Franco Nuschese – restaurateur, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and loving father – was born in Minori, Italy, and now resides in Washington, DC. He is honored to have been recognized by the following organizations for his contributions to the community:


2003 – included on GQ’s list of the “20 Most Powerful People in Washington…That You’ve Never Heard Of.”

2003 – named to Washington Life’s “Men of Substance & Style”

2004 – honored by charitable organization Knock Out Abuse Against Women for his continued support

2005 – appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine

2006 – received the Award for Excellence in Business at the Sons of Italy Foundation’s National Education and Leadership gala

2007-2008 – co-chaired the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) galas in Washington, DC

2008 – received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Past honorees include six Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.

2008 – hosted the 81st birthday lunch for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC

2008 – joined the Board of Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design

2008 – appointed Director of International Relations for the Robert C. Gallo Foundation for AIDS and Virus Research in Baltimore, MD

2010 – knighted “Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the President of the Italian Republic

2011 – honored at the Citizens Association of Georgetown gala for making Cafe Milano a community asset

2011 – received the Starlight Children’s Foundation Community Star Award for contributing to the health and well-being of children and their families

2011 – appointed to the Board of Directors of International Diagnostic Solutions, which provides consultation and diagnostic services in the areas of autism, developmental delay, and special education

2011 – received the Outstanding Sponsorship Award from the National Council for the Promotion of Italian Language in American Schools (COPILAS)

2011 – chaired the highly successful gala for the Catholic Charities Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, DC

2012– elected Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the Order of Malta to Antigua & Barbuda

2013 – elected to the Global Virus Network’s Board of Directors

2013 – elected to The Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors

2014 – became a member of the Georgetown University Italian Research Institute Board of Advisers

2015 – received the Cafe Milano Award at the Children’s Ball from the Children’s National Health System

2015 – received the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) 40th Anniversary Award for Leadership and Service

In addition to the accomplishments listed above, Franco Nuschese has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington National Opera, the Board of Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, the Afghanistan World Foundation, and, in a trustee capacity, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

Franco Nuschese is a proud supporter of the following organizations: