemary flavor which was a disappointment.

Visited September 2012
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Molly C, Manager at Milano Inn, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Since our recipes are always changing to make them better, we have taken note that you loved the sausage tortellini but were hoping for more "rosemary" flavor in the chicken rosemary lasagna - thanks for the review so we can continue to evolve.
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