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Milano Inn

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231 S College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

(317) 264-3585

Today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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General Info


The Milano Inn has served delicious food with Italian hospitality to downtown Indianapolis since 1934.
Back in 1934, when Indianapolis’ population was less than half of what it is today, a late 19th century brick building on a hill just southeast of downtown opened for business as The Milano Inn restaurant. The Holy Rosary-Danish Church Historic District, a neighborhood named for its population of working-class Italian immigrants, lay just a few blocks to the south. Milano Inn quickly became a home
away from home for those residents and the neighbors of Irish Hill, the predominately Catholic district in which it operated. 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.

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Downtown Indianapolis
Fast Food Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Take Out, Fast Food, Italian, European, Continental


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Awesome Food

Super food -- you WILL have leftovers & priced right!! Highly recommend.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Gourmet Meatballs

I went here for the lunch buffet for a work lunch and liked it so much that I brought my family back the following weekend. The service was excellent and the history is fascinating.

Try their gourmet meatballs - you won't regret it!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Italian American Cuisine, Dog Friendly Patio

So, we went to Milano Inn since I read on ""Bring Fido"" that their patio was dog-friendly. Brought our golden and enjoyed a great meal with a nice view of the Indy skyline. I'm not as much of a foodie as I am an ambience person, so it was right up our alley.

The food was excellent for the price (we went to lunch). Honestly, I was blown away by how affordable it was. And, they were even flexible on making a meat dish customized for me since I'm vegetarian.

All in all, great experience, and on our list to return during the warmer months. Other things I should mention was that the restrooms were incredibly clean, the place has a great bar, the patio has bocce ball and the menu is quite extensive. Hope this helps!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Italian in Indianapolis

I recently moved to Indianapolis and have been craving some good old fashioned, family-style Italian food. Someone recommended Milano Inn and so I gathered a group of friends for a lunch date. This place is amazing! The food was served warm and fresh and you get so much food for your money.

I ordered the Sausage and Leek Farfalle with Minestrone soup. Both were very rich in flavor and I left with plenty of leftovers.

I will definitely be going back very soon. They have an outdoor patio with bocce ball and cute lights. Not to mention parking was free and easy... I will be recommending this to everyone - especially those looking to go out to eat in large groups!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Food

This place is full of history and all family. My uncle told me about this place and I do love good home style Italian food and this was it. I got ravioli expecting tiny portions, no I got something better. One huge piece stuffed with the most amazing Italian sausage and cheese, it filled me up and the service was always on point, I love my sweet tea and my glass was never even half empty, if you want family history and a one of a kind place with beyond amazing food this is it.

larry wilson


Provided by Citysearch - 
Milano Inn is Amazing

Milano has roared back as an amazing place to dine. You have to vist and see what they have done with this place and the food remains as good or better. My new favorite place downtown Indy.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Cheap Buffet Quality Food, Next to Homeless Shelter

The quality of the food is low. It compares a little less than Buca's and I think that Buca's is a lower quality food. Some of Milano's dishes are better than bad. Their calamari is pretty good! Their buffet is really horrible. The buffet is like eating bad hospital food. The building is next to a jail, a homeless mission, and right dab in the middle of a gheto blighted area. I have really wondered how they stay in business over the years. Every time I get dragged out to Milano's I am disappointed.



food is great and the staff is friendly and helpful

I have eaten here several times and the food is always fresh, the meat is always cooked just as I order it and the staff is great. This is my husbands and I's favorite place to eat.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Outstanding Customer Service!

Milano Inn is an amazing restaurant plain and simple. The portions are enough to feed two people and the service is unmatched. The lasagna is the best dish hands down....truly unique.

Moreover, the atmosphere and Italian decor make the restaurant an amazing dining experience. The Milano Inn is an old-time Italian staple of Indianapolis and hopefully will be for years to come!



Provided by Citysearch - 
It is DEFINITELY Italian!!!

This is the best place for Italian cuisine. Service is supreme and the food is out of this world. The only place I will take out of town guest for the best Italian in Indianapolis.