Meet the Owner

Franco Nuschese

Business executive Franco Nuschese is the owner of several diversified enterprises with global interests.

Nuschese was born in the town of Minori on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.

A resident of Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years, Nuschese began his career first in London, then in Las Vegas. During his initial tenure in Las Vegas, from 1983 to 1991, Nuschese managed restaurants for Caesars Palace, and also was assistant vice president/Europe and Middle East operations, for Caesars World, Inc.

In 1992 he opened Cafe Milano in Washington DC. On 2016 Cafe Milano marked its second location in the world at Four Seasons Hotel in Abu Dhabi, in the vibrant atmosphere of the Al Maryah Island waterfront.

From 1994 to 2001 Nuschese worked at the MGM Grand. Today he is the owner of several diversified enterprises with global interests. He is president of Georgetown Entertainment Group LLC.

In 2006 Nuschese received the Award for Excellence in Business at the Sons of Italy Foundation’s National Education and Leadership gala. In 2008 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Nuschese is a board member of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology and of the Global Virus Network. He serves as member of the Georgetown University Italian Research Institute Board of Advisers. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council.

He is “Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in recognition for setting a positive image of Italians in America and throughout the world.

On April 2008 Nuschese hosted the 81st birthday lunch for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican Embassy. He currently is involved with Catholic Charities, with the Children's National Medical Center, and contributes to events benefiting American military troops and veterans. In 2015 Nuschese received the Cafe Milano Award at the Children’s Ball from the Children’s National Health System, as well as the St. Pio Foundation Award and the National Italian American Foundation Award for Leadership and Service.